HP acquires Opsware and Neoware

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Monday, July 23rd, 2007   |  

In May SYS-CON leaked some rumors about a possible acquisition of Opsware by VMware, immediately after its imminent IPO. In July Gartner mentioned again a possible interest from VMware in such acquisition.

True or not, HP was faster, getting both Opsware, focused on datacenter automation technologies (which have a huge potential in virtualization market), and Neoware, busy in thin computing market.

Quoting from the official announcement for Opsware acquisition:

HP today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Opsware Inc., a market-leading data center automation software company, through a cash tender offer for $14.25 per share, or an enterprise value (net of existing cash and debt) of approximately $1.6 billion on a fully diluted basis.

Upon closing, the acquisition will enhance HP’s portfolio of Business Technology Optimization (BTO) software. Combining Opsware’s solutions with HP’s enterprise IT management software will deliver a comprehensive and fully integrated solution for IT automation. Opsware is the latest in a series of strategic software acquisitions, including Mercury Interactive and Peregrine Systems, which expands HP’s leadership in BTO.

The acquisition of Opsware is intended to extend HP Software’s capabilities to automate the entire data center – from initial provisioning of servers, networks and storage devices to managing ongoing changes and compliance requirements – with integrated process automation, removing the latency inherent in today’s IT environments.

Following the close of the transaction, Opsware will become part of the HP Software business. At that time, HP also expects to appoint Ben Horowitz to lead the Business Technology Optimization organization reporting to Thomas E. Hogan, senior vice president, HP Software.

The acquisition will be conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Opsware, followed by a merger of Opsware with an HP subsidiary. The tender offer is subject to a number of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close before the end of HP’s fourth fiscal quarter of 2007…

Quoting from the official announcement for Neoware acquisition:

HP today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to purchase Neoware Inc. (Nasdaq: NWRE), a provider of thin client computing and virtualization solutions, at a price of $16.25 per share, or an enterprise value (net of existing cash) of approximately $214 million on a fully diluted basis.

The acquisition is part of HP’s strategy to expand in growth markets and further its leadership in personal computing. Acquiring Neoware is intended to accelerate the growth of HP’s thin client business by boosting its Linux software, client virtualization and customization capabilities, expanding its regional sales footprint and broadening its hardware portfolio.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Neoware stockholders will receive $16.25 for each share of Neoware stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The acquisition is subject to a number of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Neoware’s stockholders. HP expects the closing to occur in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2007…

Is HP working to become a 360 degrees virtualization vendor? If so the company will soon start looking at a hardware virtualization vendor to acquire. XenSource, Virtual Iron, Qumranet and innotek are alll good targets.



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