Cisco Blades competing with HP

cisco.gifFrom the “what would you do with $30 billion” files:

Big day today for Cisco and the entire IT hardware market as Cisco enters a new market with its blade server announcement. The official press conference is at 11 AM ET, but it looks like Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior has already been talking.

“We’re going to compete with H-P. I don’t want to sugarcoat that,” Warrior told the WSJ. “There is bound to be change in the landscape of who you compete
with and who you partner with.”

HP already competes with Cisco, with its HP ProCurve equipment on the enterprise side, so I don’t think there is a real surprise in Warrior’s comments, co-opetition is the name of the game after all.

One thing is for sure, as I wrote on Friday, Cisco’s news today is Big News for IT in general. I’ve been writing on Cisco fairly regularly since 2004 and in the last five years I have never been solicited by so many different vendors and analysts all seeking to provide comment on this news.

It seems as though everyone has an opinion and something to say. Again this shouldn’t be a surprise. The typical bunch of Cisco networking competitors all have a view, then the new bunch of server competitors all have a view and then there are the analysts that cover networking and servers who all have views. Add it all up and today is going to be one busy day for tech.

At we’ve got this event covered and we’ll be updating our blogs and main site through the day as events transpire, so stay tuned.

**UPDATE** My story on the full news event is now up on the main site.

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