HP delivers unified BYOD networking solution

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 26, 2013

Mobility

HP today announced new unified wired and wireless solutions that deliver a scalable and secure network supporting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives while creating incremental revenue opportunities for partners.

The new solutions and services, introduced at the HP Global Partner Conference, include the solution that supports growing BYOD initiatives. This solution delivers unified wired and wireless management and switching platforms that create a single network for wired and wireless connectivity.

The offerings also aims to enable partners to leverage the HP FlexNetwork architecture to support their clients’ BYOD essentials with new device on-boarding and provisioning functionalities through a single management application and automated security with software-defined networks (SDN) technology, while being supported by mobility connectivity services.

By 2016, two-thirds of the workforce will own smartphones, and 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile. Yet, today’s legacy infrastructure requires two separate networks and management applications for wired and wireless connectivity, resulting in operational complexity. Additionally, these legacy infrastructures lack scalability to support multiple devices per user or the security to protect mission-critical information.

According to Gartner, every business needs a clearly articulated position on BYOD, and formal BYOD programs are a fast-growing phenomenon due to the booming, innovative mobile device market.

“Organizations are struggling to deploy BYOD solutions within a complex, legacy infrastructure that spans two separate networks and management applications,” said Prakash Krishnamoorthy, country manager, HP Networking, HP India. “HP’s unified BYOD solution is the first to solve this issue and—combined with HP’s comprehensive training, programs and services—will create new, profitable opportunities for partners.”

In 2012, employee-owned devices accounted for more than two-thirds of devices accessing enterprise mobile applications. As a result, IDC predicts that IT will need to implement a holistic approach to addressing BYOD needs. The BYOD solutions will help optimise end-user experiences for both wired and wireless employee-owned devices accessing the network, enabling clients to simplify operations and reduce costs by up to 38 percent by eliminating the need for up to 50 percent of traditional network access devices, including separate switches and controllers, while supporting up to 1,000 wireless devices with the HP 830 Unified/WLAN Switch.

The solution will also help deliver an always-on user experience by automatically eliminating network downtime with HP Wi-Fi Clear Connect software offered on HP’s WLAN products. Easily deploy comprehensive management through plug-and-play integrated BYOD functionality in the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) Smart Connect.

Some of the new solutions will also enable clients to double network scalability over legacy infrastructures and security.