Verbal and visual mashup of HP's reasons for buying 3Com

Should 3Com have stayed independent?

Am not a fan of consolidation in the networking industry, as I believe customer needs are much better served by those networking vendors whom operate as independent companies. So naturally, I'm none too pleased that HP is buying 3Com. However, Dave Donatelli - HP executive vice president and general manager of enterprise servers and networking, spoke during an interesting webcast this week with regard to his motivations and rationale for purchasing 3Com. In all of the content that follows below, I've combined Donatelli's visual presentation to the words and thoughts he expressed during this week's webcast, which discussed HP's reasons for buying 3Com: "Out of the terms of the merger agreement, 3Com stockholders receive $7.90 for each share of 3Com common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The transaction is to be financed with existing cash. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of 3Com stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar half of 2010."

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