HP Partners: HP Vs. Cisco
HP partners said the acquisition is going to put pressure on the networking giant Cisco due to Aruba's wireless product line combined with the power of HP.
"This deal to me shows the vulnerability of Cisco and the fiefdom Cisco had in networking," said Bob Venero, CEO of Future Tech, a Holbrook, N.Y.-based HP and Aruba partner. "HP is going after Cisco for a bigger piece of that market."
In the most recent quarter, HP showed an 11 percent drop in networking sales, compared to a strong quarter from Cisco, which included 11 percent sales growth in its switching business.
HP partners hope the acquisition will cut into Cisco's wireless market share.