ITWorld Canada - Analyst predicts HP ProCurve will drop its routers

(12-Nov-09) If Hewlett Packard Development Company LP acquires 3Com Corp., HP will probably keep its ProCurve division but stop making its own enterprise routers, a Canadian analyst said.

 “In the router area they will probably do away with the HP ProCurve product line,” said Ronald Gruia, Toronto-based program director for emerging telecoms at Frost & Sullivan, a San Antonio, Tex.-based research firm.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP announced Wednesday a friendly takeover offer for Marlborough, Mass.-based 3Com. The agreement has yet to be approved by shareholders of either company but another Canadian analyst thinks the move will cause alarm within the San Jose, Calif. headquarters of the vendor that dominates the switch and router market, Cisco Systems Inc.

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