HP Data Center Initiative Rivals Cisco Proprietary Architecture

HP snubs Cisco’s single-vendor, proprietary approach with new FlexNetwork.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted May 18, 2011
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According to a top HP (NYSE: HPQ) executive, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has been overcharging customers. In light of the allegation, HP revealed a corporate technology architecture it claims will simplify and lower the cost of data-center systems. Unlike Cisco’s single-vendor, proprietary approach, reports Market Watch, HP’s FlexNetwork architecture would allow businesses to set up and run a streamlined network without necessarily locking them into specific vendors.

"’Single-vendor, proprietary approaches, such as Cisco’s, lock in customers while driving up cost and complexity with different architectures required at each point in the network, including data center, campus and branch,’ H-P said in a statement.”

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