5. HP And Cisco's Bitter Divorce
HP and Cisco's squabbling, which began building last year, reached a denouement in February when Cisco severed its channel partnership with HP, effectively ending the companies' two-decade old partnership.
Since then, we've seen HP launch an all-out offensive to recruit long-time Cisco Systems partners to carry the full HP networking product portfolio. We've see the companies stage dueling, simultaneous partner conferences full of strategy sessions on how to steal each other's business. And we've seen channel partners on both sides growing more than a little uneasy about what all of this means for their ability to recommend best-of-breed solutions for customers.
They say when elephants fight, it's the ants that get trampled, and as 2010 draws to a close, there are still a lot of nervous ants in the HP and Cisco partner channels.