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OpenFlow switches will simplify network management: HP

AvantiKumar | March 29, 2012
HP Malaysia: new portfolio of OpenFlow-enabled switches will cater to a wider range of bandwidth, performance and budget needs.

Raymond Ooi, Country Manager, HP Networking


PHOTO - HP Networking Malaysia Country Manager, Raymond Ooi.

A new portfolio of OpenFlow-enabled switches will help broaden choice and simplify network management, according to information technology solutions giant HP.

The portfolio of 16 models, which includes the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series switches, will meet a wider range of bandwidth, performance and budget needs, said HP Networking, Malaysia, country manager, Raymond Ooi. "In addition, HP plans to expand support for OpenFlow across all switches in the HP FlexNetwork architecture this year."

"OpenFlow is an emerging network virtualisation technology that provides customers flexibility and control to configure their networking environments to their specifications," said Ooi. "Deploying the OpenFlow standard enables enterprises to significantly reduce the complexity of network devices and automate tasks using simplified network management. By reducing the time it takes to make changes to the network, OpenFlow allows IT staff to better respond to changing needs in real time."

Ooi said HP customers and partners could access a free upgrade to HP's OpenFlow-enabled software for their HP switches.

"To help enterprises uniformly manage network traffic flow across the data centre, HP became an early innovator of the OpenFlow standard, supporting more than 60 universities and research centres in trials, development efforts and practical real-world applications," he said. "With more than 10 million OpenFlow-capable switch ports deployed and the broadest portfolio currently available on the market, HP is leading the move to the OpenFlow standard and further simplifying networks for our enterprise clients."

 Adoption of OpenFlow-enabled software

Ooi said HP switches with OpenFlow-enabled software have been deployed by academic and commercial researchers worldwide to achieve simplified management. "The extensive testing and practical application of OpenFlow technology on HP switches over the last four years in these environments have helped to ready the standard for broad enterprise use."

He said that HP partners and customers include Indiana University, Stanford University and the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) Project. "The GENI Project, operated by Raytheon BBN Technologies and funded by the National Science Foundation, is a virtual laboratory that explores future applications and services for efficient, agile networks."

"Enterprise data centres are in the midst of a massive transformation driven by data centre consolidation, server virtualisation, web-based applications and new security requirements, which our research indicates has created numerous network challenges that can't be addressed with existing legacy networks and manual processes," said analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group's senior principal analyst, Jon Oltsik. "OpenFlow holds the promise of breaking the logjam in network flexibility as well as paving the way for network innovation in the data centre - and vendor support from companies like HP is crucial for advancing this technology in 2012."

HP is a founding member of the Open Networking Foundation, which continues to advance the OpenFlow standard in order to lower network operating costs for enterprises through simplifying hardware, software and management processes.


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