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It's late. When I wake up I'll formulate a proper response.
THE NEXT MORNING...
Ok, I'm up. And I've been on the Twitters twittering away about this. The video above pretty much sums up what I feel about the HP/Aruba acquisition.
I have strong feelings about this because I've been an Aruba partner for a long time. They have been a fantastic partner on every level. And even more - I really love their products. To me that's the worst part of this.
HP has a poor history of successful acquisitions. Most of their acquisitions are given up on after they lose interest. Or, decide to leave the market. Or, decide to become a software services company instead of a hardware company. Or, a new CEO comes in. Or, or , or... you get the picture.
I see no plus here at all. Not for HP, because I honestly believe they have no idea what to do with Aruba. And not for Aruba, because they will become, as most other HP acquisitions, irrelevant and forgotten.
They've had 7-8 years to make Colubris Networks something. And they have done nothing, but squandered their opportunity. They are practically invisible in the WLAN community with no contributions, or engagement at all. What will this change?
Aruba is an extremely active member in the WLAN community, but these are two different worlds - two different cultures. HP is the multi-billion dollar giant, and Aruba is the sub-billion dollar kid with the good looks. With the exception of Steve Jobs/NeXT, acquisitions rarely have impact on the culture they're being brought into - there's no way Aruba will influence the way HP does business. It's just not how it works. The smaller, less powerful, acquisition comes and gets absorbed into the corporation. Anyone really thing think a snotty 13 year old is gonna change an 80 year old curmudgeon?
In some cases,such as Aruba itself, acquisitions are strategic and targeted, and incorporated to make improve their products, or empowered to become even better than they were to start. HP is not a company that inspires the confidence that this will happen with Aruba. They have a culture of vain, arrogant, CEOs, that make large, expensive moves to boost their own egos, "legacy", and temporary bottom-line.
So, one could say I'm not happy with this move.