HP unveiled an industry-leading data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture, enabling business agility for clients by delivering two times greater scalability and 75% less complexity over current network fabrics while reducing network provisioning time from months to minutes.
As companies move to a cloud environment, legacy network architectures are buckling under the pressure for instant access to applications and services that offer a high-quality user experience. Organizations also are struggling with the complexity of current data center network fabric designs, which require manual device-by-device configurations and limit the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications.
HP is addressing these challenges with a series of software-defined network (SDN) data center switches that deliver advanced automation capabilities and industry-leading scalability for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Hadoop. The new offerings include the new HP FlexFabric 12900, which is the industry’s first OpenFlow-enabled core switch capable of scaling to meet the demands of increasing virtualized workloads.
“For the past 20 years, data center networks have lagged in supporting new enterprise demands for cloud, virtualization and big data,” said Gautham Raj, Networking Sales Director, HP Middle East. “Only HP is positioned to deliver the industry’s most complete software-defined data center network fabric with innovations that enable our customers to create a network foundation that will meet their needs today and well into the future.”
Simplify network design and operations
By simplifying network design and operations, new HP Networking solutions enable customers to:
• Improve IT productivity by unifying the virtual and physical fabric with new HP FlexFabric Virtual Switch 5900v software, which, in conjunction with the HP FlexFabric 5900 physical switch, delivers advanced networking functionalities such as policies and quality of service to a VMware environment. Integrated Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA) technology provides clear separation between server and network administrations to deliver operational simplicity.
• Reduce data center footprint with the HP Virtualized Services Router (VSR), which allows services to be delivered on a virtual machine (VM), eliminating unnecessary hardware, by leveraging the industry’s first carrier-class software-based Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
“Today’s data center networks are somewhat static and limiting in their ability to scale—they are also complex and require manual provisioning for cloud and virtualized applications,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC. “HP’s portfolio of physical and virtual switches, as well as its SDN-enabled network fabric, indicates its readiness to address many of these challenges, providing clients simplicity, scalability and automation to enable new services and applications for the data center.”
Scale data center fabric for improved application performance
HP FlexFabric solutions improve end-user application experience and enable customers to:
• Enhance support for complex, high data-consuming applications with the HP FlexFabric 12900 switch series, which manages bandwidth spikes with the built-in networking standard Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL). The HP FlexFabric 12900 switch series can move up to three times more data across the network per 40-gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port compared to leading competitors.
• Improve virtualized application performance by up to 50 percent with the HP FlexFabric 11908, the industry’s first OpenFlow-enabled aggregation switch. HP FlexFabric 11908 delivers10/40 GbE connectivity for blade servers, such as HP c-Class servers with Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules, enabling flexible and cost-effective deployment for data centers.
• Boost resiliency by simplifying network service delivery with the HP HSR 6800 router series, which consolidates routing, firewall, switching and more than five times the security services of other solutions into one device that supports thousands of users.
Automate the network with management and SDN
HP’s unique single pane-of-glass management automates accelerated application and service delivery for SDN-enabled and traditional network devices from the data center to the campus and branch. This enables customers to:
• Improve application performance with templates for network services that simplify and automate network configurations for applications from edge to core with the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) Virtual Application Network Resource Automation Manager software.
• Simplify management of SDN and traditional network infrastructure operations with HP IMC SDN Manager, the industry’s first complete configuration, monitoring and policy management application software spanning campus, branch and data center networks.
Focus on innovation and the business
HP Technology Services help customers evolve and operate complex data center networks to reallocate resources to innovation and business growth. New services include:
• HP Connectivity Transformation Experience Workshop—helps customers achieve network scale and agility with a defined strategy for network transformation that aligns business and IT goals.
• HP IPv6 Roadmap Service—provides access to experienced consultants to develop a transition roadmap to IPv6 by considering all six of the domains affected by this transition—the network, security, infrastructure, applications, governance and finance.
• HP Datacenter Care for Networking—offers a single point of contact for reactive support and proactive services that enable customers to quickly resolve network issues, evolve the network to meet changing business needs and reduce IT administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on technology innovation.