HP launches ‘industry’s most complete’ SDN fabric

Solution said to simplify, scale and automate data centre networks

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HP launches ‘industry’s most complete’ SDN fabric Raj: For the past 20 years, data centre networks have lagged in supporting new enterprise demands for cloud, virtualisation and big data.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 25, 2013

HP today unveiled a data centre network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture, which the company claimed would "enable 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, HP pointed out that legacy network architectures are buckling under the pressure for instant access to applications and services. HP also suggested that organisations are struggling with the "complexity" of current data centre network fabric designs, which the company argued, "require manual device-by-device configurations and limit the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications".

HP aims to address such issues with a series of software-defined network (SDN) data centre switches that deliver advanced automation capabilities and scalability for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Hadoop. The new offerings include the new HP FlexFabric 12900, which HP describes as "the industry's first OpenFlow-enabled core switch capable of scaling to meet the demands of increasing virtualised workloads.

"For the past 20 years, data centre networks have lagged in supporting new enterprise demands for cloud, virtualisation and big data," said Gautham Raj, sales director, Networking, HP Middle East.

"Only HP is positioned to deliver the industry's most complete software-defined data centre network fabric with innovations that enable our customers to create a network foundation that will meet their needs today and well into the future." 

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