Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28

2. NetApp
Demise Prediction Rate: 21%
January 2009 Market Cap: $4.86 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $11.58 billion

NetApp is the vendor on everyone’s shopping list. Rumors are persistent that IBM, Cisco, EMC or HP might buy the storage vendor to bolster their portfolios. IBM, which sells about 20 percent of NetApp’s gear, is the prime suitor in any acquisition scenario. NetApp seemed exceedingly vulnerable when it lost the bidding war for Data Domain to EMC. But NetApp continues to post success after success. As one analyst said, "Everyone wants to buy NetApp, but it just keeps getting too expensive."

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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