Likewise, Cisco's management deserves more credit than they've received. Although the company has gotten more than its share of criticism, management continues to ignore all of the noise and focus solely on execution. However, as Cisco is looking to leverage its strong services business with more cloud-based purchases, Cisco needs to make a play for
Palo Alto Networks
(PANW - Get Report)
to shore up its security business.
I've said this before and it's worth repeating here; letting Palo Alto get into the wrong hands such as
or even F5 would be a colossal mistake. Palo Alto's recent 50% revenue growth and strong margins can't be ignored. So far, Cisco has shown that it is willing to leave no stone unturned to find growth opportunities -- regardless of how much it cost. And this is one more it needs to make.
Once enterprises start migrating fully into the cloud, there will be no company that is better positioned to deliver the level of one-stop-shop service that will be required. In the meantime, investors would be wise to add shares at current levels as the stock has a good opportunity to trade in the $25 to $30 range during the course of the next 12 months.
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