Hewlett-Packard rolled out a complete data center portfolio this week, which builds on its acquisition of networking gear maker 3Com.

And in an obvious shot at former partner Cisco, which is now competing directly for data center business with HP, the company touted the fact that its own newest data center is without a single Cisco product.

“We’re Cisco-free in this data center and have a plan to extend this freedom across all of our internal IT data centers next year,” Ken Gray, vice president of global infrastructure for HP, said in a statement. “We’re not locked into proprietary protocols that many in the IT industry are familiar with and this gives us more flexibility to change as our business grows.”

HP completed its $2.7 billion acquisition of 3Com a week ago, but it has been busy integrating its products into its data center lineup. The company said the portfolio of products will operate under the HP Networking label and announced that Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, would head up the business.

HP said it began construction of its own data center, located in the Houston area, in February of 2009. It includes 34 3Com core switching and routing devices, more than 300 HP ProCurve switches and four TippingPoint intrusion detection and prevention devices. It also claims the data center achieves a 50% reduction in power consumption versus previous installations and twice the port and capacity density.

“This networking technology provides a true competitive choice in a space that has needed more choices for almost two decades,” Randy Mott, HP’s chief information officer, said in the statement.



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