PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2011 – To ensure choice and interoperability for their joint customers, HP and Cisco today announced another option to bridge their data center server and networking architectures.
The solution offers tighter integration for customers investing in HP BladeSystem and Cisco Nexus switch environments by preserving investments with existing data center technology.
Co-engineered by HP and Cisco, this solution allows customers to easily connect and configure their HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure and Cisco Unified Fabric.
Benefits of the Cisco FEX for HP BladeSystem includes:
- increased network bandwidth and resiliency, which is needed for delivering mission-critical applications running on multiple server links;
- expanded flexibility to address changing business demands with consolidated migration paths from 1GbE to 10GbE networks;
- reduced network provisioning and maintenance required by IT administrators from the Cisco Nexus parent switch to as many as 24 fabric extenders.
HP BladeSystem c-Class provides integration of data center resources including cables, power supplies, fans networking and redundancy for increased efficiency and reduced costs by addressing IT sprawl at the server-to-network layer.
"BladeSystem customers are looking to HP for solutions that easily integrate into existing environments," said Jim Ganthier, vice president, Marketing, Industry Standard Servers and Software, HP. "This new solution allows industry-standard collaboration options for enterprises choosing HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure while simplifying their connections and reducing network costs."
"Our customers want to easily and cost-effectively take advantage of the latest Cisco Unified Fabric innovations," said Soni Jiandani, senior vice president, Server, Access and Virtualization Technology Group, Cisco. "By offering the Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender (FEX) for HP, our customers can extend the benefits of the Cisco Unified Fabric across their existing data center infrastructure."
Pricing and availability
The Cisco Fabric Extender for HP BladeSystem is now available directly from HP and its authorized partners. Pricing begins at $9,799.(1)
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(1)Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.
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