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Cisco/VMware Purchase Back on Front Burner

They're baaack...the rumors of Cisco possibly buying VMware and parent company EMC. Virtualization.info has a good breakdown of some signs that point to a possible acquisition.

It's all speculation, of course, but there's solid fact-reporting behind the theory. VMware had a very good Q4 in 2008, one of the few companies in the IT industry to do so. Cisco is primarily a hardware company, but is intensely interested in virtualization, as the upcoming Nexus 1000V demonstrates.

EMC and VMware seem to be getting along better since Paul Maritz replaced Diane Greene last year, but that doesn't mean that the storage and virtualization giants are a good fit. Still, given VMware's value, EMC might want to hold on to it -- unless it's been waiting for the right time to sell VMware for some time, and believes that VMware's value is at its zenith.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Keith Ward on 02/12/2009 at 12:48 PM


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