Cisco Pulls the Plug on HP

Cisco Unified Communications (UC) platforms run on server hardware provided by Hewlett Packard (HP) or IBM. The following UC platforms are supported on various IBM and HP platforms:

  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM)
  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition (CUCMBE)
  • Cisco Unified Unity
  • Cisco Unity Connection (CUC)
  • Cisco Emergency Responder (CER)
  • Cisco Unified Presence Server (CUPS)
  • Meeting Place Express (MPE)
  • Meeting Place Express – Video Telephony (MPE-VT)
  • Cisco Unified Contact Center Express (UCCX)
  • Cisco Unified Mobility Advantage (CUMA)
  • Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise

HP has recently announced a line of data networking switches that competes with Cisco’s switching business. Cisco and HP have been competing fiercely in the data center line of business, and it seems like the partnership between HP and Cisco is eroding. Cisco is encroaching on HP’s server market with the introduction of Cisco Unified Computing and the Nexus line of switches with the fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support.

One week prior to the writing of this blog, the Cisco account team told us that Cisco will no longer be selling HP-branded servers for Cisco UC platforms. In the future, Cisco will also not be supporting new UC integrations on HP servers purchased by customers. Cisco will be looking to replace IBM servers with their own branded servers in the future.

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Author: Dennis Hartmann

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