The gloves are off, despite the occasional diplomatic “co-opetition” spin
The message expressed by those present at H.P.’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters was clear: Cisco has dominated the networking market for too long, and there are plenty of companies that want to piggyback on H.P.’s new products, hoping that H.P.’s lower prices and mere presence will open up sales opportunities normally gobbled up by Cisco.
H.P. is also rumored to be working on router products, which would have it compete against Cisco and Juniper Networks. Marius Haas, H.P.’s chief of the networking business, declined to comment on such speculation.