“HP to Acquire Aruba Networks to Create an Industry Leader in Enterprise Mobility” – this was the headline Monday. Seems like an interesting and bold move by a company who doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record with acquisitions (Tipping Point, 3Com, and Opsware to name a few). To be honest, when the rumblings of this event first hit my desk a week ago, I may or may not have let a few select words slip!
Upon taking a step back, we all have to realize that mergers and acquisitions are part of the world we live in, and the technology space is not immune. We like to refer to it as shaking things up a bit. The publicly available information related to the HP/Aruba deal sounds really good – the founder and all the upper management of Aruba plan to stay on long term, and ultimately intend to lead the combined wired and wireless business of HP. If these plans become the reality, the result could be good for everyone. At this time, High Point Networks has no plans to change direction, and is continuing to certify our staff on various components of the Aruba product line (Clearpass, Mobility Controllers, pre-sales design, post-sales support, etc). In fact, we will very soon have completed everything necessary to achieve the highest level in the Aruba Networks Partner Program.
Aruba Networks is hosting their “Atmosphere” Partner Community event this week in Las Vegas, where I’m sure we’ll hear all about the new plans as they stand today. We will keep you posted on what we hear! In the meantime, it’s business as usual.
Tom McDougall, President & CEO, with Justin Fetsch, Vice President of Sales
Read the full announcement here.