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HP channels buzzing with excitement over SDN and Mobility transformation opportunities

By Nick Watson, Vice President EMEA Enterprise Group, HP Networking


Nick WatsonAt the HP Networking Partner Academy in Lisbon 3 weeks ago, a good deal of discussion took place about how fast Software Defined Networks (SDN) would become the preeminent way of building networks. More to the point, how quickly would SDN take over completely from the manual, device by device configuration approach designed in the 1990s.


During the Enterprise Group sessions at the Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, the discussions about the “New Style of IT” centred largely on SDN. The growing conversation across all industry types – whether surrounding Workforce Productivity, Mobility, Security, Cloud, Virtualization, or Big Data – indicated people are coming to the realization that the Network determines the quality of the application experience.


Because of the complexity of IT systems (most which have grown organically over the past 20 years) there are a great number of changes required to enable applications to match the expectations of the end-user. At HP, with our “Partner First” strategy, we understand that the necessary migrations can often only succeed with the detailed knowledge of the Systems Integrator. With the launch of Partner Branded Support last year, our large Systems Integration and Service Provider Partners can now lead with their services and HP support embedded. In addition, our ExpertONE training programs and our transformation workshops can help smooth the journey to SDN. 


As IDC said in their presentation, the “third platform” has well and truly arrived. People absolutely expect to be able to access applications from their mobile devices, the developers therefore have to write with mobile devices in mind, even those applications which would have historically only ever been used from within the office.


This, in turn, has a knock-on effect on the performance, security and scale requirements for wireless networks.  As the standards change, I believe we will see the vast majority of access points changed for the new standard (802.11 ac) over the next two years, based on the significant enhancements that the new standard has to offer.


So, for me, last week – with its 23 Partner meetings, 11 Nationalities and everyone looking positively at the future with HP Networking – left me thinking, as Steve Brazier of Canalys hailed our message and we’ll be proudly shouting out from all roof tops!


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