HP tells BladeSystem c-Class buyers to seek alternatives to Cisco blade switches

Paul Kunert

Hewlett-Packard has advised resellers and customers with immediate project requirements to seek alternatives to its c-Class blade system based on Cisco switches as component shortages have brought supply to a standstill.

The issue stems from the difficulties encountered by HP's one-time partner Cisco, which has been struggling to supply the channel with certain enterprise kit.

"Cisco is experiencing supply constraints on some components for its Catalyst range of products including switches for the HP BladeSystem c-Class chassis," said Peter Mansell, HP BladeSystem business manager.

He said HP was working closely with Cisco to resolve the problem but could offer no timeframe for the situation to improve.

"At the present no supply is available to clear the current backlog or complete any new orders. Customers who have immediate project requirements should consider alternatives," said the spokesman.

A version of this story appeared on Microscope.

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