Bethan Mayer senior vice president and general manager Networking Business Unit and Network Functions Virtualization Business HP

Bethan Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Business Unit and Network Functions Virtualization Business, HP.

HP Expands SDN Portfolio

HP announced several new software defined networking products this week at Interop Las Vegas, including its Cloud Managed Network Solution and a slew of other products, including two 802.11ac wireless access points. HP says that its SDN solutions will help its customers to enhance the speed and efficiency of their wireless networks while driving revenue through their wireless networks.

HP used the Interop Las Vegas conference to announce its new cloud-managed, software-defined networking (SDN)-enabled wired and wireless solutions, which the company promises will help customers to increase their network speed and simplify management.

Among the SDN solutions introduced were the HP Cloud Managed Network Solution, IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points and other SDN applications. HP said its new product portfolio will help to support mobility initiatives for large and small businesses and triple their operating speed.

“Our customers are telling us that their networks are primarily cost centers that are too complex to manage, while they are at the same time facing increasing end user demand for a better mobile experience,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Business Unit and Network Functions Virtualization Business at HP. “With HP’s cloud-managed and SDN-enabled unified wired and wireless solutions, we are enabling IT organizations to provide an improved mobile user experience, as well as offering simplified management and investment protection.”

The company’s Cloud Managed Network promises to give users an easy-to-manage network solution for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) while lowering total cost of ownership. According to the company, the network’s low solution cost should help SMBS to reduce onsite IT staff and decrease their upfront costs by up to 30 percent by utilizing a pay-per-use cloud service model.

To address the quickly blossoming market for 802.11ac networks in the IT industry, HP introduced the 560 and 517 IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points, designed for companies looking to give BYOD users a boost when logging onto their enterprise networks. The 560 access point is OpenFlow-enabled, so users don't have to restructure and replace existing SDN infrastructure. Both models will be supported by HP’s SDN Roadmap Services to help IT administrators plot their business goals.

For wired and wireless control, HP unveiled the 870 and 850 models of its Unified Wired-WLAN controller appliance. The 870 can support up to 30,000 devices, while the 850 supports 10,000 devices. HP is partnering with Citrix and MobileIron to offer to improve mobile device management (MDM) integration with the HP Intelligent Management Center platform.

To round out the slew of announcements, HP revealed its Location Aware SDN, which can locate any wireless-enabled device indoors with 2 meter accuracy, integrated with the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN controller to help businesses generate revenue from their wireless LAN infrastructures. Retailers and service providers can further connect with their customers via the new SmartShopper proof-of-concept application to personalize their shopping experience and drive revenue through targeted product promotion.

While several of the new products are available now, customers will have to wait until June to get their hands on all of the products shown off this week. Even after last week’s Global Partner Conference, it seems like there is no shortage of new information from HP, so keep an eye out for more developments coming soon.

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