HP takes on Cisco with FlexNetwork platform

Summary:The company's network architecture product is designed to unify network set-ups on branch, campus and datacentre networks, and is part of a push to attack Cisco's market share

HP has outlined plans for network architecture dubbed FlexNetwork, along with a bevy of switches.

FlexNetwork architecture diagram

HP has outlined plans for network architecture dubbed FlexNetwork. Credit: HP

The FlexNetwork Architecture is designed to unify network set-ups on branch, campus and datacentre networks. HP's goal is to edge its way into networks so it can eat away at more of Cisco's market share. HP is promising that its FlexNetwork will adhere to open protocols to better glue together enterprise networks wherever they reside.

With the move, HP is looking to keep the pressure on Cisco, which has missed quarters, lost focus and is reshuffling its sales and engineering decks. However, Cisco has moved swiftly to renew its focus on the enterprise and it recently killed off consumer efforts like the Flip.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see HP opens latest assault on Cisco, pitches new architecture, switches on ZDNet.com.


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Topics: Networking

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