A week after Dell agrees to buy 3Par for $1.13bn, HP throws a spanner into the works by offering $1.5bn for the storage specialist.
3Par specialise in software for organising data on corporate servers and provide their services on a subscription based service over the web. Their software is designed to make the most of available space on data storage hardware to minimise costs using a technique called ‘thin provisioning' by which extra capacity can be added as needed.
With this aquisition, HP would increase their revenue from data storage to around 13% of total.
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