Wednesday, February 1, 2012

HP Enables OpenFlow across its Enterprise Switches

HP is enabling OpenFlow across its FlexNetwork enterprise switches. The new capabilities are delivered as a free software upgrade across 16 switches, including the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series. The support will be expended to all switches in the HP FlexNetwork architecture this year.

OpenFlow is an emerging network virtualization technology pioneered at Stanford University and by the Open Networking Foundation, of which HP is a founding member.

OpenFlow is aimed at reducing the complexity of network devices and automating tasks using simplified network management.

“To help enterprises uniformly manage network traffic flow across the data center, HP became an early innovator of the OpenFlow standard, supporting more than 60 universities and research centers in trials, development efforts and practical real-world applications,�? said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. “With more than 10 million OpenFlow-capable switch ports deployed and the broadest portfolio currently available on the market, HP is leading the move to the OpenFlow standard and further simplifying networks for our enterprise clients.�?