3Com acquisition completes HP's networking lineup

Among other segments of networking, 3Com brings to HP's table a whole suite of solutions particularly in core routing, aggregation, campus core, and enterprise core solutions

IT solutions vendor Hewlett Packard's acquisition of networking equipment vendor 3Com late last year completes its lineup of networking solutions for the data center, further heating up the battle with industry leader Cisco on the networking front.

Among other segments of networking, 3Com brings to HP's table a whole suite of solutions targeted at the core networking space, particularly in core routing, aggregation, campus core, and enterprise core solutions.

Core networking products used to be HP's blind spot, as the IT giant did not have any sort of offering particularly targeted at the space, making fierce competitor Cisco inch ahead of the pack.

But with 3Com adding to the whole networking portfolio of HP, the vendor's network portfolio has been ramped up to include a whole line of core networking equipment, solutions for the data center, as well as security and management tools.

HP said its upgraded network offering will surely give Cisco a run for their money, especially because their offerings operate on the principles of open systems and interoperability.

HP likewise announced during the launch the release of their new generation ProLiant industry-grade servers, which can deliver 23:1 server consolidation ratio in one box.

The IT giant's announcement comes at the peak of its "Converged Infrastructure" campaign, an initiative focusing on melding resources into virtual pools so that they are fully utilized, saving firms costs and delivering added efficiencies.

Anthony Agustin, HP's enterprise server and storage group manager, said most companies today funnel 70% of their IT funds toward keeping the lights on, with very little left for innovation.

"Most firms are suffering from innovation gridlock," he said. "A lot of companies are managing silos of equipment that are old and very expensive to maintain.

Agustin said HP's converged infrastructure strategy works because it allows for different systems to be managed under a single management pane across the board. "The data center of the future will surely be built on a converged infrastructure," he claimed.

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John Mark V. Tuazon

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Topics: business issues, 3Com, Mergers / acquisitions, Networking, Hewlett-Packard
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