Enterprise Networking: 3Com to Take On Cisco in Enterprise Networking
3Com was a major player in the enterprise networking space until about five years ago, when officials decided to focus their attention on smaller and midsize companies. However, during that time, through a partnership with Huawei Technologies, 3Com had a stake in H3C, an enterprise networking business in China. In 2006, 3Com bought out Huawei for $882 million, gaining sole control over H3C. Now 3Com is ready to grow H3C beyond the Chinese market, and is looking to challenge dominant player Cisco Systems in the United States, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere. 3Com is announcing May 11 that it not only is bringing H3C's entire line of networking products global, but also adding new offerings, including new enterprise-level switches and a new management software product, Intelligent Management Center. 3Com officials say that China is the only market where Cisco faces a real market share challenge in H3C, and that they want to expand that competition worldwide.