3Com Gives HP Core Networking And Amps Up Cisco Competition
The Converged Infrastructure Market Heats Up
November 12, 2009
Why Read This Brief
HP announced an agreement yesterday to acquire 3Com for about $2.7 billion. This deal is mostly about market — not product — acquisition. HP gets China (a strong growth market), a good enterprise switch, a solid security product, and a router portfolio. The networking assets give more power to HP's converged infrastructure — and data center — capabilities. This deal turns up the volume on the competition with Cisco. What happens next? HP continues to deepen its networking portfolio and broaden its data center capabilities — expect Brocade to be eaten up. Both Cisco and HP will continue buys, both need assets in the collaboration space, and HP needs to find a video response to Cisco's planned TANDBERG buy. Will Cisco go the other way and buy a services firm to compete with HP/EDS? Not yet. Cisco still has a run in high-growth markets and is not yet feeling the pinch that will force this — yet.
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