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ProCurve Networking by HP Expands Innovative Network Architecture to Enhance Performance and SecurityPALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2005
ProCurve Networking by HP today announced the continued expansion of its Adaptive EDGE Architecture with new products that offer a more secure, resilient network.
The new offerings include the industry's first InterConnect Fabric (ICF) switch, an upgrade to its popular Identity Driven Manager software, new ProCurve Mobility Manager software, which delivers seamless, unified management to WLAN Access Points, and a new Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch designed to simplify the deployment of WLAN Access Points.
ProCurve Networking by HP's Adaptive EDGE Architecture strategy is based on an intelligent edge, connected through a reliable interconnect, that is automatically configured through business policies with command from the center and control to the network edge. The architecture is the framework for products launched today that provide high-performance and availability, dynamic and granular control over network security, reduce network and business complexity, and increase productivity.
"The ProCurve focus is continuous innovation," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. "By driving next-generation elements of the Adaptive EDGE Architecture such as the high-performance and resilient InterConnect Fabric and major enhancements to our Identity Driven Manager software for easy management of secure access, ProCurve ensures that customer demands are met by delivering reliable, affordable networks with comprehensive security."
ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8100fl family
The ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8100fl family is ProCurve's first generation InterConnect Fabric solution developed through ProCurve research and development using technologies acquired from Riverstone Networks in 2004.
The solution focuses on high availability and resiliency and features a simpler auto-configurable design that takes advantage of the decision-making power of the intelligent edge. The benefit is in reducing the overall cost of ownership of a secure, mobile, converged network. The first products in the ProCurve 8100fl family include the 8108fl and 8116fl InterConnect Fabric switches and a family of Gigabit and 10 Gigabit blades.
In developing the ICF Switch 8100fl family, ProCurve partnered with Oregon State University for an inventive application of the product. The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., is ranked among the top five graduate institutions in oceanography in the United States. According to COAS, both the volume and the complexity of oceanographic data sets are increasing at unprecedented rates, requiring new approaches and tools for maximizing the usage and effectiveness.
"To facilitate our vision of a smart network of connected devices and processes, COAS constructed an intelligent network because real-time data and measurement demands intelligence at the network edge," said Chuck Sears, manager, research computing, COAS. "To achieve a cost-effective, resilient, reliable and technologically advanced solution we partnered with ProCurve. We are utilizing ProCurve's new family of InterConnect Fabric switches in our network to enhance our ability to intelligently understand, collect, synthesize and route real-time data flows from a wide variety of computational models, networked sensors, satellites and scientific instrumentation."
ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 2.0
ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 2.0 (IDM 2.0) is a plug-in to ProCurve Manager Plus 2.0 that represents the latest development in secure, automated access control software for wired and wireless network access. Based on the RADIUS standard, IDM 2.0 allows the administrator to centrally manage access rights given to users as they connect to the network. In addition, IDM 2.0 dynamically sets parameters in ProCurve edge devices that enforce access rights, priority and bandwidth.
The IDM 2.0 upgrade includes an innovative client integrity solution based on the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect (TNC) that allows users to select their antivirus and personal firewall client software from a range of providers who support the TNC architecture. IDM 2.0 supports dynamic Access Control List configuration providing adaptive control to critical IT applications and information assets. IDM 2.0 is also much easier to deploy with the addition of automated corporate database driven set-up and synchronization of IDM access policy groups. As a result, IDM 2.0 delivers enhanced ease-of-use, superior integration and better overall access security.
ProCurve Mobility Manager 1.0
The new ProCurve Mobility Manager 1.0 is a plug-in module for ProCurve Manager Plus. It further enhances command from the network center by delivering efficient, affordable, powerful management tools to centrally configure, update, monitor and troubleshoot ProCurve wireless LAN components.
When compared to competitor products, Mobility Manager 1.0 and ProCurve Manager Plus uniquely provide pertinent information and control of both wired and wireless aspects of the network via a fully integrated approach built on a single user interface and a single all-inclusive database. The result is an easy-to-use, unified management system that ensures quality service for users and applications.
ProCurve Switch 2600-8-PWR with Gigabit Uplink
The intelligent edge is enhanced with the addition of the ProCurve Switch 2600-8-PWR supporting a lower-cost, mobile and converged network. It is a fully managed, stackable switch with eight auto-sensing 10/100 PoE ports and one dual-personality Gigabit Uplink.
With integrated PoE and enterprise-level software features in a low-density form factor, this cost-effective switch has better functionality (including an optional redundant power supply to increase reliability) to support wide deployment of wireless access points. It is also ideal for small workgroups or remote offices that require general network connectivity and PoE for IP phones and wireless access points.
Pricing and Availability(1)
Pricing for the ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8108fl is $27,999, with the ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8116fl priced at $38,999. Both switches are expected to be available Oct. 1. ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 2.0 is expected to be available Dec. 1 for $5,499. ProCurve Mobility Manager 1.0 is expected to be available Dec. 1 for $1,999. The ProCurve Switch 2600-8-PWR with Gigabit Uplink is expected to be available in October for $899.
About ProCurve Networking by HP
The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP delivers enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless LAN and WAN networking products, services and solutions. Recognizing the necessary migration of intelligence and functionality to the network edge, the ProCurve Adaptive EDGE Architecture strategy is the industry's only comprehensive and inclusive network design strategy that is adaptable, scalable and completely interoperable for achieving command from the center with control to the network edge. ProCurve was positioned in the challenger quadrant in research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.'s 2004 Magic Quadrant Report for Global Campus LANs.
Further information on ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at http://www.procurve.com.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $85.2 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
(1) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.
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