HP unveils new network tools

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Hewlett-Packard Co has a new range of networking products and services to enable clients to keep pace with the demands of IT consumerisation and seamlessly transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The new products run across the entire spectrum of the company’s FlexNetwork family, and include the HP 5900 top-of-rack series, HP 12500 datacentre core switch, HP 3800 stackable switches, Virtualised zl Service Modules, and an upgraded Intelligent Management Centre (IMC).

Raymond Ooi — country manager of HP Networking, Malaysia — said legacy network infrastructures typically lack the flexibility required to support virtualised infrastructures, the bandwidth for intensive multimedia applications, and the scalability required for the growing number of connected mobile devices.

“Enterprises need a simpler networking infrastructure that’s scalable and flexible to keep pace with the dynamic needs of business applications,” he said.

New solutions for the datacentre include the new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) HP 5900 top-of-rack switches and the updated HP 12500 switch series, which enable clients to improve the performance of server-to-server traffic by up to 80%.

The HP 5900 top-of-rack series of 10GbE switches offers up to 300% greater network scalability. It reduces the number of logical devices in the server access layer by 50%, lowering total cost of ownership by 50%.

The switch is powered by the HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF), which allows four HP 5900 switches to be virtualised and operate as a single switch.

The Flexbranch portfolio has also been expanded with new virtualised service modules with technology from HP partners VMware and Citrix to speed up and simplify the service delivery of applications to branch offices, while saving 21% in cost.

The offering is touted as the first in the industry to converge blade servers at the branch into a network infrastructure capable of hosting multiple applications and services, yielding savings in space, power consumption and cost.

Also new is a release of the company’s IMC 5.1 that now supports 5,786 devices from more than 150 manufacturers and helps protect IT infrastructures from possible threats from mobile devices and mobile-centric applications.

With these new products, the company now supports IPv6 across the entire FlexNetwork portfolio.

To help with the transition, HP also announced new IPv6 migration services to make the move from IPv4 to IPv6 as painless as possible.

Ooi said many companies in the country are now at the stage of exploring and understanding the implications such a transition will have across their entire organisation.

“The first question to ask is ‘how well do you know your network?’ The awareness level is on the rise with application security being of highest concern as clients manage the economies of change,” he said.

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