Can HP Take Cisco in Data Center Switching Fight?

Wednesday Sep 21st 2011 by Enterprise Networking Planet Staff
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HP and Cisco battle for Ethernet switching market share.

HP and Cisco are currently in a war of words, market share and revenue in Ethernet switching overall, but author Jim Duffy, Network World, wonders if HP can put up a fight in the data center. As noted in this article, HP is conspicuously quiet even after spending $2.7 billion in 2009 to acquire 3Com.


"The data center is where virtually all of the action in switching is right now. And HP is a leading vendor of data center blade switches. But the company appears to be treading water in high-density 10 Gigabit top-of-rack switches and in the data center core.

"As rivals like Cisco, Brocade and Juniper unleash more 10G switches to address top-of-rack and core requirements, HP is conspicuously quiet even after spending $2.7 billion in 2009 to acquire 3Com. A big reason for buying 3Com, according to HP, was its data center switching portfolio -- chiefly, the A12500 core switch and the A5820 top-of-rack device. HP also offers the A7500 and A9500 for data center aggregation and smaller cores."

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