Press Release: September 27, 2010

HP Achieves Breakthrough: Core of Its Six Internal Data Centers Now “Cisco Free”

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HPtoday announced that all six of its internal next-generation datacenters are now running company operations worldwide on HP Networkingsolutions.

In less than six months, HPIT engineers have replaced all of the non-HP core wide area-network(WAN) routers and switches connecting the six data centers to eachother and the internet. They also installed 75 HP A-series routers and switches and upgraded and replaced 30circuits – with no data center downtime.

“This past April we saidwe’d be Cisco-free for core WAN routing and switching in our datacenters, and we are. We did it ahead of schedule and are seeingperformance even better than we expected,” said Ken Gray, vicepresident, Infrastructure, Global Information Technology, HP. “Ourengineers have done a great job proving it’s possible to run anetwork for a company the size and scale of HP on our own products,and we did the migration without taking a data center offline.”

HP’s data centers arelocated in Houston, Austin and Atlanta – two in each city. Morethan 85 worldwide internal data centers of 5,000 square feet ormore, plus hundreds of smaller server locations, were consolidatedinto the six sites.

The HP IT teams alsotransformed the network architecture based on open standards. Thisopen architecture helped facilitate the optimization of the networkusing HP Networking, including HP TippingPoint products, across theinternal data center landscape.

Recently installed A-Seriesproducts include 20 A8812 routers, six A6616 routers, 18 A6604routers, 16 A12508 switches and 12 modular A9505 switches. Theequipment supports more than 260 Gbs of WAN data traffic, including120 Gbs of internet capacity – four times the bandwidth of what waspreviously installed – and it runs high-volume operations such asHP Internet Services and online transactions through the company’swebsite,

The next step in themigration plan is the installation of HP products on the fringes ofthe network connecting company facilities worldwide.

“When we talk to customersaround the world, they’re looking for a full networking portfolioprovider with open architecture enabling an alternative to theproprietary protocols they’ve been locked into for decades,” saidRandyMott, executive vice president and chief information officer,HP. “We knew from the first evaluations of the 3Com technology thatit would be an exceptional value for HP and HP IT.”

The IT executivesresponsible for the design and implementation of the internalnetwork will be holding breakout sessions for customers at the HPIT Forum in Atlanta, Nov. 18-19. Details on the event andregistration information are available at

More information about HPnetworking solutions is available at


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