HP Readies Enterprises for the Future with FlexNetwork Architecture

Single architecture unifies network “silos” to increase flexibility for virtual, media-rich and cloud environments

ASIA PACIFIC, May 11, 2011 – HP today announced theHP FlexNetwork architecture, the industry’s only unified architecture for the data center, campus and branch, which enables enterprises to fully harness the power of media-rich content, virtualization, mobility and cloud computing.

The new architecture increases the flexibility of IT infrastructure by enabling clients to deploy solutions based on modular building blocks and open industry standards to focus on business innovation and avoid vendor lock-in.

The architecture unifies networks in the data center, campus and branch to ensure consistency, security and performance. In related news, HP announced several new solutions based on the HP FlexNetwork architecture.

(Editor’s note: HP is hosting a live press conference to discuss this news at 11 a.m. PT today. See details below.)

A core component of the HP Converged Infrastructure, the HP FlexNetwork architecture converges network silos by ensuring protocols are implemented consistently across all networked devices throughout an enterprise. As a result, clients are able to simplify and speed service delivery across the data center, campus and branch, driving increased agility and innovation.

Single-vendor, proprietary approaches, such as Cisco’s, lock in customers while driving up cost and complexity with different architectures required at each point in the network, including data center, campus and branch. This lack of convergence and increased complexity make it difficult to roll out new applications and services.(1)

The HP FlexNetwork architecture transforms legacy networks through convergence and simplification, enabling organizations to deliver innovation, speed and performance. The new level of flexibility from the HP FlexNetwork architecture enables clients to focus on preparing their organizations for the demands of the future.

"To ensure success and a competitive advantage, enterprises need to shift resources from maintenance of complex legacy networks to innovation," said Paul Robson, vice president and general manager, Networking, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. "With the HP FlexNetwork architecture, we deliver standards-based solutions that allow clients to bring existing network investments forward, reducing total cost of ownership today while preparing organizations to embrace the future."

The FlexNetwork architecture
The HP FlexNetwork architecture unifies the network through three modular building blocks that share a common management layer.  

  • FlexFabric– simplifies data center infrastructure with converged network, compute and storage resources across both virtual and physical environments to accommodate hybrid cloud computing models.
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  • FlexCampus– improves performance, lowers latency and increases security for identity-based access of multimedia content across converged wired and wireless networks.
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  • FlexBranch– extends and simplifies network and security at the branch, integrating best-of-breed technologies for service delivery.
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  • FlexManagement– eliminates the complexity of multiple management systems with single-pane-of-glass management across the HP FlexNetwork architecture.

The HP FlexNetwork architecture is open, adhering to standards across the modular building blocks that make up the architecture. It also is scalable from the remote site to the data center, with industry-leading vulnerability detection that automatically builds standard security policies consistently into the virtual and physical infrastructure.

Making the move to the HP FlexNetwork architecture
HP Technology Servicesofferings can help clients migrate from proprietary legacy networks to the HP FlexNetwork architecture and for moving off proprietary network protocols like Cisco’s EIGRP, to standard routing protocols OSPF v2 and v3.

Additionally, new networking servicesare now available for key business initiatives including video collaboration, network security and FlexManagement. HP also offers a complete set of lifecycle services for each modular building block to support the planning, design, implementation and operation of enterprise networks.

HP at Interop Las Vegas 2011
Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP, and Haas will lead a live press conference at 11 a.m. PT today. Watch the conference and access a replay of it atwww.hp.com/go/change2flex.

HP will be demonstrating its networking products and services at Interop Las Vegas 2011, May 10-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in booth 1327. HP Networking is powering theInteropNet, a multivendor, high-speed network that serves the exhibitors, conference rooms and attendees at the event.

Donatelli will deliver the show’s opening keynote address at 8 a.m. PT on Tuesday, May 10, at Mandalay Bay H. Watch the live webcast at http://tv.interop.com/.

More information about the HP FlexNetwork architecture is available from HP sales representatives. More information about HP Networking solutions is available at www.hp.com/networking.

HP Converged Infrastructure is key to an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

HP’s premier client event, HP DISCOVER, takes place June 6 – 10 in Las Vegas and Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Vienna, Austria. The event showcases how organizations can get started on theirInstant-On Enterprisejourneys.

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  1. Based on HP internal testing.

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