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HP Expands Networking Portfolio
Converged blade and networking technologies increase virtualization
performance and network flexibility
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 16, 2009--
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded its networking portfolio with new HP
ProCurve offerings integrated with HP
BladeSystem infrastructure solutions that enable customers to
increase performance, security and management of both physical and
The new offerings include the HP ProCurve 6120 series designed to
leverage the award-winning HP BladeSystem infrastructure and an
expansion of the HP ProCurve 8200
Ethernet switch portfolio. Also included in the announcement is a
firmware upgrade to HP
Virtual Connect that allows users to change bandwidth on the fly to
respond to fluctuations in application requirements.
"The integration of HP ProCurve Networking blade switches with the HP
BladeSystem infrastructure is a pivotal change for HP as the company
aggressively diverges itself from the competition," said Nick Lippis,
president of analyst firm Lippis Enterprises. "These new HP solutions
provide customers the proven reliability of standards-based computing,
in addition to lowering maintenance and operational costs."
Increased network flexibility
To further strengthen the business benefits delivered by HP BladeSystem,
HP ProCurve is offering two new standards-based blade switches that
increase service quality, lower costs and reduce risks in the data
To reduce complexity and deliver investment protection, the 10Gb HP
ProCurve 6120XG Blade Switch is designed to meet the demands of
virtual machines and high-performance applications. When combined with
ProCurve Data Center Connection Manager, the switch delivers
automated network connection management and provisioning. Engineered
with emerging network standards in mind, the HP ProCurve 6120XG Blade
Switch is Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) ready, enabling
integration of Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks in the future.
To simplify the transition from 1Gb to 10Gb, the new HP ProCurve
6120G/XG Blade Switch seamlessly integrates a mix of legacy network
equipment in the data center. This allows customers to maximize return
on investment for their existing environments.
To address mission-critical local area network (LAN) access, midsize LAN
and data center networking, HP ProCurve extended the connectivity and
design options for the 8200
switch families. Customers with unified communications and video
surveillance can use high-capacity Power over Ethernet (PoE+) to reduce
costs while lowering power consumption. The new offerings also expand HP
ProCurve's unified networking approach by using common architecture,
security and management tools across the portfolio.
These new switches offer customers more affordable networking options
over competing solutions and are backed by the ProCurve Lifetime
Improved virtualization management with simplified connectivity
To reduce network complexity, lower connectivity costs and offer
flexibility for deploying a data center technology infrastructure, HP
enhanced its innovative Virtual
Connect portfolio. HP Virtual Connect with HP BladeSystems reduces
acquisition costs up to 66 percent.(2) New customer benefits
Twice the Fibre Channel bandwidth at a lower cost per 8Gb port than
competitive offerings with HP Virtual
Connect 8Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Module. The solution is ideal
for virtualization and other high-performance applications.
Increased network flexibility from the new Virtual
Connect Firmware Update with Virtual Connect Flex-10. This
allows users to dynamically change network connections and adjust
bandwidth without rebooting the server. It also provides expanded
support for up to 128 virtual local area networks (VLANs) to improve
delivery of infrastructure-as-a-service deployments, as well as
enhanced network diagnostics to simplify management.
HP channel partners also will benefit from an enhanced portfolio of
networking options to offer customers. Additionally, they can leverage
the extensive installed base of more than 1.5 million blade units to
drive new HP ProCurve sales opportunities.(3)
"Virtual sprawl has been an ongoing challenge for customers, adding
unnecessary complexity and management costs that take valuable resources
away from business innovation," said Marius Haas, senior vice president
and general manager, HP ProCurve. "By delivering a converged solution
that is easier to manage, higher performing and reduces costs, HP is
eliminating these challenges, allowing customers to focus their efforts
on growing the business, today and in the future."
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Adaptive Infrastructure Maturity Model (AIMM) for both end-users and
channel partners. The maturity model includes new tools that help
customers improve return on investment by providing the information
needed to make informed technology purchase and operational decisions.
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(1) Details are available in the ProCurve Software License,
Warranty and Support booklet at www.procurve.com/warranty.
(2) HP Performance Engineering Team, November 2008.
(3) 2Q09 WW IDC Server Tracker.
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