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HP launches major SDN initiatives at Interop

April 4, 2014  

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This week at Interop Las Vegas, HP announced new cloud-managed, software-defined networking (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless network products it said are designed to help organizations increase the agility of their network, while simplifying its management.

The new offerings include the HP Cloud Managed Network Solution, IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points and SDN applications that are now part of the company’s unified wired and wireless portfolio.

“Our customers are telling us that their networks are primarily cost centres that are too complex to manage, while they are at the same time facing increasing end-user demand for a better mobile experience,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager of HP’s networking business unit.

According to the company, the HP 560 and 517 IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points enable organizations to support the growing number of mobile devices, while improving the user experience with speeds three times faster than 802.11n.

They will also be OpenFlow-enabled, which HP said will allow the leveraging of SDN applications without having to rip and replace existing infrastructure.

To bridge the gap between wired and wireless control, new controller appliances were also introduced. These include the HP 870 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance that supports up to 30,000 devices. For midsize to large enterprises, the HP 850 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance supports up to 10,000 devices.

Further coverage on the announcement and Interop will appear in the May-June issue of Connections+.

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