HP Converged Infrastructure Push Includes Servers, Networking, Storage
HP is proposing a unified BYOD solution based on software-defined networking (SDN) principles and HP's FlexNework platform that makes loading new devices on the network, provisioning them and monitoring them easier. The company's new 830 Unified/WLAN switch eliminates the need for separate switches, controllers and other network access devices for wired and wireless networks, making operations more simple and reducing costs by as much as 38 percent. HP also is bringing Wi-Fi Clear Connect software to its WLAN products, and integrated BYOD management capabilities via the Smart Connect offering in HP's Intelligent Management Center (IMC). IMC can not only manage HP equipment, but also equipment from other vendors, such as Cisco, according to Shaikh. "We believe we manage Cisco better than Cisco, with IMC," he told eWEEK. "Operation simplicity is the key which can be the turning point for non-HP customers [using] IMC. ... Simplification is the key."In the area of security in the face of BYOD in campus and branch offices, HP is offering the Sentinel Security SDN application, which offers automated and real-time threat detection. In addition, the IMC User Access Manager, for securing bringing devices onto the network, offers businesses a single platform for identifying users, applying policies and bringing secure access to employee-owned devices. It also monitors the health of the network. HP also is looking to help partners develop BYOD-targeted services they can sell to their customers. HP is offering FlexNetwork Design and Validation Services, which help partners simplify the network design and validation processes for their customers. Meanwhile, the company's Wireless LAN LifeCycle Services are aimed at LANs for scalable network connectivity, while through HP's Financial Services, businesses can bring in all the hardware, software and services they need for their projects. HP also offers network training and certification through the ExpertOne program that offers BYOD and SDN skills. The program includes everything from courses to Web-based learning to access to remote labs.
To scale the network to deliver unified access from the data center to branch networks, HP is offering its 2920 Switch Series, which can support OpenFlow, the protocol that forms the basis of many SDN efforts. The switch offers a 100 percent gain in network performance and 45 percent improvement in data transfer. In addition, HP's 105000/7500 Unified Wired-WLAN Module increases network availability and costs by as much as 54 percent.