HP Should Buy Extricom: A Modest Proposal

2Q 2008 | IN-1002257

Hewlett-Packard has long been Wi-Fi’s sleeping tiger. On the wire line switching front it has taken on Cisco and carved out a very healthy market share; in fact it has beaten Cisco in some market segments and is the number two player where it is not clearly number one. Conversely, the company has faltered when it comes to Wi-Fi and mobility. HP gives the impression that it is the kind of place where somewhere asks the time -and people schedule a committee meeting to get consensus. While wireless connectivity is supposed to reside within the ProCurve networking division, future technology directions are handled by a group that cuts across all divisions. So for a company that stresses its mobility, is that what we really see?

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