HP & Cisco Form Team to Deliver Wireless Solution to Enterprise

HP and Cisco Systems have announced a joint effort focused on helping enterprise customers take advantage of a wide array of new applications and services based on Cisco’s Pervasive Indoor Wireless technology.

The new applications and services include security, guest access, voice over Wi-Fi, and location-based services and allow for the creation of a variety of new applications, such as IT asset tracking, presence-based applications, dual-mode voice, and integrated intrusion detection and prevention.

HP will provide systems integration services for the new and enhanced products within Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network Family, including the Cisco Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller and the Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.0. The companies’ joint work is intended to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs associated with WLAN services.

“This is a strategic effort from both companies to create a wireless foundation that enables a host of new applications,” said Brian Brouillette, vice president, Technology Services, HP Services. “Through our efforts, customers can quickly and cost-effectively benefit from a range of new, scalable applications.”

Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network Solution can efficiently address the WLAN security, deployment, management and control issues facing enterprises. HP will build on Cisco’s pervasive wireless platform to create a comprehensive enterprise network computing solution by providing design, integration and management services, and supporting this solution for customers.

“Our strategy has been to deliver a Unified Wireless Network architecture that features hardware, software and services integrated to deliver network scale, simplify deployment and drive down total cost of ownership,” said Brett Galloway, vice president and general manager, Wireless Networking Business Unit, Cisco. “We are excited to work with HP to guide enterprise businesses to an intelligent network to accelerate applications, business processes and profitability.”

This announcement is a component of HP’s multi-vendor networking strategy. The announcement expands HP and Cisco’s efforts to develop an intelligent information infrastructure that creates, stores and delivers strategic data, voice and video, when and where it is needed across an enterprise. It also builds on the companies’ global, strategic alliance.