HP just put out a press release stating that all six of its internal next-generation data centers are now running company operations worldwide on HP Networking solutions. In a shade under six months, HP has managed to replace all of the non-HP core (i.e. Cisco) wide area network (WAN) routers and switches that connect those six data centers to each other and the outside internet. They also installed 75 HP A-series routers and switches and upgraded and replaced 30 circuits – with no data center downtime.
This past April HP said that it wanted to be free of Cisco for its core WAN routing and switching in their data centers and not only did they do it, they did it ahead of schedule and are apparently seeing improved performance because of it.
HP’s data centers are located in Houston, Austin and Atlanta – two in each city. More than 85 worldwide internal data centers of 5,000 square feet or more, plus hundreds of smaller server locations, were consolidated into the six sites.
The next step in the migration plan is the installation of HP products on the fringes of the network connecting company facilities worldwide. So while HP isn’t completely free of Cisco just yet, it looks like they will be and sooner than a lot of people thought. The moves makes sense for HP because while Cisco networking gear is still superior to theirs the capability gap is closing and they don’t have to pay Cisco’s maintenance and support fees on that equipment anymore. The ROI on this move should be substantial and should more than make up for any issues that arise because of the change.