HP has teamed up QLogic for its new range of 8Gbps stackable switches, a pointed snub to Cisco. QLogic has announced that its 5800V and 5802V switches are to be resold by HP under the names HP StorageWorks SN6000 Stackable 8Gb FC Switches

QLogic claims that the switches ‘ interswitch link (ISL) technology allows customers to reduce total cost by 43 percent.

Henrik Hansen, QLogic's European marketing director said that the switch offered users plenty of options "The switch is an 8Gbit FC but by using interlinking, we can stack up to 6 switches, making a total of 120 ports. In addition, the company have jointly developed management software known as Simple SAN Connection Manager (SSCM), to manage the range of switches from a single management console.

As to HP's relationship with Cisco, that looks a bit rockier - although Hansen pointed out that Cisco didn't have an 8Gbit stackable,switch, only a 4Gbit version . Last year, Cisco announced its intention to enter the data centre for the first time, causing friction with partners such as HP - looks like the divorce is getting messier.