Hewlett Packard is to include network switching technology from Cisco Systems in its "BladeSystem" servers to cut costs for users.
The pair said that running the HP BladeSystem - a blade server that can be plugged into racks - with the new Cisco Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module can reduce overall costs by increasing efficiency across customers' datacentre infrastructure.
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The aim of linking the technologies is to deliver consistent network services, including high availability, security, quality of service and manageability.
"By incorporating Cisco advanced switching technology into our blade offerings, HP will offer simplified networking and management while reducing complexity and cost," said Rick Becker, vice-president and general manager, HP BladeSystem Organisation.
HP is hoping the bundled networking abilities will give a boost to its blade sales.
Blade server sales are currently growing at 60% a year, according to analyst firm IDC. They are expected to account for one in every four servers sold last year.
IDC added that BM currently has the biggest share of the blade market with more than 40%.