HP has purchased the rights to fast switching technology from Riverstone Networks to fill a gap in its current ProCurve networking range.
In a $28m deal HP has bought hardware design blueprints and software operating system source code to Riverstone's XGS 10Gb switch. Riverstone retains its ownership of the operating system software and will continue to develop similar products.
"This is a one-off acquisition that demonstrates our commitment to the market," said HP's ProCurve business manager John Wetherall.
"Our whole strategy is about moving functionality out from the centre of the network to the edge. This [acquisition] gets us to that more quickly and gives us a competitive edge."
HP's strategy of moving away from a central network core is in marked difference to that of Cisco. The firm is hoping that as more and more functions are added to networks their architecture will lead to less pressure on central servers and make networks more resilient in the event of a server crash.
"ProCurve's becoming really popular in Europe," said Rachel Power, analyst at Canalys.
"The strategy seems to working for [HP]. That's not to say Cisco aren't also shifting some functions out to the edge while addressing the network's core."
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