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Cisco, HP Clash over Pricing

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on July 15, 2009 · 1 comment

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From eWeek’s article entitled “Cisco, HP Clash over Networking Equipment Pricing”:

HP is looking to focus the debate around its networking equipment competition with Cisco around price.

Since they can’t compete on quality, that only makes sense.

Soderlund also said that HP ProCurve is looking to expand into the enterprise. HP ProCurve has a traditionally strong presence at the edge of the network, but HP is looking to move closer to the enterprise.

Unfortunately, I let HP “move closer”. I wish I hadn’t. They’re fine at the edge, but don’t let them “move closer” than that.

About this time last year, we spent six figures for new gear for one of our buildings. If I had been able to get Cisco gear for the same price as the HP gear (as the article seems to allude to), well, you know…

Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a Juniper EX4200. We have a “shovel ready” building construction project and $20 million. While purchasing gear for the new building is still a little ways off, I feel it is my duty as an employee to properly evaluate all the options and make the best recommendation I can.

That reminds me, I need to call the Juniper Sales Manager…

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