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

Analysts suggest companies Cisco could acquire that would boost its storage presence in the market.

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Where's Cisco's Storage Play?

Does Cisco need a storage acquisition after the closure of its Invicta storage business last year? Cisco partners, analysts and even competitors say a better storage play is needed from the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant in order to win the converged infrastructure market and compete effectively against the likes of a Dell-EMC.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Senior Vice President and General Manager Manish Goel recently said Cisco is not a full-stack vendor and lacks the storage component in the full-stack converged infrastructure era. "When you don't own the critical part of the stack, you simply cannot drive the innovation agenda," he said, referring to Cisco.

CEO Chuck Robbins said Cisco's storage strategy is through technology partnerships, such as with NetApp, but is open to change in the future. "At any point in the future, if the customer feedback is that we need to do something differently [in storage], then we'll take that assessment and look at it," said Robbins in an interview with CRN.

Here are eight companies that analysts said are a good storage fit for Cisco -- as well as one vendor they say the network leader shouldn't be eyeing.

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