F5 Mentioned as Takeover Target . . . Again

Looking at the search-engine terms that have led people to this impoverished blogdom, I see more than a few of you must have read the recent article in Barron’s on ten technology companies the publication has identified as takeover prospects.

The list includes the following companies: Riverbed Technology Inc.,
BMC Software Inc., F5 Networks Inc., Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Juniper Networks Inc., Red Hat Inc., Citrix Systems Inc., CommVault Systems Inc., 3Par Inc., and NetApp Inc.

Many of the aforementioned really do qualify as the usual suspects. F5 Networks, for example, has been the subject of periodic takeover speculation extending as far back as the late 90s. Obviously, none of that conjecture was validated. For now, anyway, I am willing to bet it will be no different on this occasion.

Among the companies listed, CommVault, 3Par, and perhaps Juniper seem most likely to find buyers in the near term.

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