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The tug of war over 3PAR has picked up its pace. Thursday morning Dell upped its offer for the virtualized storage house to $24.30 a share, a scant 30 cents better than HP's surprise offer of $24 on Monday, but still roughly $1.53 billion, up significantly from the $1.15 billion tha...
If nothing else, HP Thursday morning made Dell's proposed acquisition of 3PAR more expensive. That was when Dell sweetened HP's unexpected $24-a-share bid on Monday for the virtualized storage house by 30 cents to $1.53 billion, up from the $1.15 billion that 3PAR accepted from Dell...
Dell's desire for 3PAR is driven, in part, by its belief that 3PAR, with its architecturally superior utility storage solution, is important to Dell's customers and will enhance its position in cloud-based storage applications. 3PAR's multi-tenant, clustered architecture enables IT org...
While HP debates whether to up its offer for 3PAR after Dell sweetened HP's $24-a-share bid for the joint by 30 cents Thursday morning, HP announced that another acquisition was already in the bag. It's bought database and application automation company Stratavia on undisclosed term...
HP on Wednesday unveiled a Private Cloud Readiness Program consisting of self-assessment tools. The company also announced a team of experts who, as pioneers in cloud computing, are driving future innovations and assisting clients with advanced cloud deployments. Get ready to assess,...
It’s a reporter’s dream. How often do you get a constellation of stars like this: IBM is trying hard to ignore the fact that one of its own, a guy that was supposedly a heartbeat away from someday becoming its CEO, is currently looking at doing six months in jail for whispering famil...
HP has saddled headhunter Spenser Stuart with the Herculean task of finding a superman to replace its ousted CEO Mark Hurd, somebody who can read a spreadsheet at 50 paces, squeeze innovation out of a dinosaur, make a disaffected workforce happy and make stockholders rich. It’s not the...
Hewlett-Packard moved first thing Monday morning to upset Dell’s pricey week-old bid for 3PAR, upping what was already a lavish 87% premium by a third to $24 a share, roughly a total of $1.6 billion compared to Dell’s $1.15 billion offer. HP claims its global reach and multiple channe...
HP has come up with a new reason for why it let Mark Hurd go. I forget how many this makes now but they keep getting better and better. According to the Wall Street Journal the board supposedly got ticked off because Hurd settled with the woman in question the day before he was fir...
Hewlett-Packard posted Mark Hurd’s last quarter Thursday delivering earnings up 6.1% to $1.77 billion, or 75 cents a share, on revenues up 11.4% to $30.7 billion, a tad better than what the company projected the numbers would be on August 6 when the board forced Hurd to resign. Its ...
HP Tuesday said it’s buying privately held Fortify Software, the security house, on undisclosed terms. Fortify is supposed to find, fix and prevent security vulnerabilities in companies’ custom-made business-critical software applications before they can be exploited. The pair have...
HP and Fortify Software on Tuesday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will acquire Fortify Software, a privately held software security assurance company based in San Mateo, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the acquisition of Forti...
Engadget heard that HP PC chief Todd Bradley, currently the leading inside candidate to replace ousted CEO Mark Hurd, dropped the first quarter as the timing for HP’s release of Hurricane, its Palm webOS-based tablet, during an all-hands company meeting last week, part of HP’s Hurd-det...
In the wake of Mark Hurd’s unceremonious exit from HP Friday August 7, one-time Blanc and Otis flak Caprice McIllvaine, the top aide who reportedly introduced Hurd to the woman who eventually brought him down, quit the company Monday. McIllvaine was head of HP internal communicatio...
Anybody really know why Mark Hurd was forced to resign? We ask because the story that HP put out Friday to explain why its golden boy suddenly wasn’t its CEO anymore doesn’t make much sense especially in view of the contradictions now coming from Hurd’s side of the aisle. If Hurd w...
Unable or unwilling to come up with an offer that betters the $2 billion acquisition bid that private equity house Elliott Management Corporation put on the table back in March, Novell cut its fiscal Q3 revenue guidance Monday and attributed the downgrade to “customer uncertainty” ass...
HP chairman, president and CEO Mark Hurd, 53, the buttoned-down golden boy the company brought in to clean up the mess left by his ousted predecessor Carly Fiorina, the guy who delivered on that charter beyond the company’s wildest expectations, quit suddenly this evening after a weeks...
Microsoft’s Software-plus-Services strategy represents a view of the world where the growing feature-set of devices and the increasing ubiquity of the Web are combined to deliver more compelling solutions. Software-plus-Services represents an evolutionary step that is based on existing...
Oracle said Thursday that Dell and HP will sell Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM on their x86 platforms, which will presumably come as some relief to customers uncertain of Oracle’s intentions. HP said in a canned statement that many users “have hardwired stacks of...
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be comi...
PC sales worldwide were up at least 20% in Q2. Gartner puts it at 20.7%, IDC at 22.4%. IDC thinks that Dell is the number two vendor to HP again. Gartner says, na, Acer’s still number two and Dell’s still in the number three doghouse. Global sales beat expectations. IDC found des...
HP and Microsoft on Monday announced their intention to work together on a Microsoft Windows Azure platform appliance that will enable large enterprise customers to confidently and rapidly adopt cloud-based applications as businesses needs change and grow. The companies will work toge...
HP on Wednesday announced that it is helping SFR, a leading French telecom operator, to generate new revenue by extending the advantages of cloud computing to its business customers. HP and SFR have built a complete cloud services platform designed to enable SFR to offer IT infrastruc...
Eucalyptus Systems and HP are new BFFs. The little open source cloud vendor now run by former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos has joined HP’s Developer and Solution Partner Program. Eucalyptus’ other BFF is Canonical whose latest Ubuntu distro includes Eucalyptus. As a buddy of HP, there’s...
Silicon Valley’s two divas, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, won their respective Republican primaries in California Tuesday night. Whitman will run against Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, now the state’s attorney general, for governor, succeeding Arnold S...
HP said first thing Tuesday morning that it will cut another 9,000 jobs over the next three years, take a billion dollars in restructuring charges, invest another billion dollars in its EDS-swollen services business and hire 6,000 people in sales and delivery. The job losses, part o...
Mirroring Intel’s Q1 results, Gartner says that notebooks outdid themselves in the first quarter, up 43.4% to 50 million units, their best year-over-year unit growth in eight – count ‘em – eight years thanks to the blessed consumer, who apparently went for the cheaper netbook models (u...
Worldwide server shipments were up 23% year-over-year in the first quarter, according to Gartner’s tally, while harder-to-come-up revenues were only up 6%. Gartner says growth on a worldwide level is back thanks to industry standard servers, but not – lest anyone get carried away – to...
HP revenues were up 13% year-over-year to $30.8 billion in the fiscal second-quarter ended April 30. A favorable exchange rate tickled the percentage rate to the tune of four points and HP’s recent 3Com acquisition, which closed during the quarter, contributed $50 million. Earnings wer...
HP came close to losing Palm to a company only identified as Company C in a chatty proxy that Palm filed with the SEC last Friday. Seems Company C – which might be Dell or Lenovo – dangled $6–$7 a share in front of Palm while HP was stalled at $4.75 but then cut its bid to an immovab...
Our latest BriefingsDirect interview is with an executive from HP to look at proper planning and execution for massive application-consolidation projects, specifically by examining an HP project itself. By unpacking this multi-year application consolidation project across global suppl...
Novell set this week as the deadline for acquisition offers, according to the Wall Street Journal followed by the New York Times. Elliott Associates LLP spokesman Scott Tagliarino claims Elliott, whose $5.75-a-share offer put Novell in play a couple of months ago, knows nothing abou...
OpSource is pushing into NetApp-based cloud storage weeks after jumping from SaaS hosting into the thick of enterprise-grade cloud computing. It’s got a public beta of its new Cloud Files widgetry out that’s a companion piece for its newly production-ready Cloud. Cloud Files are cr...
Michael Capellas has been tapped to run the cloud-bent Acadia joint venture between Cisco and EMC that Intel and VMware are invested in as well as the companies’ equally cloud-bent and even more important Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition, both formed last year. Capellas...
Well, he said when he left Microsoft at the end of January that he wanted to run an end-to-end business and now it appears he's going to. HP has named Bill Veghte, the former head of the $15 billion Windows business, the guy who managed the launch of Windows 7, to run its sorely lag...
In the wake of HP’s announcement last week that it’s buying Palm for a billion dollars it’s been roundly decided by the commentariat – egged on HP’s broad hints – that it ain’t for its smartphones, but for its laptop or tablet potential. And to underscore the point, TechCrunch, citing ...
In a stunning, largely unforeseen move, HP announced that it has shelled out $ 5.70 per share or roughly $1.2 billion to acquire Palm. Arguably a very aggressive and risky move considering that the fact that Palm's market share is about 5% in the U.S. and less than 2% globally. Symbian...
A week after closing its $2.7 billion acquisition of 3Com HP started to try pissing on Cisco’s shoes. It’s still smarting from Cisco’s infidelity in going into the server business. HP began by saying that its own brand new data center in Houston, Texas, is “Cisco-free” and the model f...
HP has rearranged some of the furniture, starting by moving Tom Hogan out of its Software & Solutions business unit and making him executive VP of sales, marketing and strategy in its $54 billion Enterprise Business group. Then it pulled Richard Geraffo out of VMware, where he ran th...
HP's Russian headquarters in Moscow were tossed Wednesday by the investigative arm of the Prosecutor General's Office at the request of German authorities according to reports by both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. It appears from the story the Journal has managed to piece tog...