HP Gets Networking, Security, VOIP, China from 3Com Acquisition

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HP Gets Networking, Security, VOIP, China from 3Com Acquisition

by Jeffrey Burt

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Data Center Networking

HP ProCurve has strong small business networking offerings but has never had a significant core data center switch. With 3Com, HP will be able to add such hardware as the H3C S12500, a data center aggregation and high-end enterprise core switch that 3Com introduced in May. The switch offers greater performance and better energy efficiency than competing switches, according to 3Com officials.

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Network Security

Included in the deal will be 3Coms TippingPoint network security subsidiary, which offers enterprise-level products that will add to HP's networking capabilities. In October, TippingPoint introduced its N-Platform, a new intrusion prevention system platform for data centers and core networks.

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Through the 3Com deal, HP also will get access to the company's line of IP phones, including the 3102 business phone.

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The Chinese market is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the world. It also is home to 3Com's headquarters, where the company's H3C is the biggest challenger to Cisco.

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