HP has put in a bid for storage virtualisation provider 3Par of $1.6bn. It follows Dell's earlier move to acquire the thin provisioning specialist for $1.5bn.
HP said the addition of 3Par's next-generation storage architecture would accelerate its own converged infrastructure strategy.
According to HP, 3Par's scalable storage systems would strengthen HP's ability to deliver the high performance, efficiency and reliability to customers worldwide. The combination would bolster HP's storage offerings and diversify its portfolio across key growth markets, HP said.
Dave Donatelli, executive vice-president and general manager, enterprise servers, storage and networking at HP, said: "We've seen great momentum with our Converged Infrastructure strategy, and 3Par accelerates that strategy, particularly in cloud and scale-out markets."