HP can't afford to buy every one of our Desirable Dozen, but in the post-Mark Hurd era, the world's largest computer maker needs to consider acquiring more than a few of these companies. Here's who -- and why.
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Two HP attributes -- it plays well with many vendors and provides customers with strong options as opposed to just HP-branded products -- would transfer well into the infrastructure-as-a-service market. HP needs to plunge in. Buy Rackspace and preempt a belated move by IBM.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.