Looking to further assert itself in the networking arena, HP today completed its $2,7-billion acquisition of 3Com.

The company says it will integrate 3Com’s network switching, routing and security solutions with its existing HP ProCurve solutions, creating a comprehensive portfolio for customers.
Combined with its global reach, HP adds, the expanded portfolio solidifies its Converged Infrastructure strategy which is built on the integration of servers, storage, networking, management, facilities and services.
With this integration, HP says customers will be able to simplify their networks, deploy an edge-to-core network fabric for the enterprise and improve IT service delivery capabilities.
The acquisition of 3Com expands HP’s Ethernet switching offerings, adds routing solutions and significantly strengthens the company’s position in China. 3Com also brings to HP network security capabilities through its TippingPoint portfolio, the company says.