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From glass house, HP stones Dell's "tough road" to privatization

In the wake of Dell, Inc. (DELL) founder Michael Dell confirming rumored plans that the computer giant was going private, embattled rival Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) was swift to blast the move.

In a press release HP sniped:

Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers... [Dell's] ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb.

The company also took aim at Dell's "significant debt load" and suggests that it is eager to execute "plans to take full advantage" to poach Dell customers "eager to explore alternatives."

The statement seems a bit comedic coming from HP, whose shares have fallen 66 percent in the past three years.  HP has floundered in the mobile era, eventually abandoning ship on smartphone efforts.  It's fired or forced out two chief executives in the past three years, and its most recent executive, former eBay, Inc. (EBAY) CEO Meg Whitman has cut the company's outlook three times already, since she took over in Sept. 2011.

The statements are not HP's first flamboyant comments in recent months.  Since Ms. Whitman took over the company seems to be relishing its role as a melodramatic attention-seeker.  Most recently it engaged in a war of press-releases with former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, whom HP is alleging committed financial fraud.

Expect more groan worthy releases to land in months to come, as HP continues to lash about.

Source: HP

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RE: dying
By mevans336 on 2/6/2013 6:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
You're exactly right re: their servers. I bought a $10k HP server about 4 years ago and that thing was a mess. I was forced to buy it rather than a Dell because the customer was a California native and insisted on HP. The same server from Dell would have been about $7k and had much better management capabilities (DRAC vs ILO).

Even their Bladecenter is far out-shined by IBM's offering.

I don't do much with non DASD storage, but our SAN guy despises their SAN line too. He's a NetApp guy, but said HP would be his last choice of SAN from an OEM, behind IBM and even Dell.

RE: dying
By Nutzo on 2/7/2013 1:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
Used to really like Compaq servers, but they went down hill after HP bought them.

My current company uses Dell, and I wouldn't recomend anything else, especially when it comes to servers.
Other than a couple drives, I've had no problems with all the Dell servers we have.
I've finally had to started to replacing some of them, not due to hardware problems, but due the servers being so old the CPU's don't fully support 64 bit :)

Same with the Desktops/Laptops (we use the business line). I have old P4 systems that still work fine (other than being slow) after almost 10 years of use. Only problem is the old Maxtor drives are starting to die after so many years.

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