HP Accuses Cisco of Diverting Data Center Standard

Tuesday Feb 8th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

The two had been working together on switch specifications, but no longer.

NetworkWorld: HP and Cisco don't exactly have a history of working well together, but the two had been cooperating on two new standards for data center switches--IEEE 802.1Qbg and 802.1Qbh. Now, however, the two standards have diverged sharply, and HP says that it's Cisco's fault. “Cisco decided to change the scope and it broke a lot of the cooperation,” says HP's Paul Congdon. “Where we might have had a vision, we now really see two (specifications) without commonality, which is really unfortunate.”

In response, Cisco's Joe Pelissier says, “Cisco did not drive this. This additional capability was driven by feedback from the (bh) committee during the normal ballot process. Of course, Cisco enthusiastically supports providing this capability in bh as it greatly enhances the versatility of the technology, extends its longevity, and enhances its usefulness to our customers.”

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