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3Com

(3Com Corporation, Marlborough, MA, www.3com.com) Founded in 1979 by Ethernet pioneer Bob Metcalfe, 3Com was acquired by HP in 2010, and its products were fully merged into HP's product lines. Offering a wide variety of network adapters, hubs and related products, 3Com was a leading networking and communications hardware vendor deriving its name from "Computer, Communication and Compatibility."

In 1997, 3Com and U.S. Robotics merged. Retaining the 3Com name, it created a USD $5 billion dollar company with more than 12,000 employees and was the largest merger in the history of the data networking industry. In 2000, 3Com spun off U.S. Robotics as an independent, privately held company.

3Com used to develop and support a line of network operating systems, which it discontinued in 1993. 3+Share was a DOS-based network operating system for PC and Mac clients. 3+Open was OS/2 based and supported DOS, OS/2 and Mac clients. See U.S. Robotics.
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The acquisition of 3Com expands HP's Ethernet switching offerings, adds routing solutions and significantly strengthens the company's position in China.
Rob Enderle, director of the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif., said the deal would give 3Com shareholders a quicker return on their investment than waiting for the stock price to go up, and possibly more than the stock might have reached on its own.
In the filing, Shaev claims 3Com breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders by accepting the US$2.7 billion offer, which values 3Com stock at $7.90 per share.
Analysts predict the deal would help HP expand their business operations in China where 3Com already has an extensive presence.
"We looked at several vendors for this project," says Claudiu Iarca, Project Director at Schneider Electric, "3Com demonstrated that their products met all our performance and energy efficiency needs - for a better price than the competition.
At the distribution layer and at the edge of the network, 3Com Switches 5500-EI PWR deliver enterprise-class features with space-saving stackability and energy efficiency.
The 3Com VCX VoIP systems connect seamlessly to the 3Com Gigabit network infrastructure, which supports email, web access and shared applications, as well as to five 3Com NBX 100 IP telephony platforms, which deliver premium quality voice services to the island's library and schools.
Superiority demonstrated "We were impressed, not only by the industry-leading price/performance of 3Com's solution, but by 3Com's responsiveness during the tendering process, as well as their ability to demonstrate the superiority of their products and services compared to the competition," said Zaki Sabbagh, CIO, Zamil Industrial.
3Com shareholders will receive $5.30 in cash per share, a 44% premium to the stock's Sept.
"The combination of 3Com's strong distribution network with Polycom's voice technology expertise makes this the ideal solution for our customers," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of Voice Communications for Polycom.
In other news, 3Com introduced a new set of VoIP applications for large enterprises designed to allow remote users to gain secure access to a company's converged communication network.