Cisco's being upfront with its customers about the reasons it's ending the partnership: It's gearing up for full-scale competition.
Cisco is ending its relationship with HP as a Cisco Certified Channel Partner in a move that will open the floodgates for full scale competition between the two firms.
It's hardly surprising after a year in which both Cisco and HP announced multiple competitive offerings that encroach on each other's traditional space.
"We are taking this action to be transparent to both partners and customers -- we will compete with HP for future business," Keith Goodwin, senior vice president of Cisco's Worldwide Partner Organization, said in a video message explaining the transition.
The partnership will formally end on April 30.
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