HP to Acquire Colubris Network to Enhance Wireless Technology

HP ProCurve announced that it had made an agreement to buy Colubris Network. Colubris delivers wireless integrated access, management and security products as well as 802.11n capability for enterprises and service providers.

Colubris specializes in the area of public-access applications, most notably in the hospitality industry, as well as the non-carpeted areas of the enterprise. They use contemporary, direct-forwarding architecture. HP is also a provider of WLAN product. But, HP’s presence is not that visible. I guess that the consolidation will bring more wireless capabilities and hardware into HP’s house and push strongly for office wireless market.

Remarkably, the move gives HP instant access to .11n, which they do not have in the current ProCurve product line and made a valuable base of customers and channel partners. They will ultimately have a wider unified wired/wireless product line, which is going to be very important to close any big deals.

“The acquisition of Colubris Networks will strengthen ProCurve’s hardware, management platform and services, significantly improving the overall performance capabilities of both wired and wireless networks, and will deliver even more best-in-class choices for our customers worldwide,” said Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, HP ProCurve.

There are certain terms and conditions to close the acquisition and the deal is expected to close sometimes by the end of the year 2008. The deal will help HP to broaden its coverage in the vertical of hospitality, transportation, health care, manufacturing, and education.

Source: Networkworld

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