It's paying a proper chunk of cash but these days $150 million only buys you a little bit of the master of the x86 virtualisation universe -- 1.6 percent to be precise. EMC cut one of the sweetest deals in tech history by picking up VMware for $625m in 2004. Today, the company is worth not much south of $10 billion.
Cisco sees the deal strengthening the bond between its networking kit and VMware's king-of-the-castle virtualisation programs. Even at that fat price it might also be a good investment since virtualise/consolidate is the mantra for every datacentre you know. µ
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