Now that Dell bought Wyse/Quest, it's time for HP to buy Citrix and Cisco to buy EMC/VMware

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.

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?

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?

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