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

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Pure Storage (Not A Viable Option)

CEO: Scott Dietzen

Market Cap: $2.24 billion

A leading startup in the all-flash storage market is Mountain View, Calif.-based Pure Storage, which completed its IPO last year.

"Pure Storage is the most obvious name that comes up, but Cisco doesn't need to acquire someone that big," said Kerravala. "While Pure Storage does have a big customer base, Cisco does too -- so the premium they would pay for Pure wouldn't make sense."

Schulz agreed that Cisco would have to pay a steep price for the startup. "Plus, it's a one-trick pony -- it's all flash, only flash -- which is a growing market, but more importantly, Cisco shut down their all flash play in Invicta," he said.

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