CIOs split on Cisco blades vs. HP networking: survey

A UBS survey of just over 100 CIOs found an even split on whether Cisco and its new blades, or HP's networking momentum would have greater success over the next five years. Ninety-four of the 104 CIOs surveyed were from the US and Europe.

HP ProCurve only recently started a focused campaign on data center switching. And Cisco's Unifed Computing blade servers haven't even shipped yet. But the Cisco/HP data center battle is probably the furthest thing from CIOs minds...

Most expect their IT budgets to be down 5% from last year and feel pressure to spend a smaller percentage of it in the second half of 2009, according to the UBS survey. Indeed, market analysts recently cut their 2009 forecasts for US and global IT spending

Pricing, virtualization and a 2010 refresh of enteprise PCs will drive what spending there is in IT hardware, according to surveyed CIOs. The main beneficiaries will be HP and IBM in an environment flat to down from a year ago. 

In enterprise networking, the UBS survey found that CIOs believe HP has a better shot of success than Juniper, perhaps due to the linkage with HP IT hardware. That may be why UBS views the IBM relationship -- cloud computing, EX switch sales -- as key to Juniper's success in the enterprise. 

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