SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

November 16, 2010 08:45 ET

More M&A Activity in the Data Storage Industry Expected Going Forward

The Bedford Report provides Analyst Research on EMC Corporation & NetApp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - In recent months the Data Storage Devices Industry has become a hotbed of Merger and Acquisition activity. As companies get larger and experience diminishing returns in their core business, they are showing their willingness to utilize their large resource pools to acquire smaller companies in a race to diversify themselves. Given the limited opportunities for meaningful acquisitions, the companies in stronger financial positions, and the willingness to act, stand to gain the most from such activities. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Data Storage Devices Industry and provides research reports on EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-EMC

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-NTAP

Tech stocks kicked off the week nicely after EMC said it would buy the data-storage-technology company, Isilon Systems, in a deal worth $2.25 billion. The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close late this year.Data Storage companies have been some of the more popular targets in the latest String of M&A activity in the tech sector. Data Storage companies play an important role in cloud computing, which has become an increasingly popular trend this year.

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Following the EMC/Isilon deal, speculation of further consolation in the data storage industry has heated up. Jefferies & Co analyst Bill Choi cited NetApp as a potential takeover target. NetApp has been gaining market share in recent quarters due to its presence in the network-attached storage market, which is expected to grow faster than the overall data storage market.

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