ProCurve leans toward security

Security is a key focus for HP's networking arm this year, its most senior technology executive claimed this month. In an exclusive interview with IT Weekly Paul Congdon, chief technology officer for HP ProCurve Networking said that demand for secure networking products will be one of the top trends in 2006.

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By  Peter Branton Published  February 19, 2006

Security is a key focus for HP's networking arm this year, its most senior technology executive claimed this month. In an exclusive interview with IT Weekly Paul Congdon, chief technology officer for HP ProCurve Networking said that demand for secure networking products will be one of the top trends in 2006. “People often trade off performance when you turn on security,” he said. “But there’s a big drive now for security to be always on.” Congdon was in Dubai for a ProCurve EMEA event, which saw the firm unveil a new set of Layer 3 and 4 LAN switches that feature wirespeed performance and integrated Gigabit Power over Ethernet (POE). The aim of this technology is to enhance ProCurve’s Adaptive Edge Architecture by delivering functionality to the edge of the network. “Clearly there is vulnerability that exists on the end point,” Congdon warned. “And when you take your machine to all these different places you expose it to many different risks and threats. Part of our architecture of pushing functionality to the edge will include pushing security to the edge of the network,” he continued. Congdon added that ProCurve has integrated a tool that analyses traffic flow through the network into its products. This alerts the user if there is a virus on their PC and if this virus is being spread to other machines. Congdon said the company would continue with its existing business strategy and scotched rumours that ProCurve could be a candidate for acquisition by a larger company. “I’ve been in this business since 1989 and have had rumours like that all along,” he said. “The fact that we are a formidable asset that generates rumours is very exciting. If you look at our value proposition, that has not changed for us in the last seven years. Our strategy is to solve complex networking problems making them simpler and more affordable to deploy. That’s what ProCurve is all about,” he claimed.

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