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Dell's Next M&A Target

Stocks in this article: DELL

CommVault, for example, has also been touted as a possible acquisition target for NetApp (NTAP - Get Report), underlining its status as M&A bait.

Toni Sacconaghi, senior research analyst at Sanford Bernstein, agrees that Dell is likely to shift its focus onto enterprises.

"I think where Dell wants to move is another hot hardware category like storage," he told CNBC's Fast Money. Like Noland, Sacconaghi sees CommVault as a likely target, along with Compellent (CML), underlinging the firm's desire to transition from low-margin PCs.

Sacconaghi also listed Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist Salesforce.com (CRM - Get Report) as potential M&A bait, which would certainly boost the firm's services business.

Shares of CommVault closed down $1.45, or 6.76%, at $19.99 Monday as investors responded to Dell's Perot deal. CommVault, however, is not the only firm with de-duplication in its armory, and virtual tape library specialist FalconStor (FALC - Get Report) could also be a potential target, along with Quantum (QTM - Get Report) and privately-held Sepaton.

-- Written by James Rogers in New York

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