PETALING JAYA: The Hewlett-Packard Co announced its Virtual Application Networks (VAN) solutions, aimed at helping organisations get up to speed with the demands of an evolving and cloud-based IT environment.
According to Kash Shaikh, director of global product marketing for HP Networking, legacy networks are typically static, indifferent to applications and require manual management.
This often results in poor service delivery and an inability to adapt to rapidly changing business needs, thereby limiting the potential of the cloud.
He said that deploying a new application via legacy networks requires extensive time and coordination across the server, network and datacentre administrative teams, which can take up to four weeks.
“In the cloud era, clients need to be able to deploy applications on the fly to any device and any user accessing the network from anywhere with guaranteed quality of service levels,” said Shaikh.
He said the biggest challenge for organisations is maintaining a consistent user experience across wired and wireless devices within the network.
By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to wireless networks, but today more than 60% of enterprises are unsure which mobile devices are on their network.
Organisations must avoid risk to operations by ensuring the on-boarding of devices on the network is controlled and secured regardless of device type across wired and wireless connections.
HP said its VAN solutions provide a virtualised view of a network — abstracted from the physical equipment — that transforms a rigid physical enterprise network into a programmable and application-aware virtual network.
The solution offers new cloud functionality that speeds up application deployment, simplifies management, and ensures network service level agreements (SLAs) in the cloud and other dynamic-computing models.
It is also intended to enable organisations to simplify mobile device access, automate secure site-to-site connectivity and improve rich media application performance across the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
VAN solutions also taps into the intelligence found directly in server, storage and network hardware to automate provisioning and configuration tasks, while optimising performance, according to HP.
It actively leverages elements of Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, including OpenFlow, which is available on multiple HP Networking switch families, HP announced.
For more information, go to www.hp.com/go/networking.
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