Extreme, HP Bolster SDN Product Lineups
"At this point [OpenDaylight] has become something legitimate and also has graduated from 'science project' to something that can be considered for niche use-cases," Lerner wrote in a blog post. "It is not quite sunshine and daisies yet; [the consortium] still has a long ways to go. The code is in its first (developer) release, and consequently doesn't have enterprise-grade stability without the backing of someone like an Extreme." Extreme also is teaming with US Ignite to run a competition designed to help build an ecosystem around the company's platform. The Extreme SDN Innovation Challenge will award prizes to developers for applications that leverage the platform. The competition will run from September until May 2015. HP's 5400R z12 switches are the successor to the company's 5400 zl family, adding OpenFlow support, leveraging such vendor products as Intelligent Management Center for a single place to manage wired and wireless networks and ProVision Fabric ASIC technology for deploying bandwidth-intensive applications with high throughput, and supporting integrated wireless LAN modules. According to HP officials, the benefits include a 43 percent reduction in total cost of ownership, 58 percent lower latency than other competitive products and up to 2 terabits per second of switching fabric capacity, which is important for such applications as video conferencing. The new switches also come with HP's consulting and support services.HP's 5406R zl2 and 5412R zl2 switches are available now starting at $2,419 and $4,599, respectively.
"To keep pace with software developments and realize new business potential through cloud and mobile technologies, our customers are looking to modernize their networks," Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager of servers and networking at HP, said in a statement, noting that the company is looking to help "customers ... take full advantage of new business applications and migrate to SDN when they are ready, without requiring a forklift upgrade of their current infrastructure."