HP and Cisco Systems today revealed plans to integrate Cisco's network switch technology into the HP BladeSystem architecture.
The firms claimed that bringing their respective technologies together using a newly developed Cisco Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for the HP BladeSystem can reduce data centre management costs.
"One of the hurdles facing large scale growth in the blade market is the lack of standards around blade design," said Kelly Quinn, Senior Research Analyst, IDC Research.
"HP and Cisco's joint efforts to incorporate network switch standards into blade design should help lay the groundwork for further standardisation, which, in turn, will help promote market adoption."
Expected to be available in February, through HP and its reseller channels, the Cisco Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module integrated with the HP BladeSystem enclosure is designed to enable extension of the Cisco network from the server through the data centre infrastructure.
Rick Becker, vice president and general manager, BladeSystem Organization, HP, said the integration could simplify network and management.
Pierre-Paul Allard, vice president of enterprise marketing, Cisco said: "Customers require a standard approach to connect data centre resources to the network with the same network features and functionality that are part of their current infrastructure.?
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