October 17, 2011 – Although typically rivals in the data center space, HP and Cisco announced a team up on a solution for connecting networking architectures.

HP and Cisco co-engineered Cisco Fabric Extender for HP BladeSystem, which connects Cisco’s Unified Fabric networking solution with HP’s BladeSystem data center infrastructure. The solution features capabilities for delivery of mission-critical applications on multiple server links, network provisioning from Cisco’s Nexus switch to up to two-dozen extenders and consolidated migration paths from 1GbE to 10GbE networks.

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