Press Release:

ProCurve Networking by HP Innovates Management of Business-driven Networks with New Software

Identity-driven management solution automatically manages intelligent network access, giving customers more control over their network
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 7, 2004

ProCurve Networking by HP today introduced software applications designed to help enterprises get more control, security and productivity from their business-driven networks by automating and simplifying network access management.

ProCurve Manager, ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 and Identity Driven Manager 1.0 support the ProCurve Adaptive EDGE Architecture, enabling more business management by helping reduce the time spent on infrastructure management.

ProCurve Manager and ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 are advanced Windows®-based network management tools that provide administrators with easy-to-use screens for configuring, updating, monitoring and troubleshooting ProCurve devices.

Identity Driven Manager 1.0 is an application for ProCurve Manager Plus that automatically manages intelligent network access, applying security and performance settings to network infrastructure devices based on user, location and time. This enables central definition of policies that are then enforced at the edge by ProCurve devices.

By automatically managing intelligent network access in this way, Identity Driven Manager gives enterprises more control over their networks, more productivity from their information technology (IT) staff, and more adaptability.

"Our goal is to help our customers focus on business needs and get more from their networks, without increasing complexity," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. "Network administrators are concerned with enforcing security and improving performance on their wired and wireless networks while providing ease-of-use and appropriate access to network users. Our focus on industry standards and innovative research and development allows us to provide proven networking hardware and identity-driven network management software to meet those needs, moving the network from a connection medium to a business enabler."

"Effective security is done at many layers. Dynamically securing access rights at the network physical point of entry, regardless of medium, whether it is wired or wireless, makes absolute sense," said Garry Range, senior network design engineer, Arch Coal. "ProCurve's Identity Driven Manager software, coupled with their switches, gives me the capability to do just that by applying security and performance policies based on user, location and time."

ProCurve Manager and ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6

ProCurve Manager and ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 deliver a better return on investment by enabling administrators to do more with less.

For example, ProCurve Manager and ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 ensure the network device availability for vital business processes. Automated discovery and status update ensures quick and complete discovery of ProCurve devices and their availability status. Advanced traffic monitoring identifies heavy network users so that viruses, network abuse or network mis-configuration problems can be resolved quickly.

Auto-configuration of the network enables network administrators to quickly adapt network resources to meet increasing capacity. ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 seamlessly integrates the robust configuration and traffic management capabilities of ProCurve Manager with the rich multi-vendor monitoring and root-cause diagnosis capabilities of HP OpenView Network Node Manager software. This powerful combination provides businesses with the ability to manage legacy network equipment while concurrently leveraging the high return on investment of ProCurve networking equipment.

Additional ProCurve Manager Plus features include:

  • An Events Summary screen displays alerts and categorizes severity, making it easier to track bottlenecks and fault events. Alerts present detailed information on the problem, even down to the specific port.

  • Automatic updates from HP can be scheduled easily across large groups of devices at user-specific times, saving time and improving security with auto-assignment of security policies.

  • A new, easy-to-use VLAN (virtual local area network) management interface allows the user to create and assign VLANs across the entire network, without having to access individual network devices.

ProCurve Manager and ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 can run independently or with HP OpenView Network Node Manager 6.41 or 7.X, which allows administrators to proactively manage multi-vendor network infrastructure, relationships and dependencies and provides advanced root-cause analysis for fast problem identification and resolution while leveraging ProCurve specific network device management functions.

Identity Driven Manager 1.0

Identity Driven Manager 1.0 software helps administrators improve productivity by simplifying and streamlining network management tasks with central policy management and creation, and enforcement at the edge. It increases network functionality without the need for new network resources and is built on an existing switch platform that leads the industry in warranty and support.

Unlike other networking solutions that use proprietary infrastructures and protocols, Identity Driven Manager uses industry standards, giving customers more choice since it easily integrates with existing infrastructure resources. In addition, Identity Driven Manager is easy to implement, offering simple configuration on a central basis that is copied across the network, as opposed to proprietary configuration schemes.

Pricing and availability

ProCurve Manager is expected to be available free on Jan. 1, 2005, with an upgrade to ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 expected to be available for an estimated U.S. street price of $3,199(1) at the same time. ProCurve Manager Plus 1.6 is a prerequisite for Identity Driven Manager 1.0, which is expected to be available on the PCM Plus CD for an estimated U.S. street price of $5,499.(1)

About ProCurve Networking by HP

The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP is a supplier of enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions - including Ethernet switches, routing switches, wireless access points and network-management applications - which allow customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.

More information about ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at

About HP

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(1) Actual prices may vary

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