HP Accelerates Business Productivity with New Campus Networking Solutions Designed for the Mobile-Ready Workplace

LAS VEGAS, Apr. 27, 2015 — Today at Interop Las Vegas, HP unveiled new campus networking solutions and services that support customers on their path to a mobile-ready workplace that enhances business productivity.

The new campus networking solutions – which include the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series v3 Modules and the HP Network Visualizer SDN App – lay the foundation for simplified enterprise networks engineered for performance, security, visibility, and optimization of the digital enterprise. Software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities allow IT professionals to easily administer network operations and troubleshooting, as well as enforce security policies in a rapid, simplified, agile manner.

Preparing the campus to accelerate the mobile workplace
As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becomes commonplace and the Internet of Things is introduced into organizations of all types, enterprises need to deliver the mobile experience users expect. HP’s new campus solutions lay the groundwork for a mobile-ready infrastructure that leverages ASIC innovation and SDN technology to address challenges such as security, application performance and network monitoring.

The new HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series v3 modules are powered by the 6th generation HP Networking ASIC, purpose built for the SDN era, allowing it to deliver more than four times the performance of competitive solutions(1), and three times lower latency.(2)  Its two terabits per second backplane supports increased bandwidth and performance requirements including high speed wireless connectivity. The 5400R v3 fully supports OpenFlow and can process up to 24 times more flows than it main competitor,(3) allowing multiple concurrent apps with service insertion, unmatched by merchant silicon. Programmable OpenFlow processing pipelines and ten parallel Advanced Packet Processor engines with dedicated resources provide scalability and flexibility to support the new wave of SDN applications.

With HP Smart Rate multi-gigabit ports, the 5400R v3 modules are ready to support the next wave of high-speed 802.11 ac Wave 2 access points. The HP Smart Rate technology offers simple self-negotiating and flexible capacity from 1GbE, 2.5 GbE, 5 GbE to 10GbE with Power over Ethernet +, without requiring customers to rip-and-replace an existing cabling system.

“To continue providing high-end computing services to the scientific community across Germany, we needed to upgrade our network and ensure it could support continuous technology developments,” said Günter May, Network Planning, The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. “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.”

SDN simplifies network management and improves security
The new HP Network Visualizer SDN application provides IT administrators with real-time detailed visibility of the network to monitor traffic flow and investigate issues. Administrators can easily identify user complaints without having to identify physical location or IP address, by centering visibility on the user experience rather than the physical network. The increased visibility afforded by SDN technology allows for rapid diagnosis and repair of network issues, without requiring additional costly overlay appliances or probes.

In addition to network visibility challenges, more connected devices bring increased security risk. To help prevent malicious threats from entering the network via employee devices, HP announced enhancements to its HP Network Protector SDN application, which provides zero-touch dynamic threat protection at the edge of the network for securing BYOD. The application now includes Intrusion Prevention System as a service, and provides consistent business level policy across the wired and wireless network.

HP also announced enhancements to its HP Network Optimizer SDN application, which offers automated provisioning of network policy and Quality of Service  to ensure an enhanced user experience. The app now offers media path optimization as well as dynamic traffic periodization based on user or device. Other business applications will also be able to take full advantage of HP Network Optimizer through open API integration.

Delivering mobile centric networks and business solutions
HP’s Campus and SDN Services includes a complete lifecycle of modular services, along with support services that align with the expertise and availability needs of the customer. HP is also introducing Visual Remote Guidance (VRG) which provides a unique and secure collaboration cloud service, connecting wearable computing with HP MyRoom. VRG enables you to see through remote eyes and convey procedures to guide remote hands. With real-time voice, video, and content sharing, issues can be resolved more quickly transforming the customer experience while reducing cost.

Pricing and availability(4)

  • The HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series v3 Modules will be available May 1, 2015; pricing ranges from $3,299 – 6,799.
  • The HP Network Visualizer SDN app will be available in June.

HP Campus and SDN Services are available now, HP Visual Remote Guidance solution will be available in July.

HP will be addressing the latest trends enterprise networking at Interop Las Vegas 2015, booth number 1527, taking place Apr. 27 – May 1.

HP’s premier Americas client event, HP Discover, takes place June 2-4 in Las Vegas.

(1) Based on internal HP testing.
(2) HP internal competitive analysis between HP 5400R V3 and Cisco 4507R+E:  Latency 64 bytes L2: Cisco 4507R+E 6.6μs , HP 5400Rv3 1.8 μs, April 2015.
(3) HP internal calculations based on available public information on flow entries for the  Cisco Catalyst 4507RE Dual Management and Cisco 5412Rv3,  ICX 6610 and Nexus 3100/6k, April 2015.
(4) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.

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