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HP enables open SDN future

Tech giant unveils ‘enterprise class’ software-defined networking open ecosystem

Mortaja: HP’s SDN approach will take the industry forward.
Mortaja: HP’s SDN approach will take the industry forward.

HP has unveiled an ‘enterprise class’ software-defined networking (SDN) open ecosystem with the HP SDN Developer Kit (SDK) and the HP SDN App Store. According to HP, the moves will creating new business opportunities for partners and provide a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services.

“With SDN, the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward,” says Ziad Mortaja, Networking Director, HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa. “HP has created the industry’s most comprehensive SDN product portfolio as well as an open SDN ecosystem, which offers an environment for enterprises and partners to rapidly tune the network to their business and application needs.”

Legacy network rollout typically requires months of extensive ‘human middleware’ and customisation, according to HP, which delays potential application deployment and limits agility. While SDN promises to automate network operations, proprietary SDN technologies inhibit innovation, prevent interoperability and limit creation of a marketplace.  An open SDN ecosystem and application development platform can unlock innovation as well as enable collaboration.

The HP SDN Developer Kit provides developers the tools to create, test and validate SDN applications, leveraging HP’s SDN infrastructure and full complement of support services. The HP SDN App Store lets customers browse, search, purchase and directly download SDN applications onto their Virtual Application Networks SDN controller.

Current SDN ecosystem partners registered for the HP SDN Developer Kit include Aastra, Blue Coat Systems, BlueCat, Citrix Systems, Ecode Networks, F5, Infoblox, Infranics, Intel, Microsoft, MIMOS, PwC, Qosmos, Radware, Real Status, Riverbed, RMIT University, ShoreTel Inc.,  SAP, Tech Mahindra, VMware, Versatile and Websense.

“Applications are what will drive SDN technology into mainstream networking prominence,” says Rohit Mehra, Vice President of Network Infrastructure, IDC.

“The catch 22 is that to innovate through applications requires a large investment in infrastructure to develop, which becomes prohibitive. The advent of an SDN App Store, together with an SDN Developer Kit, makes this an accessible alternative for developers.”