IBM Unveils Anti-Cisco Networking Hardware Strategy

As I noted earlier this month, the recent Cisco Systems (CSCO) decision to to move into the server business came with the risk that it might irritate both IBM (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), both of whom control big pieces of the server business while also reselling Cisco networking gear. In my previous piece, I noted that there was a growing belief on the Street that IBM was likely to partner with Brocade (BRCD) and possibly others in an effort wean itself away from selling Cisco switches to its customers.

Well, today IBM made it clear that is is pressing ahead with its anti-Cisco strategy.

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