Unified access layer for wired and wireless LAN with HP - Part 4
By Gladys Alegre-Kimura, Global Product Marketing Manager, HP Networking
Wouldn’t you like an assistant that doesn’t break the household budget? That’s one of the reasons I like Siri on my iPhone. But what I really like about this feature is the fact that it’s completely integrated with the OS. Applications that are integrated tightly with the OS provide a seamless user experience because you don’t have to re-perform tasks in each app.
Yeah… In general, an integrated experience is usually well designed for personal devices like the PC, tablets or smart phones. But shouldn’t this experience be translated to larger domains – such as business applications, network management and even graphic design?
If you take the paradigm of integration between apps and an OS and translate it to something bigger like network management, the paradigm just falls apart. Why? If you focus on what’s used for the campus/branch, one might find a tool for the wireless network, a tool for the wired network, a tool for network access control, a tool to manage a discrete network device, and perhaps a new tool to manage the access of mobility devices, and on and on. You have no visibility into how one aspect of the network affects the other and the applications, especially those from different vendors and even apps from the same vendor, do not interoperate with each other. The sheer number of required toolsets cloud visibility causing it to be very difficult to correlate the information between all of the tools and find the root cause to fix the underlying issue. This is far from a seamless experience. Are you having issues correlating information from different management applications?
Unified management for the campus with HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) 5.1 SP1
The market continues to offer a fragmented approach for network management by delivering separate management tools for different aspects of the network, which all lends to a poor operations experience. We offer a different strategy with HP Intelligent Management Center, designed to simplify the network management experience and consolidates these discrete tools found across the network. It is a unified management solution based on a platform (liken to an OS) in which modules (like applications) can plug into. The solution provides a seamless experience across various management functions.
Focusing on the campus network for a bit, management across wired and wireless networks are unified within IMC saving precious time when triaging situations, such as slow user access, all because IMC provides improved visibility across many network management functions.\
The latest release of IMC 5.1 SP1 delivers many new capabilities that improve network automation in the data center with and Virtual Application Networks further simplifies management of the campus and branch. Today, I will cover a few of the capabilities that were added for campus/branch management in the latest release:
- Policy management: Speaking of a seamless integrated experience, are you finding your experience falling short of that goal by having to use one tool to learn of events and using another tool to remediate? The platform is enhanced with policy management, a capability that groups these activities together. You could set up a policy to alert you when there is too much broadcast traffic on a switch port and then remediate by shutting the port down all from IMC.
- Remote site management: You can think of the Remote Site Manager as a lightweight IMC at the remote site and then communicate with the central IMC server over a single SSL port. I think this is a great solution when you who want to limit the exposure of your network for the sake of remote management. Now you don’t have to have a separate management instance managing remote sites.
- User access management: One of the big issues with the proliferation of mobile devices on the enterprise network is the need to identify devices and apply the appropriate policy to the device when they are authenticated onto the network. This latest version of the User Access Manager module now includes Simple Network Access Control, an easy self-registration portal, so that IMC can identify the personally owned device and user, and apply the appropriate policy. This is phase one of HP’s BYOD solution and goes hand in hand with HP’s unified access strategy to provide seamless user policy management for wired and wireless users. We will be talking about this through our blog series: Unified access layer for wired and wireless LAN with HP.
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