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HP ProCurve wrestles Cisco with new tag teams

By Brad Reese on Mon, 01/26/09 - 8:23pm.

Don't ever forget that wrestling superheroes Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan successfully tag teamed and beat the human colossus Andre the Giant and his tag team partner Ted DiBease at SummerSlam, why? Because today all eyes are on HP ProCurve as it wrestles goliath networking vendor Cisco with a new stable of tag team partners, billing themselves on enterprise marquees worldwide and to global networking fans as the ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) tag team.

Also today, networking champ Cisco weighed in with a message of its own to global networking fans:

LAN switching market: It’s about more than numbers

In my opinion, it appears that Cisco thinks because it generates 15 times the revenue of its next closest competitor in the LAN switching market, Cisco somehow is above the challenge presented by the new HP ProCurve tag team stable. According to Cisco, the "phenomenal growth numbers" of its competitor should be meaningless to existing and/or potential customers of Cisco (the networking vendor clone of superhero wrestler Andre the Giant).

HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE)

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Members of the new HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) tag team stable speak out:

Alan Baratz"Through our strategic alliance with HP and the ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem, we’ll deliver fully integrated IP networking and unified communications solutions and services with significant benefits for businesses and organizations," said Alan Baratz - senior vice president and president of Avaya global communications solutions.

Dan Matte"F5 is very pleased to be chosen as a strategic launch partner for the ProCurve ONE program and align much more closely with HP. We bring our deep expertise of the enterprise data center and market-leading application delivery networking solutions that give customers the flexibility to deploy solutions that scale and adapt on demand," said Dan Matte - senior vice president of F5 marketing and business development.

Dan Ryan"We’re excited about becoming a member of the HP ProCurve ONE alliance program and the opportunity to collaborate with HP ProCurve in building data center solutions that combine McAfee’s industry-leading network security products with HP ProCurve’s new family of data center switching products," said Dan Ryan - executive vice president and general manager of the McAfee Network Security Business Unit.

Tim Sinclair"HP ProCurve ONE will help customers resolve interoperability concerns by delivering an open standards-based solution that is effective and efficient. The combination of the HP ProCurve ONE initiative and Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) will provide customers with enhanced security and policy-based access that helps reduce downtime and boosts return on investment," said Tim Sinclair - general manager of Microsoft Corporation.

Eric Wolford"The inclusion of Riverbed WAN optimization in the HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem gives customers moving to next-generation data center models a best-of-breed solution that reduces costs and complexity, while improving application performance and employee productivity," said Eric Wolford - senior vice president of Riverbed Marketing and Business Development.

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What is your take, should Cisco be worried about the new HP ProCurve tag team stable?

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