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The Big Picture: 5 Viewpoints On HP's Acquisition Of Aruba Networks

CRN takes a look at important viewpoints from channel partners and vendors regarding HP's decision to acquire Aruba Networks.

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Cisco Partners: No Big Deal

Cisco partners are brushing off the acquisition, saying many other vendors like itself and Dell have done similar acquisitions, such as Cisco buying Meraki and Dell acquiring SonicWall.

"Cisco's acquisition of Meraki was quite a bit more prescient. They were ahead of the curve with a cloud-based wireless controller, and I think that HP is kind of just playing a 'me too' role in that capacity," said Tom Clancy, a founding partner at the New York-based company Valiant, a Cisco partner.

Other Cisco partners said HP has a bad history of acquiring companies then letting them fall by the wayside.

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