ITWorld Canada - Cisco to drop HP as certified reseller

(19-Feb-10) Three months after Hewlett Packard Development Company LP announced a friendly merger agreement with 3Com Corp. and a year after Cisco Systems Inc. entered the server space, Cisco said it will not renew HP’s systems integrator contract.

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco made the announcement in a video blog Thursday. Cisco last March announced it would compete with large server vendors such as HP with its Unified Computing System blade server series.

Keith Goodwin, senior vice president of Cisco's worldwide partner organization, said Thursday in a webcast that the changing IT landscape, the evolving role of the network and his company's competition with system vendor means it can no longer share partner benefits with HP.

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