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The Top 10 Networking Company Acquisitions Of 2018 (So Far)

The networking industry's major vendors were in acquisition mode in the first six months of 2018, as both Cisco and HPE made major buys.

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The networking market was a busy place of acquisitions, especially late in the first half of the year. The action was led by the industry's major players, with networking behemoth Cisco Systems snapping up three companies, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise's high-impact acquisition of Plexxi.

For many of the players in the first half's acquisition market, the goal was to take steps to create more complete, core-to-edge, or fully integrated solutions that allow customers and partners to speed sales, simplify environments and take some pressure off IT budgets.

The unified communications space also saw some action, with Plantronics closing its $2 billion acquisition of Polycom, and setting itself up to offer one of the broadest portfolios in the industry.

Here are the top networking acquisitions this year, so far.

(For more on the biggest news of 2018, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.").

 
 
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