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Will The Cisco Buying Spree Continue? Analysts Predict 10 Possible Acquisitions

Analysts explain why these 10 companies, which include Check Point, Splunk and Docker, are likely top of mind for Cisco following a busy buying year in 2015.

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On The Trail

Cisco Systems did some heavy lifting on the acquisition front in 2015, unveiling its plan to spend billions to buy a total of 10 companies in a variety of markets including software and security.

Although most of the financial terms were not disclosed, the ones that were -- such as Acano for $700 million and OpenDNS for $635 million -- weren't blockbusters compared with Dell's $67 billion planned purchase of EMC. Some analysts and Cisco partners say 2016 will be the year the San Jose, Calif., networking giant makes a big acquisition such as Check Point Software Technologies or Splunk as fast-growing markets such as security continue to expand.

Here are 10 companies that analysts and partners are placing their bets on Cisco buying in 2016.

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