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10 Acquisition Targets To Counter IBM's Red Hat Deal

CRN looks at 10 companies that might be potential acquisition targets for cloud vendors looking to counter IBM’s $34 billion deal for Red Hat.

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What's Next?

IBM's agreement to buy Red Hat for $34 billion will almost certainly be the spark that sets off a chain reaction of acquisitions across the IT industry.

"We are at the very beginning of a major consolidation cycle. The floodgates are going to open as a result of this," Bradley Brodkin, CEO of Red Hat partner HighVail Systems, told CRN.

Like IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said, the Red Hat deal was simply about dominating the cloud. And dominating the cloud means dominating containers, Brodkin said.

It's worth remembering that other cloud providers like Microsoft or Google can still offer competitive bids on Red Hat.

In any case, Red Hat would owe IBM $975 million if the deal fell through.

But if those other companies can't convince the open source leader to back away from Big Blue, here are 10 other companies—some publicly traded, others prominent startups—that might look attractive to them, and potentially many other suitors looking to counter IBM.

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