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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Public and private cloud computing require moving large amounts of data over a WAN. Silver Peak's NX appliances, which compete with those from Riverbed and Cisco, can significantly reduce data transfer times. And the company's partnerships with the likes of Brocade, CommVault, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, and 3Par would give HP inroads into storage customers.
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.