Not only were there a lot of deals, there wasn't the usual Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) buying spree to dominate the category. We charted about a dozen strong possibilities before realizing we had to winnow it down.
Later in the week, we'll list the actual reasons for picking the actual finalists. But I thought it would be more fun to look at the biggest also-rans first. Here's who missed the cut.
But a six-company entry looked awkward. Cutting it down to two or three pack leaders didn't feel right. And how much dealing was involved? We don't have clarity on how conniving the companies had to be (or not) to get it assembled. It might have been: "Dudes, let's, like, all bid." "Dude. Whatever." In the end, we weren't comfortable highlighting this one.
So, what's so great about the dealmakers we did pick? We'll cover that later. Meanwhile, if you want to debate our choices, the message board is open.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading