Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has just announced its intention to acquire Aruba Networks (ARUN), a leading provider of innovative, high-quality Wi-Fi networking infrastructure for large indoor and outdoor venues. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Aruba was purchased for $3 billion in equity value. The acquisition instantly makes HP second only to Cisco Systems in the high-growth wireless market. According to the official announcement, Aruba Networks boasts a highly regarded innovation engine and specialized sales, marketing and channel model, which will complement HP’s networking business and go-to-market breadth. Together, HP and Aruba Networks will deliver next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the strong Aruba brand.”

Moss, headquartered in downtown Grand Rapids, has been a long-time partner of both HP and Aruba, and has designed, installed and serviced hundreds of projects incorporating their products. For this reason, Moss is uniquely positioned to handle customers’ needs during the transition, and beyond. Ron Spencer, Moss Network Sales Director, commented on the news, “We’re happy to answer any questions HP and Aruba customers have about the acquisition. Moss is seeing a lot of interest in upgrading to 802.11ac technology, which is much faster and better performing in both indoor and outdoor wireless environments as well as branch locations. Aruba has tremendous wireless mobility solutions – which is why HP was interested in them in the first place.”

The new organization will be led by Aruba CEO Dominic Orr and Co-Founder Keerti Melkote, both pioneers in open systems and network management. HP plans to retain Aruba’s unique culture, including the Airheads tech community, focus on mobility solutions and innovative research & development team. The official Aruba Networks announcement of the merger can be found here.

For more information, contact Ron Spencer, Moss Network Sales Director, at 616-451-9933.