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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NetApp sells both block-based SAN and file-based NAS storage. It has a proven history of providing solid products that perform well and it would be a great data center complement to HP's server and networking strengths. At about one-third the size of EMC, NetApp still has room to grow and would benefit from access to HP's expansive customer base.
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.