Saturday, November 22, 2008

HP acquires Colubris Networks

I received a text message inviting me to a media briefing on Wednesday, November 26 about HP's acquisition of Colubris Networks. HP initially announced its intent to acquire Colubris Networks on August 11, 2008. The acquisition was completed effective October 1, 2008.

Colubris is a global provider of intelligent wireless networks for enterprises and service providers.

HP will integrate Colubris’ product line into its ProCurve Networking product portfolio. Since HP has no wireless network products it is relatively easy to integrate Colubris under ProCurve and in fact, just about one month after the acquistion, HP immediately announced its first Colubris/HP product: the HP ProCurve MSM410 single-radio 802.11n access point.

In addition, HP updated its ProCurve Manager to have the ability to automatically discover, map and initiate management of any Colubris product that would allow clients to have a single view of their wired and wireless network topology.

I believe that acquiring Colubris is an strategic move of HP to gain more market share in the wired and wireless market. It has already established itself in the networking world and this move will surely make them gain more foothold in the industry.

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