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ProCurve Networking by HP Expands Functionality at Network Edge with New Intelligent Switches

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2006

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ProCurve Networking by HP today introduced a set of Layer 3/4 LAN switches that feature wirespeed performance and integrated Gigabit Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Both switch series further sharpen ProCurve’s Adaptive EDGE Architecture by delivering advanced functionality to the network edge to meet the evolving needs of security, mobility and convergence applications.

“Customers no longer have to compromise among functionality, performance or Power over Ethernet because ProCurve is delivering all three at a price customers are used to paying for any one of those capabilities,” said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. “Just as the ProCurve 4000 series in 1998 and the 5300 series in 2001 helped ProCurve become the industry’s No. 2 networking vendor, we expect the 5400 and 3500 series will fuel our continued industry leadership.”

ProCurve also announced the ProCurve 4200 Switch family, the ProCurve 6200 switch, and a new media-flexible 10 Gigabit module for the ProCurve 8100 series.

A next-generation ASIC for today and tomorrow

Developed by ProCurve Labs for the 5400 and 3500 series, the ProVision ASIC brings new and advanced capabilities to customers, including:

  • Wirespeed policy enforcement: The policy enforcement engine gives network administrators hardware-based granular control of access and traffic flow to protect, detect and respond against network threats without impacting network performance.
  • Built-in ASIC resiliency: Engineered to continuously operate while withstanding error conditions and external attacks, such as denial of service attempts.
  • Programmable network processor: Allows for wirespeed in-depth packet analysis and enables new hardware-based functionality to be ignited without costly upgrades to the hardware.

ProCurve 5400 and 3500 Switch Series

Based on the ProVision ASIC, the ProCurve 5400 and 3500 families both deliver wirespeed Gigabit and 10 Gigabit performance and come standard with integrated Gigabit PoE. Every versatile intelligent port combines the capabilities of the ProVision ASIC, the flexibility of 10/100/1000 performance and integrated PoE. 

One of the customers involved during the development of the 3500 and 5400 switches has been CERN, one of the world’s leading particle physics laboratories.

“CERN is continually evaluating innovative technologies, such as the new ProCurve 5400 series, to help facilitate our research and productivity,” said David Foster, communications, systems and networking group leader at CERN, a premier nuclear physics research facility in Geneva. “Sometimes our technical specification is slightly ahead of the industry standard – therefore there is room for a vendor to invest in developing high-quality, high-spec, highly reliable products. We like working with vendors such as ProCurve Networking who are flexible enough to do this with us. We also like the idea of having more intelligence at the edge of the network, so the 5400 as part of the Adaptive EDGE Architecture is in line with our campus strategy.”

The 5400 chassis family comes in 6-slot and 12-slot versions and includes bundles of 48 and 96 Gigabit PoE ports. Additional modules provide media-flexible Gigabit and 10 Gigabit uplinks. The 3500 1U switch family comes in both 24- and 48-port configurations and with an optional 10 Gigabit uplink. Both families also feature redundant power and use ProCurve Manager for automatic control and better management and ProCurve Identity Driven Manager for secure, automated access control.

ProCurve 4200 Switch series, ProCurve Switch 6200 and ProCurve 8100 10GbE X2 Module
An alternative to edge stackables, the ProCurve 4200 family of switches blends the performance and flexibility of modular switches and the cost-effectiveness and port density of traditional stackable devices.

The ProCurve 6200 switch aggregates edge switches through its 24 media-flexible Gigabit ports and includes an expansion slot for an optional 4-port media-flexible 10 Gigabit module. 

Also, ProCurve expanded its 8100 interconnect fabric product offering with a wirespeed media-flexible 10 Gigabit X2 Module.

Pricing and Availability(1)

Expected availability in April:
ProCurve Switch 5406zl Intelligent Edge:$2,299
ProCurve Switch 5406zl-48G Intelligent Edge: $6,998
ProCurve Switch 3500yl-24G-PWR Intelligent Edge: $3,999  
ProCurve Switch 3500yl-48G-PWR Intelligent Edge $7,199
Expected availability in March:
ProCurve Switch 4204vl: $1,499
ProCurve Switch 4202vl-48G: $4,299
ProCurve Switch 4202vl-72:   $3,699
ProCurve Switch 4208vl: $2,199
ProCurve Switch 4208vl-64G:     $5,699
ProCurve Switch 4208vl-96: $4,799
ProCurve 8100fl 10GbE X2 Module: $7,999
Expected availability in summer 2006:
ProCurve Switch 5412zl Intelligent Edge: $4,499
ProCurve Switch 5412zl-96G Intelligent Edge: $13,996
ProCurve 6200yl-24-mGBIC Premium Edge: $7,499

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

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