HP Procurve people buy into 802.11n
Acquires Colubris Networks
Hewlett-Packard's Procurve switching business plans to buy wireless access kit provider Colubris Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Colubris specializes in networking gear based on the 802.11n wi-fi standard, a technology set Procurve currently lacks. Colubris has been selling enterprise WLAN fanciness since 2000.
HP said in a statement that the purchase will help the Procurve business expand in markets such as transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, service providers, and education — the spots where Colubris' partners and customers hang out. HP will integrate the firm's technology into Procurve merchandise.
“The acquisition of Colubris Networks will strengthen ProCurve’s hardware, management platform and services, significantly improving the overall performance capabilities of both wired and wireless networks," said the newly-appointed Procurve chief Marius Haas, a senior veep at HP.
Colubris is technically the first acquisition under the Procurve banner, although HP has made networking buys in the past. HP's networking arm makes up the world's second largest enterprise LAN house behind Cisco.
The acquisition is expected to close at the tail of HP's fiscal year (which ends October 31). And, of course, the deal is subject to the usual closing conditions and hurt feelings that can lead acquisitions astray. ®
Re: Such a well-known brand too...
Colubris actually make some cracking bits of kit, especially their MSC range - far better than most offerings from Netgear, CISCO, Juniper etc.
This is a real shame - we can only hope that HP don't destroy a fantastic company.
Such a well-known brand too....
Right up there with Netgear, CISCO, Juniper.... Colubris Networks.... who? Never heard of 'em! Maybe Mr Haas is jealous that Mr Hurd has made more acquisitions than him and is seeking a bit of press to boost his image and position as the lesser Veeps queue up to be the next Carly... Then again, Haas.... who?
n... Or Draft n?
Has the final n spec actually been finished yet? I'm not touching anything that's draft-n - you know they'll be little incompatibilities between vendors that they never bother (or can't) firmware fix...