Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28
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4. McAfee
Demise Prediction Rate: 20%
January 2009 Market Cap: $4.96 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $6.46 billion

McAfee is a vendor that has appeared in a number of death pools over the past five years. It may be the world’s largest pure-play security vendor, but it’s still a distant second to Symantec. Rumors have persisted that McAfee has tried selling to Cisco, HP, Microsoft and even EMC. That chatter stopped though last spring when McAfee changed its tune and started positioning itself for growth. McAfee is now focused on getting bigger rather than selling out.

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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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