A new HP FlexManagement solution converges physical and virtual network management in a single pane of glass, and a new virtual- and Cloud-optimized network intrusion prevention system (IPS) increases security in data centres.
These solutions are based on the HP FlexNetwork architecture, the industry's only unified architecture for the data centre, campus and branch enabling enterprises to fully harness the power of media-rich content, virtualization, mobility and Cloud computing.
A core component of the HP Converged Infrastructure, the HP FlexNetwork architecture unifies network silos by ensuring industry-standard protocols are implemented consistently across all networked devices throughout an enterprise. As a result, clients are able to simplify and speed service delivery across the data centre, campus and branch, driving increased agility and innovation.
"Customers are looking for vendors driving a systemic change in networking to eliminate complexity, improve agility and increase performance", stated Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. "HP's new modular campus switches outperform Cisco's in-class products head-to-head in each category, while HP's single-pane-of-glass management tool alone does what it takes Cisco 30 different tools to do."
The campus switch segment, the largest segment of the worldwide Ethernet switch market, is forecast to reach $13.7 billion in 2011, growing from $12 billion in 2010. Clients have long required advancement in campus architectures with fewer network tiers, lower latency and significantly higher throughput to deliver on the expanding amount of multimedia content.
The HP A10500 line of campus core switches meets these needs by delivering multimedia services, such as high-definition video. It delivers 3 microsecond latency, which is 75 percent lower than Cisco's Catalyst 6509, and it delivers 128 wire-speed 10GbE ports, which is 270 percent higher performance than the 6509.
For large campuses, a super core with 208 wire-speed 10GbE ports can be delivered with two HP A10500 switches using the HP Intelligent Resilient Framework, an HP innovation that allows multiple switches to be virtualized and operate as a single switch. The A10500 will support 100GbE with the addition of new line cards.
At the access layer of the FlexCampus, the new line cards for the HP E5400 and E8200 switches deliver up to 90 percent lower latency and 600 percent higher throughput than the Cisco Catalyst 4506. Also, the high-speed HP E-MSM460 and E-MSM466 wireless access points deliver wire-like performance of 15 high-definition video series streams per access point, which is 50 percent more than Cisco 1140 and 3500 series access points. These new HP access points also provide higher performance over greater distances.
Faced with IT sprawl, the complexity of multitier deployments and increasing demand for virtualization, clients can turn to the HP FlexNetwork architecture to simplify their networks and prepare their organisations for demanding, service-oriented computing models such as Cloud, mobile computing and virtualization.
While Cisco can require 30 separate management tools for data centre, campus and branch networks, HP delivers single-pane-of-glass management with the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) across all the modular building blocks of the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
The new HP IMC version 5 manages the entire HP Networking portfolio as well as more than 2600 network devices from over 35 vendors, more than 1000 of those devices are from Cisco. HP IMC helps clients mitigate the risk of migration from proprietary legacy networks to the open, standards-based HP FlexNetwork architecture.
HP IMC version 5 provides a unified view into the virtual and physical data centre network to accelerate service delivery, simplify operations and boost network availability. It automatically discovers virtual machines, virtual switches and their relationship to the physical network, overcoming the challenges of administrating increasingly virtualized service-oriented data centres.
An upcoming version of HP IMC is planned to add automatic synchronization of network connectivity information with HP Virtual Connect technology for server blades and further automate the process of creating a server profile, moving a step closer to one-button Cloud provisioning.
"To meet network requirements of our new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Centers, we needed a single, scalable networking architecture that would be easy to manage across both physical and virtual domains", stated Henry Fastert, chief technologist, SHI International, a $3 billion global provider of information technology and services. "HP IMC provides us with network management and advanced automation capabilities from a single platform that allows simple and rapid service orchestration."
For customers who want to extend single-pane-of-glass management beyond the network to the entire enterprise infrastructure in a heterogeneous environment, HP Network Management Center 9.1, part of the HP Business Service Management software portfolio, delivers the highest levels of automation, compliance and scalability to reduce operational expenses by more than 90 percent.
Data centre application workloads are increasingly virtualized, and many legacy security solutions only protect physical environments supporting single workloads. The new HP TippingPoint S6100N IPS appliance provides organisations a single, scalable network security framework that automatically and consistently builds in protection as virtual machines are created or moved across an enterprise.
The appliance scales the HP Secure Virtual Framework to provide a single solution for physical, virtual and Cloud environments. Providing up to 60 percent higher performance than the previous generation, the HP TippingPoint S6100N IPS can inspect up to 16 Gbps of high-bandwidth application traffic in real time to improve availability of mission-critical services.
"Virtual deployments speed up our business processes, but they cannot be implemented if it means sacrifices to either security or application availability", stated Johnny Hernandez, vice president, Information Security, PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. "Leveraging the real-time inspection capacity of the HP TippingPoint IPS, we are able to automatically secure our virtual environments and get the best performance from them."
The HP A10500 campus core switch is expected to be available in the second half of the year in the United States with a list price expected to start at $38,000. The HP Intelligent Management Center 5.0 is planned to be available in June in the United States with a list price of $6,995. HP IMC 5.1 is expected to be available by the end of the year in the United States. The HP TippingPoint S6100N appliance is available now worldwide at a list price of $209,995.