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February 2, 2012

HP introduces portfolio of OpenFlow-enabled switches

Enterprises can reduce the complexity of network devices

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has introduced a portfolio of OpenFlow-enabled switches to provide customers more choice for simplifying network management while meeting the bandwidth, performance and budget needs.

The portfolio spans 16 models and includes the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series switches.

OpenFlow is a network virtualisation technology that provides customers the flexibility and control to configure their networking environments to their specifications.

By deploying OpenFlow standard, enterprises can reduce the complexity of network devices and automate tasks using simplified network management.

HP said its switches with OpenFlow-enabled software have been deployed by academic and commercial researchers worldwide to achieve simplified management.

In addition, HP plans to expand support for OpenFlow across all switches in the HP FlexNetwork architecture this year.

HP Networking senior vice-president and general manager Bethany Mayer said to help enterprises manage network traffic flow across the data centre. HP became an early innovator of the OpenFlow standard, supporting more than 60 universities and research centres in trials, development efforts and practical real-world applications.

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"With more than 10 million OpenFlow-capable switch ports deployed and the broadest portfolio currently available on the market, HP is leading the move to the OpenFlow standard and further simplifying networks for our enterprise clients," said Mayer.


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