HP Finalizes Fortify Acquisition

HP says Fortify's complete application security offering will enable it to better protect customers. Fortify's Software Security Assurance products and services help companies guard against threats posed by security flaws in software applications. Its Fortify 360 suite of software security offerings automates the development and deployment of secure applications.

With Fortify, HP will be able to tie security applications end-to-end through its hardware, software and services offerings. In a statement, HP said it plans to talk in more detail about its product integration plans for Fortify "at a later date."

"With this addition, HP will deliver one of the most comprehensive security capabilities for securing mission-critical applications in heterogeneous environments," HP said in a statement.

HP will run Fortify as a standalone entity while targeting the security market. Over time, HP will integrate Fortify into the HP Software and Solutions business and its products will become part of the Business Technology Optimization application portfolio, which is offered by HP channel sales and services partners.

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HP announced its plan to acquire Fortfiy for an undisclosed sum last month. The Fortify deal is one among many aggressive bids that Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP has made over the past year.

HP acquired Palm in April to the tune of roughly $1.2 billion, and network infrastructure manufacturer 3Com Corp. last November for a reported $2.7 billion. Most recently, HP bought utility storage company 3Par for $2 billion, after a prolonged bidding war with rival OEM Dell.