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April 27, 2017

HPE secretly axes its OpenSDN suite

HPE has axed its OpenSDN suite and will stop selling the products to customers.

By Hannah Williams

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has reportedly axed its OpenSDN suite, which will take action immediately, according to an internal memo seen by The Register.

HPE staff members were told to keep the shift secret, whilst the company’s sales staff was instructed to close down all customer demos and proof-of-concept installations.

It was advised that customers and partners of the company should be informed that it has “discontinued development of HPE OpenSDN” if asked any questions.

HPEFrom this, IT buyers will also be advised to look into other tools if they look to gain access to software-defined networking.

The internal memo revealed that HPE will no longer be supporting the networking platform that it has been known to have pitched as a solution for ISPs and IT service providers.

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HPE’s OpenSDN portfolio was built with a controller to deliver services across a range of data centres and locations, with the ability to hide all underlying network from service delivery.

However, this offering will now be stopped as the products which are expected to be axed include OpenSDN controller, VPN and its SFC lines, according to The Register.

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In an email, Sarwar Raza, Product VEEP and Jacques Rames, Telco sales said that the decision was “made in light of business and financial considerations,” while it was also confirmed that HPE “will no longer offer a native telco/service provider SDN solution.”

The company also wrote in the email that despite these changes, the removal should not be considered as a move away from open platforms. Although, its sales staff will not be accepting orders for the products any longer.

As it is disclosed, the internal memo informs that HPE is not planning to make any public announcements regarding the change and still stands on the decision to not offer any “proactive statements to customers.”

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