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Can HP Take Cisco in Data Center Switching Fight?
 

Can HP Take Cisco in Data Center Switching Fight?

Wednesday Sep 21st 2011 by Enterprise Networking Planet Staff

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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