HP, Cisco Networking Gear Work Together in New Private Cloud Data Center
Cisco Networking Equipments Coexist With HP Units
While HP and Cisco Systems are fierce rivals in the networking space, HP actually recommended that some Cisco equipment be included in the new data center, like this Cisco Catalyst 4900M switch. DAS executives also recommended keeping Cisco switches at the offices of some of the 165 companies owned by parent company, Omnicon, a marketing and advertising firm.
Hewlett-Packard gave tech reporters and bloggers a tour Sept. 6 of a new data center it developed for Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a marketing services firm, in Atlanta. DAS is part of Omnicon, the parent company of about 165 marketing, advertising and public relations agencies. While HP networking equipment abounds in the new data center, it also recommended the installation of some equipment from rival Cisco Systems in a few instances. DAS executives said HP acknowledged that some existing Cisco switches should stay where they are because some Cisco routers are more robust than HP’s and because HP doesn’t yet have a firewall product on the market.