Top 20 Stories in September: HPE, Cisco, Fake Partners, Broadcom-VMware

Cisco said it would buy Splunk. A fake Avaya reseller pleaded guilty. But what was No. 1 in September?

Craig Galbraith, Editorial Director

October 6, 2023

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As the last of the summer holidays passes and our big vacations are in the rearview mirror, the pace of news tends to pick up after Labor Day. And 2023 is no exception, as our top stories countdown for September will show you.

M&A was front and center last month. For example – and it’s a big example – Cisco said it would buy Splunk in a $28 billion deal that will bring the latter’s SIEM solutions into the former’s fold and give Cisco partners an even more complete security package to offer customers.

Speaking of M&A, you continue to be fascinated by what we publish on Broadcom’s pending acquisition of VMware. That deal is even bigger than Cisco-Splunk, coming in at $61 billion, which, if finally approved, will be the second-largest tech acquisition of all time.

Dell recently announced a “partner-first” initiative in its storage business, and rival HPE was all over that — but in a subtle, not-naming-names sort of way.

And how about this one? Three people pleaded guilty for their role running a fake Avaya reseller business. They were distributing stolen Avaya licenses. Now they’ll be distributing sludge in the prison cafeteria.

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Craig Galbraith

Editorial Director, Channel Futures

Craig Galbraith is the editorial director for Channel Futures, joining the team in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as an anchor, reporter and managing editor in television newsrooms in North Dakota and Washington state. Craig is a proud Husky, having graduated from the University of Washington. He makes his home in the Phoenix area.

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