10 Key Cisco Channel Events From The Past Year

July 2011: Catalyst For Competition

Cisco finished off a portfolio-wide refresh of its Catalyst switch lines last July with an update to its top seller, the Catalyst 6500. The release of the new Catalyst, which occurred during Cisco Live in Las Vegas, set off a back-and-forth competitive volley between Cisco and HP, one that had each vendor questioning each other's technology claims. It was one more sign that just because both Cisco and HP were having challenging years -- HP was a few months away from booting CEO Leo Apotheker and Cisco had just entered restructuring -- the competitive fire that's existed between the two titans for several years refuses to die down.


Get a roundup of CRN's networking coverage right to your inbox with the CRN Networking newsletter.