HP acquires 3Com. What’s next?

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Monday, November 16th, 2009   |  

hp logo

In the last two years Cisco made at least two long-term key investments in the server market: invested over $150 million in VMware and became a player with its own blade system Unified Computing System (UCS).

Cisco wants to sell and interconnect next generation data centers. To do so it needs servers, storage, networking, software abstraction and software management.
EMC is helping with storage and software management, VMware is helping with software abstraction.

The three worked together for some months and then announced a formal coalition, that will sell these integrated data centers through channels and direct relationship with customers (through a company called Acadia).

The joint effort of these three companies may be just an elaborate (yet remarkable) marketing exercise, but it certainly had an impact on the market.

It may have forced IBM to attempt the acquisition of Sun (which ultimately went to Oracle).
It may have forced HP to buy 3Com for $2.7 billion.

HP is the company that has the most to lose because of the VMware-Cisco-EMC coalition considering that it currently sells 36% of all physical servers that will run virtualized workloads, and that it’s the leader in this segment, ahead of Dell and IBM.

Cisco may use VMware to slip into the enterprises where HP reigns, like it attempted to do on the VMworld 2009 data center.
If Cisco becomes a real threat, HP will need servers, storage, networking, software management and software abstraction to counter it.
The question is not if HP wants or not to adopt a strategy that is similar to the Cisco one. The question is how long before the Cisco plans will allow HP to play nice with all three major virtualization vendors instead of buying the only one it can?


Labels: , ,

blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Release: Splunk App for VMware 3.1

April 17th, 2014

On April 15 Splunk announced the availability of Splunk App for VMware 3.1, the system that is competing with VMware Log Insight solution to provide administrators with a real-time…

Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

April 15th, 2014

Today Canonical announced the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS with a press release intriguingly focused on its role as an OpenStack platform.
This release, that will be available on…

VMware introduces vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

April 15th, 2014

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, launched in 2013 in the US and extended to Europe in February…

Paper: 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown

April 11th, 2014

PQR, a dutch technology company has released a paper titled:"3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown". The paper which contains 139 pages is written by virtualization experts, Benny Tritsch, Ruben Spruijt,…

Microsoft releases preview of Microsoft Azure Automation

April 10th, 2014

Microsoft has announced the release of a preview of Azure Automation. Azure Automation provides an orchestration engine for use within Microsoft Azure. Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation,…

Release: Citrix XenClient 5.1

April 10th, 2014

Citrix has released version 5.1 of its client hypervisor XenClient. XenClient consists of two technologies, the XenClient, which is a type-1 client hypervisor running on selected hardware and the XenClient…

Release: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

April 10th, 2014

In October 2012 Microsoft released version 1.0 of its Virtual Machine Converter tool (MVMC) allowing the conversion of VMware based virtual machines (VM’s) to Hyper-V based VM’s and virtual hard…

Paper: What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking

April 9th, 2014

VMware vSpere 5.5 was released in September 2013 and introduced a couple of improvements to the networking capabilities of the vSphere platform.
These enhancements could be resumed as follows:

More…

VMware announces Horizon 6, adding Server Based Computing as a solution

April 9th, 2014

VMware today announced the release of version 6 of its end user computing suite: Horizon.
Starting with this version VMware not only provides a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution based…

VMware elects Paul Sagan in the board of directors

April 8th, 2014

Yesterday VMware announced that David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC, has left the board of directors.
Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, former Akamai’s…

VMware announces Q1 vExperts 2014

April 2nd, 2014

VMware vExpert is the program, started in 2009, that “rewards” the individuals who has been recognized as active contributors of the community that rotates around the VMware ecosystem.
The program…

Red Hat releases beta of Enterprise Virtualization version 3.4

April 1st, 2014

Red Hat has released a beta for an upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) platform version 3.4. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) is Red Hats virtualization platform based…

Release: VMware vCenter Log Insight 2.0-beta

March 27th, 2014

Log Insight is VMware’s product for log aggregation, management and analysis. Introduced in June 2013, Log Insight is kept updated with a fast pace in order to be competitive on…

Release: Citrix XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5

March 26th, 2014

In January Citrix announced the upcoming 7.5 version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop and desktop and virtualization product XenApp. At that time especially the fact that the…

 
Monthly Archive