The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Motley Fool senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Phillips discuss emerging trends in technology.

In today's edition, Jeremy and Eric pit Cisco against Riverbed to decide which one of these networking leaders is the better buy. While Eric and Jeremy both like Cisco's overall position atop the networking industry, they're also looking for ways to get exposure to growth markets where Cisco is lagging behind. This opens up not only opportunities in buying a company like Riverbed, but other peers in niche areas of networking.