HP adds SDN capabilities to network for mobile and the internet of things

HP unveils a software-defined network (SDN) visualisation app to help customers on the move towards mobile workplaces

HP has launched a number of campus networking systems and services to help customers become more mobile-ready.

At the Interop trade show in Las Vegas, HP revealed the HP5400R zl2 Switch Services v3 Modules, and an HP Network Visualiser software-defined network (SDN) App, which it claimed will help network managers simplify their networks and engineer them for enhanced performance, security and visibility.

This comes in response to BYOD deployments and the advent of the internet of things (IoT).

The supplier said its systems would lay the groundwork for mobile-ready infrastructure, exploiting Asic innovation and SDN technology to address the challenges these two trends raise on the network – such as security, monitoring and performance.

Its switch series module will be powered by a sixth-generation HP networking Asic, which has been designed specifically to support SDN, with over four times the performance of a competitive system, claimed HP, and much lower latency. A 2TBps backplane will support higher bandwidth requirements.

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The module also fully supports OpenFlow and will enable multiple concurrent apps and scalability and flexibility required by enterprise SDN deployments. The system is already for Wave 2 802.11ac wireless APs, the first of which are already hitting the market.

Günter May, head of network planning at The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre – one of the first to deploy the 5400R zl2 – said he needed to upgrade his network to ensure it could support continuous technology development and maintain the high-end computing services it supplies to R&D outfits across Germany.

“With high speed connectivity and bandwidth to support the growing number of devices on our network, the 5400R switch series not only provides agility so that we can deliver students and staff a better application experience – but it also opens the door to SDN features for us,” he said.

SDN enhances network control capabilities

The Network Visualiser SDN application, meanwhile, offers administrators enhanced real-time visibility into the network to monitor traffic flow and proactively investigate issues. HP said that, by centering visibility on the user experience rather than the physical network, it would enable admins to better identify complaints and rapidly diagnose and repair faults.

It has also enhanced its HP Network Optimiser SDN application – which already offers automated network policy provision and QoS – to include media path optimisation and dynamic traffic periodisation, based on user or device. Other business apps will also now be able to take advantage of these features with the addition of an open application programming interface (API).

Finally, a number of enhancements to the existing HP Network Protector SDN application include Intrusion Prevention System-as-a-Service, and consistent business-level policy on wired and wireless networks.

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