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"3PAR intends to engage in discussions with HP promptly regarding its unsolicited acquisition proposal, and share non-public information with HP regarding 3PAR, in order to more fully evaluate HP's proposal with a view to establishing whether it is a 'Superior Proposal'" 3PAR said in the SEC filing.
The three firms -- 3PAR, Dell and HP -- have been talking privately about an acquisition of 3PAR for several weeks. The discussions came to a head last week when Dell publically announced its offer to acquire 3PAR. HP could simply trump any Dell bid immediately or it could extend the bidding contest.
HP's latest offer for 3PAR represents an 87% premium for the thin-provisioning storage firm's stock price. 3PAR is a valuable property, because it had the vision years ago to begin developing software and hardware as a service over storage and server virtualization. 3PAR's utility approach in which storage users pay for what they use has become popular in cloud computing applications.