As many of you are probably aware, on November 11th HP announced plans to acquire 3Com for about $2.7 billion. I've received several e-mails asking for my opinion on this subject so I thought I'd take a few minutes here to share my thoughts as a network engineer who has been in the industry for a long time and has the opportunity to think strategically about technology. Before I get started I should come right out and say that I think that this is really good news. Of course, if you know me at all you know that I'm an eternal optimist and do you may doubt my objectivity. In this case I believe that my optimism is completely justified. Let me explain...
If you're a current 3Com customer, there are a lot of advantages to becoming a customer of HP. HP customers enjoy free lifetime maintenance on the network gear that they buy. Considering that HP's gear is some of the most aggressively price gear on the market, this is pretty cool. HP cusotmers also enjoy free software upgrades. This is sort of unbelievable when you think about it.
If you're a current HP cusotmer, this merger means that HPs portfolio of products will be greatly expanded over the coming months and years and that you can expect a more complete, cohesive network solution from this vendor. This is a bold step on HPs part to say that they are here to stay in the network hardware space.
If you're a Cisco customer, this merger means that Cisco will have to work even harder to maintain their dominance in this space and that's good news for you. I have always been and continue to be a huge fan of Cisco, but one of the most valuable things that any champion can find is a worthy adversary. Strong competitors force us to look deep within ourselves for undiscovered greatness. I'm looking forward to the progress that this merger will fuel.
If you're a SolarWinds customer, it's all gravy to you because SolarWinds products work with everyone's hardware. So whether you stay with what you've got or you decide to swap it out, whether you've got a homogeneous environment or a heterogeneous one, or whether you're biding your time to see how this merger changes technology for the next couple of years - you can trust that your SolarWinds apps will be there to support you.
Follow me on Twitter