HP tells BladeSystem buyers to consider alternatives

Hewlett-Packard has advised resellers and customers with immediate project requirements to seek alternatives to its c-Class blade system based on Cisco switches as component shortages have brought supply to a standstill. The issue stems from the difficulties encountered by HP’s one-time partner Cisco, which has been struggling to supply the channel with certain enterprise kit. HP is working closely with Cisco to resolve the problem but could offer no timeframe for the situation to improve. “At the present no supply is available to clear the current backlog or complete any new orders. Customers who have immediate project requirements should consider alternatives,” said an HP spokesman.

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