Cisco breaks up with HP

Cisco Systems has dropped Hewlett-Packard as a certified channel partner and global service alliance partner, and intends to compete with the company for future business.
In a YouTube video posted on Friday, Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization chief, Keith Goodwin, said his company’s relationship with HP had “evolved” from partnership to “companies with different and conflicting visions of how to deliver value to our customers”.

The five companies have had longstanding partnerships in server switch and unified communications expertise, but Cisco’s move in to servers in the coursework of 2009 saw an increasing rivalry between the firms in the information middle.