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HP's next generation network switches boast SDN, IPv6 support

New range aimed at software defined networks
Wed Jun 25 2014, 13:45
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HP HAS UNVEILED a series of switch devices aimed at the software-defined network (SDN) market.

The HP5400R zl2 series is claimed to improve productivity while simultaneously reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) by 43 percent, compared to the company's previous offering. 

HP SVP and GM of Servers and Networking Antonio Neri said, "HP is committed to developing open networking solutions that allow our customers to take full advantage of new business applications and migrate to SDN when they are ready, without requiring a forklift upgrade of their current infrastructure."

Topline specifications include a Freescale P2020 dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 16MB of flash, a 1GB SD card and 4GB of DDR3 SODIMM memory for the management module. The 1Gb module runs on an ARM11 processor at 450Mhz while the 10Gb module runs at 550Mhz.

The range supports Openflow, separating packet forwarding and routing decision paths, and a range of Quality of Service (QoS) protocols, including Layer 4 prioritisation, bandwidth shaping and class of service (CoS).

With full IPv6 support, the range is set up with the future in mind, as it can intelligently select queues and memory buffering options according ot the needs of the network applications.

HP recently launched the Helion cloud platform for Openstack Linux as well as split level encryption for cloud services under the Alyaa brand.

HP has yet to announce UK pricing, however the US list prices have been set for the two models in the starting lineup from $2,419 ranging up to $4,599, including lifetime warranty. µ


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