HP is beefing up its enterprise software with the acquisition of two companies, Opsware and Neoware, for a total of $1,81-billion.
Opsware was founded by Marc Andreesen, the man who earlier founded Netscape, and it will go to HP for $1,6-billion.
Opsware develops software that automates the updating software and servers across large business environments.
The company, which started life doing Web hosting and later switched to solving IT pain points, generated revenue of about $100-million last year. It has 550 employees and 350 customers.
HP is also buying Neoware for $214-million. Neoware makes thin client computers and business software.