Extreme, HP Bolster SDN Product Lineups
Extreme unveils an SDN platform based on OpenDaylight's controller code, while HP launches the next round of SDN-capable switches.Extreme Networks and Hewlett-Packard this week broadened their respective portfolios around software-defined networking and network-functions virtualization. Extreme, which joined the vendor-driven SDN consortium OpenDaylight Project earlier this month, unveiled a software-defined networking (SDN) platform that includes a controller based on the OpenDaylight code and that supports the OpenFlow protocol, OpenStack orchestration technology and open APIs. For its part, HP unveiled the 5400R z12 enterprise networking switch that also includes OpenFlow support and is aimed at making it easier for businesses that want to migrate their networking infrastructures to an SDN environment. Officials with both companies said that enterprise customers are looking to make the move to SDN but are looking for solutions that will enable them to leverage their current networking investments, a key reason why both Extreme and HP are relying on such open protocols as OpenFlow. Extreme's new platform will combined OpenDaylight's controller technology with such company products as NetSight for network management and Purview for application analytics. The SDN platform also will interoperate with other vendors' networking infrastructures, according to Markus Nispel, vice president of solutions architecture and innovation at Extreme.
"We believe our customers should be able to migrate to SDN without the need for expensive upgrades," Nispel wrote in a post on the company blog. "By combining management, APIs and standards-based protocols and switching technology, we are accelerating the delivery of an open, standards-based SDN platform and solution ecosystem."