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This filing consists of a blog post written by John Vincenzo, Vice President of Marketing that was posted to the 3Com Blog, available at, on November 11, 2009.
HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion
November 11, 2009 by 3Com Corporation
Today 3Com entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by HP for an enterprise value of $2.7 billion. The result is a powerhouse that is intended to disrupt the networking industry by offering customers cost-effective, open standards-based alternative data center and network infrastructure solutions.
Not only is this a great transaction for our shareholders, who receive a significant premium over today’s closing stock price, but this move dramatically accelerates the execution of our proven “China Out” disruptive strategy by leveraging HP’s customer and channel reach, as well as its investment capabilities. The market will now have an unmatched innovative networking solutions provider that can serve all networking and data center needs under one roof.
With this announcement, our customers and prospects will get a direct response to their repeated requests for an offering that doesn’t lock them into proprietary network architectures, inflexible service offerings and unfocused strategies that at one point became the norm. In fact, they get a commitment from HP and 3Com to deliver an open, highly optimized and flexible IT environment that aligns infrastructure to business demands and doesn’t require customers to commit to a closed architecture or to settle for a cobbled-together solution.
This deal gives HP a leading market position and a large, talented, cost-effective R&D team in China, and an enterprise sales force in the rest of the world that has been consistently gaining market share across the globe with marquee wins such as Peugeot, SNCF, MIT, Infraero and the South Korean army, to name a few. It also gives HP access to a proven differentiator in our broad, modern product portfolio, which includes the H3C enterprise networking solutions and the TippingPoint security solutions that address our customers’ desire to have security as an integrated part of the network.
The networking industry experienced a significant change today. It gained a one-stop networking solutions provider that addresses the fundamental challenges facing customers today: simplifying and security the network, deploying best-in-class solutions with lowest total cost of ownership, and transforming the network from a connectivity tool to a business enabler. Of course, we have to obtain shareholder approval and certain government approvals, and meet certain conditions before we can close this deal; in the meantime, we operate as two independent companies.
I invite you to share your thoughts about this exciting industry development with us.



John Vincenzo
VP Marketing
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