(Bloomberg) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman is contemplating the computer maker’s biggest deal in more than three years, showing the growing urgency of using deals to bulk up a corporate business beset by slowing demand.

The company is in talks to acquire Aruba Networks Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said. A purchase of Aruba, which has a market value of about $2.4 billion, may be announced as early as next week.

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