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.

Eric Bleeker and Jeremy Phillips don't own shares of any companies listed above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Cisco Systems. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Cisco Systems and Riverbed Technology. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended writing puts in Riverbed Technology. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.