In a thinly veiled swipe at its arch-nemesis, HP has announced that all of its internal datacentres are now “Cisco free”.
The technology giant revealed today that all of its six internal next-generation datacentres are running company operations on HP Networking solutions.
Since April, HP engineers have replaced all of the non-HP core WAN routers and switches connecting the datacentres to each other and the internet. Some 75 HP A-series routers and switches have also been installed, it said.
Long-time bosom buddies HP and Cisco fell out last year as each encroached further into the other’s technology back yard.
The spat culminated in Cisco removing HP from its partner programme in April to stop its rival gaining access to product information.
Ken Gray, vice president of infrastructure for HP’s global information technology division said: “This past April we said we’d be Cisco-free for core WAN routing and switching in our datacentres and we are. We did it ahead of schedule and are seeing performance even better than we expected.
“Our engineers have done a great job proving it’s possible to run a network for a company the size and scale of HP on our own products and we did the migration without taking a datacentre offline.”
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