HP Leverages SDN for Unified Wired, Wireless Networks
HP's new 870 and 850 Unified Wired-WLAN appliances further enable BYOD and mobile employees by offering policy management across wired and wireless networks. The appliances offer up to a 47 percent improvement in total cost of ownership and 40 percent increase in the number of mobile devices they support. The 870 supports up to 30,000 devices, while the 850 supports up to 10,000. Through technology developed by HP Labs, the vendor also is rolling out its Location Aware SDN application, which helps businesses pinpoint wireless devices indoors with an accuracy of up to 2 meters, which Mayer said is five times better than other technologies. Tech vendors, from Cisco to Aruba Networks to Apple, are offering indoor location technologies to help such businesses as stores in malls determine where shoppers are and offer them deals over their mobile devices. The application is being integrated into HP's Virtual Appliance Networks SDN controller, and is an example where HP is making it easier for businesses to make money from their networks, Mayer said. It's also an indication of the power of SDN in making networks more responsive to rapidly changing demands. "I know there is debate about SDN. Is it happening? Is it real?" Mayer said. "Yes, it is happening, and it is real. You cannot do a good job with location awareness or with security … without SDN."HP's solutions and services will be rolled out over the course of several months. The 560 wireless access point is available now, while the 517 will be released in May. The 870 Unified Wired-WLAN appliance is available now, while the 850 will launch in June. The Secure BYOD Services and IP Address Management Series are available now, while the Cloud Managed Network solution and SDN Roadmap Services are coming in June.
The vendor also is developing its SDN Roadmap Services, which give organizations a transition guide for moving to SDN.