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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One serious gap in HP's networking strategy remains application delivery and performance management. F5 Networks, already an HP AllianceOne Partner, would complement HP's story in high-speed data centers, application transformation and cloud computing. F5's BigIP appliances and application delivery products play a critical role in assuring application performance by adding new servers to existing application pools and load balancing among multiple data centers.
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.