Hewlett-Packard unveils networking and ProLiant systems to simplify branch office management and data center deployment, and also debuts a TippingPoint-based security service.
Hewlett-Packard rolled out new features Oct. 5 for its Converged
Infrastructure portfolio to provide customers with integrated servers, storage,
networking and software.
The announcement introduced a series of offerings designed to simplify
branch office management, a new HP TippingPoint security service to control
application access, a new ProLiant
server system and enhancements to HP POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter).
The new products, all available immediately, provide clients with flexible SAAS
(software as a service), outsourcing and cloud computing platforms, HP said.
The HP Branch Office Networking Solution is "a turnkey, all-in-one
connectivity solution" based on HP switches, the company said. Designed to
improve application delivery to remote offices, it integrates and consolidates
HP equipment and other third-party products into a cohesive system. By
simplifying deployment and allowing remote management, HP hopes to bypass the
need to maintain a local IT staff at each branch office.
The HP switch runs virtual appliance software from various HP partners in
its AllianceOne network to deliver networking and security devices to the
office. The applications include Citrix NetScaler VPX, Microsoft Lync, NetScout
nGenius Integrated Agent, Avaya's Aura Session Border Controller and the Riverbed
Steelhead RiOS (Riverbed Optimization System).
HP is trying to reduce challenges associated with deployment and managing
network services in the branch office by bundling third-party services with HP
Ethernet switches. Customers buy the switches and everything is set up and
ready to go.
IT managers can "converge multiple network infrastructure technologies-LAN,
WAN, wireless, unified communications, [VOIP] voice over IP and security-that
can be managed" via a remote console, HP said.
Rival company Cisco Systems unveiled its own line of branch
office application products,
HP also announced the HP Application Digital Vaccine Service that provides
IT managers with granular control over application access. Based on the
TippingPoint IPS (intrusion prevention
system) technology that HP acquired as part of the 3Com
earlier in 2010, the service lets IT managers remotely block access to
entire Websites, such as Twitter or YouTube, or specific features based on who
needs to access them from the branch office.
HP also unveiled the modular HP
ProLiant SL6500 Scalable System,
which can "scale from one node to
thousands" and provide up to 1 teraflops (floating-point operations per
second) of processing power per unit of rack space. The platform can house the
HP ProLiant SL390s G7 and HP ProLiant SL170s G6 servers, as well.
Service providers can use the "single, high-performance scalable
platform for hosting, Web serving, cloud computing or outsourcing a variety of
applications," HP said. The release later said, "By simply 'plugging
in' new nodes, clients can add more applications or services as their business
grows," and nodes can be removed for servicing without bringing the whole
system down, according to the company.
Finally, for IT managers looking to incrementally add data center capacity, HP is
launching the world's first assembly line for rapid deployment of the HP Performance
Optimized Datacenter. "HP PODs
are 37 percent more energy efficient and 45 percent less expensive than a traditional
brick-and-mortar data center," HP said. HP also claimed service providers
can expand a data center in as little as six weeks using these PODs.
Based on HP
the new products give customers the tools to
cohesively manage all of the servers, storage, and network components in a data
center, the company said. Clients can "automatically tune their
infrastructure to meet the specific requirements of their environments,"