HP eyes AppIQ

After I completed my review of AppIQ's Storage Authority Suite 4.0, I learned that Hewlett-Packard plans to acquire AppIQ. Although neither company had ever hinted at that possibility, I was only slightly surprised.

Storage management and storage resource management are critical areas for HP, and it's easy to speculate that the acquisition will help the company secure more direct control over future developments in that space. As for AppIQ, in addition to gaining financial serenity, the company will likely benefit from closer proximity to the multifaceted crowd of HP customers and the stronger punch of a heavyweight in the storage market.

As the saying goes, it's not over until is over. I, for one, await with interest the completion of the acquisition. How HP shapes Storage Authority to fit its strategic goals will be worth keeping an eye on.