HP Closes Neoware Acquisition
With the acquisition ofKing of Prussia, Pa.-based Neoware, HP plans to use the best ofboth companies’ technologies to create thin clients that are easierto deploy, more secure and more affordable. The deal will alsoextend HP’s regional sales reach.
Thin clients provide ahigher level of security, can reduce maintenance costs, and consumeless electricity compared to other desk-based computing productsbecause they contain no local data, no moving parts, utilizelow-power components and connect over a network to remote blade PCsand servers where data processing and storage occurs.
“The integration of Neowarewill enable us to offer the industry’s broadest portfolio of remoteclient solutions that deliver the most secure, reliable and easilymanaged computing infrastructure available today,” said KevinFrost, vice president, Business Desktops, Personal Systems Group,HP. “Our top priority is to ensure that Neoware and HP deliveruncompromised product and business continuity to our combinedcustomers.“
Prior to the acquisition,HP was the worldwide leader in each of the Microsoft Windows® XPe,Windows CE and Linux thin client categories. Acquiring Neoware isexpected to boost HP’s thin-client business in the areas of Linuxsoftware, client virtualization and customization capabilities.
Under the terms of themerger agreement, Neoware stockholders will receive $16.25 for eachshare of Neoware stock that they held at the closing of theacquisition and the company will be integrated into the BusinessDesktop unit of HP’s Personal Systems Group.
Microsoft andWindows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Neowareis a trademark of Neoware, Inc.
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