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Lest we forget, the trend of buying up smaller companies to fill large vendors’ Big Data portfolios isn’t limited to analytics. As we are reminded today with news that Isilon Systems is up for sale, scale-out storage companies also have been in the M&A crosshairs over the past year-plus (e.g., Bycast, Ibrix, 3PAR, etc.). Expect an offer to come soon, possibly from Dell, which seems to be mentioned as a potential buyer of everybody these days. Regardless who ends up with Isilon, though, will have a much stronger scale-out storage story to tell.