HP Readies SDN App Store for Launch
The HP SDN App Store, which officials first talked about last year, will open with eight apps, including two from HP and six from partners.Hewlett-Packard officials, who first talked about its plans for an online store for software-defined networking apps about a year ago, will officially launch its SDN App Store next month. The SDN App Store will kick off Oct. 1 with eight applications—two developed by HP and six others by partners—and officials expect more apps to become available in the near future. The company expects the app store to add fuel to the ongoing interest among enterprises in SDN and its close relative, network-functions virtualization (NFV), which promise to make networks more agile, programmable and flexible by removing the control plane and network tasks—such as load balancing, intrusion detection and firewalls—from the underlying hardware and putting them into software. In such a software-defined environment, applications become increasingly important. IDC analysts expect the market for SDN applications to reach $1.1 billion by 2017. HP's SDN App Store will enable customers to shop for applications rather than having to develop them, according to officials. HP and its partners have taken on the responsibility of not only creating the software, but also testing and validating the apps with HP products and offering service and support. "We expect adoption [of the HP SDN App Store] to really explode over the next year," said Jacob Rapp, global marketing leader for HP Networking.
With the rise of such trends as mobile computing, big data, security and the cloud, the demand for more flexible networks is increasing. Industry surveys have indicated a rapidly growing interest in SDN technology among enterprises, though widespread adoption is still a ways off. A study late last year by QuinStreet Enterprise—publisher of eWEEK and other technology news sites—found that SDN is still an emerging technology that has small but growing penetration in the enterprise.