By Kevin Secino, HP Networking
In my grade school days, my teachers use to say “haste makes waste.” You know the saying...
I can relate to this when making purchasing decisions based on “I’ve always done it this way” or not giving too much consideration to what technology I am adding to my network. I could be missing out on an opportunity to improve my network performance, along with reducing my network complexity.
Considering wired and wireless management tools? Consider HP.
I know I always look for new ways, new ideas that could make my life easier as well as improve my clients wired and wireless network experience. So pause for just a moment and consider the options that are out there in today’s competitive world to make network management efforts simpler.
With other vendor's multiple wired and wireless management tools and proprietary technology, I would certainly expect to reduce this complexity and streamline network administration. I would look to this as an excellent opportunity to work with the largest IT provider in the world to help reduce networking costs and simplify network operations.
Before any decision is made to purchase your next wired or wireless solution, consider HP’s FlexNetwork architecture, designed to provide a single management platform for both wired and wireless networks.
Did I mention that HP has one of the highest-performing, highest-density Access point family in the industry. In my last blog, I wrote about HP’s MSM460/466 Access point family offering one of the most flexible mobility architectures in the industry.
Look for flexible distribution choices: don’t wall yourself in with vendor lock-in
Whether you’re an all HP customer or not, consider HP’s mobility optimized architecture. As part of HP FlexNetwork Architecture, it is an integral part of the mobility controllers HP offers and can easily co-exist with legacy architectures. Industry analysts are saying that clients that don't segment their network infrastructure will see higher costs and increased vendor lock-in.
Layered network considerations
Once the appropriate building blocks have been defined, the most important technical consideration is to ensure that no proprietary or other forced linkages between the building blocks. Networking emerged as a set of layered technologies for a reason: Different functions are required, and a layered architecture ensures innovation, choice and an ability to meet various business requirements.
Within building blocks, it is acceptable to use proprietary technologies, as long as organizations compare vendors against their requirements and maintain sufficient ROI against potential lock-in costs. It is important to make the needed functionality a requirement, rather than making a specific proprietary technology a requirement. That keeps alternatives open and allows more choice.
Remember, “Haste does make waste.” So why not see what HP has to offer before you make your next networking decision?
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