HP has increased its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of 3Par to $27 per share in cash, valuing the storage virtualisation company at $1.8bn.
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"Our revised proposal offers superior value to 3Par's shareholders, while maintaining our disciplined approach to only pursuing acquisitions that we believe will strengthen our portfolio and create long-term value for our shareholders," said Dave Donatelli, executive vice-president and general manager, enterprise servers, storage and networking, at HP. "Not only is our offer superior to Dell's proposal, HP remains uniquely positioned to execute on this combination given the number of synergies between the two companies."
3Par itself appears to be basking in its new found popularity. In a blog post on the company's site, it said, "To a lot of people, especially those who are unfamiliar with the storage industry, one of the obvious questions is "Who are these people and where did they come from?"