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Is HP Now a Friend or Foe of Cisco?

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While I’ve seen a lot of kudos of our innovative Unified Computing System announcement in the last two weeks, I have been concerned by some of the “Cisco declaration of war” theme coverage. As someone here at Cisco, who has successfully worked with HP, this information seemed in accurate.  So let’s set the record straight. 

First of all, Cisco entry in the adjacent server market space with Unified Computing System is not about going after the competition. It is about catching a market transition or inflection point to help our customers unleash the power of virtualization in their data centers.  The Unified Computing System addresses many of the pain points our customers have in managing and unleashing benefits of virtualization in their data centers.

Secondly, HP entered Cisco core switching business several years back with its ProCurve product line. Cisco and HP successfully continued their partnership in other areas in the interest of our mutual customers.

That said, what does the UCS announcement mean to Cisco-HP partnership? This brings us back to the title of my post. Well, in the interest of our customers, it is not going to be a friend or foe scenario in general. The reality is we will compete with HP with our Unified Computing System, however, other existing areas of collaboration with HP will continue.

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Douglas Gourlay is the Vice President of Marketing for Cisco’s Data Center Solutions Group.

Douglas Gourlay leads global marketing for Cisco’s Data Center technologies. As Vice President of Cisco’s Data Center Solutions Group, Gourlay defines and executes Cisco’s global marketing strategy for data center, virtualization, and cloud computing solutions. This includes the Nexus and Catalyst Data Center Switches, Application and Server Load-Balancing, Storage Networking, Blade Switching, and Wide-Area Application Services product families and their IT solutions.

Since 1998 Gourlay has led and contributed to numerous hardware, software, and systems architecture developments across Cisco. He has served as senior director of product management for the Nexus Family of Data Center switches, director of product management for the Catalyst® 6500 Series of LAN Switches, and led product management for Cisco’s Application Delivery product family. Gourlay has filed or holds more than 20 patents in networking technologies.

Prior to Cisco Gourlay was an industry consultant and served as a US Army Infantry Officer.

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