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Jan 21 2009   4:11PM GMT

Cisco might be entering the server market…

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So here’s a nice little tidbit. Cisco’s CTO announced that they are looking to enter the server business in her blog. 

Cisco making servers? That kind of struck me as odd. Sure they are the kings of the networking world but how well would they actually do making servers? Could they really compete against the juggernauts of HP and IBM in this arena?

HP is already competing with Cisco on their own turf with their ProCurve switches, so I guess this would be no different in the sense that Cisco wants to increase their market share by branching out into new territory. Would you buy a Cisco server if they made one? I would definitely be tempted to see what they had to offer but I do wonder what they could offer in that area over and above HP and IBM. 

Also during these tough economic times, it’s not exactly going to be a cheap proposition to open up a whole new server division. We shall wait and see what Cisco does….



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  • Daileyml
    Have you used the ProCurve switching platforms in a production environment? I'm not sure you can classify them as "competing" with Cisco. While the ProCurve line are decent switches for workgroup connectivity or limited Data Center deployments I would not rely on them for enterprise-critical connectivity. Just my $0.02. -Mike D
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  • Raj Perumal
    Hi Daileyml, yes I have and do on a daily basis as well as Cisco gear. I didn't say superior than Cisco, I said competing. ProCurve doesn't compete in all market spaces with Cisco but they do have some good products for basic switching needs in the small business market with their lifetime warranty. Competition means to attempt to strive for a goal or an objective against a rival, and I think this would qualify. It doesn't necessarily mean they're successful at doing so, but it still means they're trying, hence "competing". :) I personally agree with you, I think Cisco switching is better than ProCurve. -Cheers, RP
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