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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Voltaire could be instrumental in helping HP build out its virtual IO offering and for high-performance computing, including database appliances. But more interesting is Voltaire's Unified Fabric Manager, which oversees both Infiniband and Ethernet network performance by monitoring utilization, predicting congestion points, and managing the fabric paths to reduce congestion. Sophisticated fabric management will be a differentiator in converged data center networking and cloud architectures.
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.