8 Storage Companies Cisco Should Buy (And 1 It Shouldn't)

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CEO: Terry Cunningham

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Cisco is using Springpath's software-defined storage technology for its new hyper-convergence infrastructure product line -- HyperFlex Systems. The Sunnyvale, Calf.-based startup, founded by former VMware storage engineers, has already received investment funding from Cisco. Sources told CRN that Cisco also has the option of acquiring Springpath based on revenue results.

"If Cisco is confident that they've tested the waters enough with Springpath, then they might not need to do [an acquisition] of a NetApp or Nimble," said Schulz.

In a recent interview with CRN, Cisco CEO Robbins said: "We are happy with our Springpath relationship. … The early feedback that I'm getting from the field teams is positive."

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