Bidding for 3Par: Dell says $27, HP says $30

Ever faster, ever higher come the acquisition offers for storage specialist 3Par, which both Dell and HP are seeking to help boost their cloud-computing lineups.

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Stop us if you've heard this before: Dell says 3Par has agreed to a buyout proposal. And Hewlett-Packard has made a counteroffer.

On Friday morning, Dell announced that storage company 3Par had accepted Dell's third acquisition offer, this one at $27 per share, putting the total value of the cash offer at about $1.8 billion.


That bid matched a counteroffer from HP, which came Thursday afternoon.

But wait! Two hours after Dell boosted its bid, HP did the same--it's now offering $30 a share. For those more interested in big, round numbers, HP's hot-off-the-presses offer Friday morning would put the total value of a 3Par acquisition at about $2 billion.

Dell and HP are both interested in 3Par for the storage and data management savvy it would bring to their cloud-computing offerings for enterprise customers.

The Dell-3Par agreement includes provisions that allow Dell to match competing bids.

On Thursday, HP offered $27 per share for 3Par in response to Dell's second proposal, at $24.30.

The bidding war got under way after Dell's initial offer earlier this month to buy 3Par for $18 per share, or about $1.15 billion total. A week later, HP countered with a bid of $24 per share.

Both Dell and HP continue to expect that the deal--whichever one eventually comes to fruition--will close before year's end.

See also: David Scott of 3Par, take a victory lap

Update 6:48 a.m. PDT: Story now includes information about HP's latest counteroffer.