HP doles out plan to buy ArcSight for $1.5 billion

Most people have never heard of a tech security company called ArcSight, but HP wants to buy it for a pretty nice-size price tag of $1.5 billion.

Dell vs. HP and 3Par: Did Dell win by losing?

HP certainly paid a huge premium for 3Par to wrest the technology away from Dell, which received $72M in cash for the privilege. 

HP successfully snatches 3Par from Dell's clutch

The bidding war that left data company 3Par feeling pretty good about itself but will forever leave scars between Dell and HP, has ended after HP's offer of $33 per share.

3Par: First pivotal battle between Dell and HP

Both HP and Dell are at a crossroads - from the companies they were to the companies they will inevitably become.