HP's Worst Enemies
The 3Com merger put the kibosh on HP's salad days with Cisco. The two vendors are now locking horns for dominance in networking and unified communications. Cisco says it's the perfect partner for resellers streamlining customer data centers. And HP says that the added product lines from 3Com and a new partnership with Polycom in the UC arena are enough to put it on top.
If the HP acquisition of Palm has proven only one thing, it's that HP intends to continue the expansion of its web of dominance across a breadth of technological niches. But don't expect the competition to take it lying down. The more HP expands, the more competitive rivalries it enflames. Here are some of HP's most noteworthy competitors across its lines of business.