Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

7. Hewlett-Packard Buys 3Com
Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems (UCS) announcement did more than make a big splash, but also pitted the networking giant against many of its vendor allies – most notably Hewlett-Packard. HP didn’t take the news lying down; it responded by beefing up its ProCurve networking gear business – which is the second largest networking vendor by volume and sells more Cisco core infrastructure hardware than it does its own product. HP’s $2.7 billion acquisition of ailing 3Com bolstered its networking portfolio and put it in a much stronger position to counter Cisco not only in data networking, but voice communications and security. It’s one of the blockbuster deals of 2009 that will have reverberations for years to come.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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