HP hopes the acquisition, which kicks off its newly formed PC gaming venture, will provide the magic needed to fend off rival Dell in that market segment.
Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it has completed its acquisition of VoodooPC, the gaming PC maker that will now add a lineup of high-end desktops and notebooks to its offerings.
HP also said that as of Nov. 1, VoodooPC's co-founder and chief technology officer Rahul Sood will take on the role of chief technologist for HP's newly formed gaming PC business unit.
VoodooPC's other co-founder, Ravi Sood, will take over as the division's director of strategy and marketing, HP said. Both Soods will report to Phil McKinney, general manager of HP's gaming business unit and vice president and CTO of HP's Personal Systems Group.
HP's acquisition of VoodooPC comes after Dell's acquisition earlier this year of gaming PC maker Alienware, as the computer rivals stake out the high ground in the small but influential segment that has traditionally targeted gaming enthusiasts and power users.
Rahul Sood sounded a note of optimism earlier this week, before the deal formally closed, in an item on his personal Web log.
"I have received nothing but high praise about the deal in general. People are 'high-fiving' me in the hallways as I pass," Rahul Sood wrote. "People at HP Labs are excited by the prospect of working with us, and it feels like home when I visit all the sites."
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.