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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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Aruba Partners: Cautiously Optimistic

Despite record revenue coming in at $212.9 million for its second-quarter earnings unveiled last week, Aruba partners are hesitant to celebrate following the news of the acquisition.

Partners were initially concerned that the acquisition could hurt their Aruba business, as well as put tension on already established relationships with vendors like Juniper Networks and Brocade Communications.

As more information about the acquisition came to light, partners were a bit more comfortable about the deal, but are still not completely onboard. Partners were happy Aruba executives would still be leading the wireless network, as well as keeping their philosophy of open system networking.

"It appears that they're going to let [CEO] Dominic [Orr] and [CTO] Keerti [Melkote] lead the networking group and keep them very separate, autonomous, and this could be a good kind of change for HP -- a good direction to go down," said Bill Tracy, director of solution architecture at Portland, Ore.-based solution provider Structured Communication Systems, an Aruba and Juniper partner. "[I'm] cautiously optimistic."

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