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Cisco Tells HP To Take a Hike

If you thought the breakup of Britney Spears and K-Fed was messy, HP and Cisco are bringing it to a whole new level. Until recently, HP was a Cisco systems integrator. Then two things went wrong: Cisco entered the server market and HP bought 3Com.

Like Britney, Cisco was the one to break things off, fearing that HP would use inside info against the networking giant. Feeling slighted, HP countered that plenty of competitors also cooperate.

The big winner is probably Microsoft, who just renewed its vows with HP and promises to do even more with the hardware giant.

Do you have any cases where vendors really do work together to the benefit of customers? Successes and failures equally welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on February 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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