Cisco watch out: HP is also prepping a big data center networking push

Cisco isn't the only networking company that has the data center in its sights. HP ProCurve this week will unveil its first switches built specifically for data center applications, according to this story by Network World's Jim Duffy. He reports that ProCurve will also release a server module for existing switches that enables users to begin integrating and consolidating switching and application processing. Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group is cited in the story as saying: "HP's certainly in the data center business and for the first time ever they're talking about handling all communications, too. HP is looking at where it can succeed in the enterprise networking market and picking its battles strategically."

You can read Duffy's story in full here.

 It's no secret that Cisco is working on broadening its push into the data center. The company is this week reported to be adding green computing capababilities to its entire switching portfolio as part of its Big Bang switching upgrade project. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior recently blogged that Cisco's data center push is based on 'unified computing' and virtualization. Cisco is expected to release a new blade server system to compete with those from IBM and HP.

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