NEW YORK (
) -- From
$7.7 billion deal
ongoing bidding war
(PAR - Get Report)
, tech M&A is back with a vengeance. So who's going to be next?
Networking, security and storage are three of the hottest areas today, according to experts, with
all in the spotlight.
After a tough 2009, companies like
, HP, Dell and Intel now see a window of M&A opportunity, particularly given renewed uncertainty about the broader economy.
"I think that companies get the sense that we're not fully recovered," Brenon Daly, an analyst at The451Group told
. "Before we get deals knocked off by a double-dip recession or a mellowing in the economy, companies want to get deals pushed through."
With growing cash hoards, it's hardly surprising that some of tech's biggest names are driving M&A, according to Bill Soward, CEO of software specialist
"There's no question that this cash balance thing is becoming quite a challenge for these big companies," he told
, explaining that shareholders want to see cash put to good use. "I think that there are [also] some competitive pressures in play -- people are trying to redefine their business."
Read on for more on potential M&A targets Riverbed, ArcSight and CommVault: