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.



blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Release: Veeam Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 7.0

July 23rd, 2014

Veeam today released version 7.0 of the Management Pack for monitoring and management of VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012.
New in this release…

OpenNebula 4.8 Beta introduces support for Azure and SoftLayer

July 22nd, 2014

OpenNebula has just released the Beta version of its OpenNebula 4.8, codename “Lemon Slice”, that finally introduces the long awaited support for public clouds providers others than Amazon AWS….

Video: VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch

July 21st, 2014

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the hot challenges that nowadays enterprises are facing, that’s why AirWatch acquisition, made by VMware earlier this year, is extremely significative together…

Paper: VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures

July 17th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware Virtual SAN Design and Sizing Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktop Infrastructures". The paper which contains 16 pages focuses on the definitions, sizing guidelines,…

Citrix releases Tech Preview of next version of XenServer

July 16th, 2014

Citrix has released a technical preview of XenServer codenamed Creedence the next major version of XenServer, which is now at version 6.2. When released this version will probably be version…

Release: VMUnify v3.0

July 16th, 2014

The Indian company VMUnify, originated from MindTree’s innovation program, announced this week the general availability of version 3.0 of its homonymous solution for managing Virtual Infrastructure Enterprises, Private or…

VMware announces general availability of vCloud Hybrid Service in Asia-Pacific region

July 15th, 2014

vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s owned and operated IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering, released in September 2013 in the US only and extended to Europe (UK) in February 2014….

Paper: Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide

July 10th, 2014

Microsoft has released a paper titled:"Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide". The paper which contains 53 pages helps you to understand how to design a virtualization fabric that is able to…

Gartner releases its 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

July 10th, 2014

Gartner has released its annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, again positioning VMware and Microsoft in the leaders Quadrant. Leaders in this market have a clear strategy and…

Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5

July 10th, 2014

Red Hat has released its OpenStack platform version 5. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The…

Paper: HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

July 3rd, 2014

HP has released a paper titled: “HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS“. The paper which contains 15 pages provides guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack Icehouse…

Release: Oracle VM 3.3

July 3rd, 2014

Oracle has released version 3.3 of its enterprise virtualizatoin solution. The virtualization solution is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor technology, supporting…

VMware releases public beta of Virtual Volumes

July 1st, 2014

Besides releasing the public beta 2 for vSphere 6.0 today, VMware also released a beta for Virtual Volumes (VVOLs).
Virtual Volumes allows a Virtual Machine and its disk to become…

Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.1

July 1st, 2014

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.0 which was released in December last…

 
Monthly Archive