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HP buys Aruba Networks for $2.7 billion
HP buys Aruba Networks for $2.7 billion

Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011. Aruba, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., makes Wi-Fi networking systems for shopping malls, corporate campuses, hotels and universities. Its business has grown as more people are using mobile devices at work, school and elsewhere. Aruba may help HP capitalize on that trend, which has cut into sales of traditional HP products such as desktop computers. The deal also could help HP compete with tech rivals such as Cisco Systems and gain new access to Asian markets, particularly in China....

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