HP announces open standard SDN

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 09, 2012

HP softwareHP announced its open-standards-based software-defined network (SDN) technologies that covers infrastructure, control software and application layers with a ’single control plane’ that enables enterprises and cloud providers to manage applications across data centre, campus and branch networks. In other words, the new HP technologies cover all layers by including an SDN controller, SDN applications and SDN services.

“In the cloud era, clients need a single point of control for the entire network, which enables them to deploy any application or service directly to the user within minutes,” said Prakash Krishnamoorthy, country manager, HP Networking, HP India.

The company will provide clients with a complete software-defined network solution that automates manual configuration tasks across hardware, software and applications and from data center to desktop through a single control plane, said Krishnamoorthy.

The new SDN functionality in the infrastructure layer enables clients to simplify network configuration. HP also announced nine additional switch models to provide OpenFlow-enabled support for HP FlexNetwork architecture, offering clients a flexible and programmable standards-based interface.

The new HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller abstracts the physical hardware from the logical deployment, providing a centralized view and automating network configuration of all devices in the infrastructure. Further, the new HP Virtual Cloud Networks software enables cloud providers to deliver automated and scalable public cloud services to enterprises. Using this software, enterprises can create an isolated virtual cloud network environment through a self-service public cloud infrastructure, ads the release.

Also, at the application layer, the new HP Sentinel Security software application automates network access control and intrusion prevention security with existing OpenFlow-enabled switch hardware through HP’s controller. As a result, clients can eliminate the complexity and expense of dedicated networking hardware appliances.

HP said that its SDN services will be available worldwide in early 2013.