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Cisco's Splunk Acquisition Gets Mostly Thumbs-Ups in Canalys Poll

The polls likely reflect ongoing concerns from Splunk partners.

Edward Gately

October 25, 2023

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A new Canalys poll shows the overall channel viewing Cisco's Splunk acquisition in a positive light, while just 17% say it's a terrible move.

In a separate Canalys poll, Cisco partners are generally positive about the Splunk acquisition and what it could mean for them. As for those reacting less positively, that could create challenges for Cisco.

More than 280 respondents participated in the overall channel poll, which took place online from Sept. 29-Oct. 24. Surveys are conducted regularly via Candefero, the online channel partner community created and run by Canalys. Candefero has thousands of members worldwide, and includes resellers, SIs, MSPs, distributors and retailers.

Splunk Acquisition Reactions Vary

When asked, "What's your view of Cisco's planned acquisition of Splunk?" the responses included:

  • Twenty-three percent said it's an "excellent move" and it gives Cisco a massive competitive advantage.

  • Twenty-six percent said it's a "good move" and it strengthens Cisco in key growth areas.

  • Fourteen percent said there are "some benefits, but these will be small in the short term."

  • Seventeen percent said it's a "terrible move" and Splunk's value will be "lost in Cisco."

  • Nineteen percent said they don't know or it's too early to say.

Alastair Edwards, chief analyst with Canalys, said the overall channel poll is a "pretty strong endorsement" of the acquisition.

"But these are not just Cisco-only partners," he said. "These are partners that would be already selling Splunk and that would be maybe selling Cisco, but may also be selling competitive products and vendors."

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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