HP tells BladeSystem c-Class buyers to seek alternatives to Cisco blade switches


HP tells BladeSystem c-Class buyers to seek alternatives to Cisco blade switches

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Hewlett-Packard has advised resellers and customers with immediate project requirements to seek alternatives to its c-Class blade system based on Cisco switches as component shortages have brought supply to a stand still.

The issue stems from HP's one time friend but new found foe Cisco which has been struggling to supply the channel with certain enterprise kit.

"Cisco is experiencing supply constraints on some components for its Catalyst range of products including switches for the HP BladeSystem c-Class chassis," said Peter Mansell, HP BladeSystem business manager.

He said HP it is working closely with nemesis Cisco to resolve the problem but could offer no timeframe for the situation to improve.


"At the present no supply is available to clear the current backlog or complete any new orders. Customers who have immediate project requirements should consider alternatives," said the spokesman.


Billed as a data centre in a box, the enclosure can integrate HP ProCurve switches or its virtual connect module switches but reseller sources said customers that standardised on c-Class blades with Cisco switches "are unlikely to switch supply overnight".


Supply problems are impacting availability of all Cisco Catalyst switches whether it be internal, external and OEM.

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