There's a classic Onion article "Just Six Corporations Remain." In the IT world, there's talk about how we're going to see more mega-consolidation into a few super companies. On yesterday's Brian & Gabe LIVE show, we talked about the potential that Dell had if they created some kind of super offering by combining Quest vWorkspace, Wyse TCX, PocketCloud, and VDA, the MDM & MAM products, ChangeBASE, KACE, SonicWALL, and all the other products they have. If that actually happened, what would that mean for the other desktop & application delivery companies, and what would it mean for the other huge IT vendors?
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Maybe it means that HP should just finally buy Citrix, (something that's been rumored for years). That would allow them to go head-to-head with Dell for application and workspace delivery too.
If that happens, then it probably makes sense for Cisco to get together with VMware (and EMC). I don't understand how acquisitions work from the financial standpoint. VMware & EMC's combined market cap is almost as big as Cisco's, so maybe they'd have to merge. But putting all them together would be a strong counter to Dell and HP.
To me this seems like a question of "when," not "if." What do you think?