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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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CEO: Amir Khan

Market Cap: Not a publicly traded company

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) startup would be a "great steal" for Cisco in 2016, according to the financial analyst. "SD-WAN is very hot right now, and Viptela is the most visible of the new SD-WAN players," he said.

According to a recent report by Gartner, WAN carriers will increasingly incorporate SD-WAN capabilities into their enterprise-class service offerings. By 2018, 10 percent of enterprises will have replaced their WAN routing with SD-WAN, up from less than 1 percent in 2015.

The startup emerged from stealth in May 2014, touting its Secure Extensible Network as the first software-based solution that integrates routing, network security and segmentation policy into a single solution. Viptela CEO Amir Khan was director of product management for Cisco from 2002 to 2007, before jumping to Juniper Networks.

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