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By 'winning' 3Par, does HP lose the game?

Our national nightmare is over. Dell has given up its bid for 3Par, declining to match or exceed Hewlett-Packard’s latest $33/share (that’s–gulp– $2.1 billion) cash bid.

For anyone who can remember back that far, Dell’ s initial offer two weeks ago was $18/share or $1.2 billion. Two billion clams: Not bad for a company that has yet to turn a profit.

It will be interesting to see how well (or badly) HP does integrating this latest storage into its already interesting and varied storage lineup.

Dell gets $72 million from 3Par for its trouble.

There’s a lot of talk that HP’s bid is not at all the sort of “disciplined” acquisition the company claimed it will pursue. Many are saying that this is a pyrrhic victory for HP. My storage expert –that would be you Beth–say Dell is a much better fit for 3Par. Dell did a great job integrating EqualLogic while HP has done a much-less-great job with its myriad acquisitions over the past few years.

We’ll see.

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Digital was using Legato in their Unix, Novell was using Cheyenne, Data General was using Legato, Oracle Rman was from Legato, Sybase was using Veritas, Microsoft NT was using Arcada did we saw conflicts ?



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