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Unveiling the FlexNetwork architecture: Leading innovations

By Kash Shaikh, Director of Marketing, HP Networking



5-8-2011 6-46-58 PM.jpgHave you heard the news? Here at Interop 2011, HP unveiled the industry’s first holistic converged network architecture across the data center, campus and branch.  We at HP believe this new FlexNetwork architecture will forever change the history of networking and, more importantly, change how you design and manage your networks.


A core component of
Converged Infrastructure, the FlexNetwork architecture provides a consistent architectural framework from data center applications all the way to the users in campus and branch across the full breadth of the network with a single-pane-glass management.
While legacy networking vendors are arguing about the definition of “fabric” for data center, HP is actually focusing on solving your real business problems, holistically all the way from data center fabric to campus and branch networks. We are leading the change to the entire best-in-class network with FlexNetwork architecture strategy.


Why FlexNetwork architecture?


Your legacy networks are at a breaking point, leaving you faced with disjointed networking architectures. You are asked to buy something for the data center and something completely different for the campus and branch. These architectures have inconsistent technologies. Multiple operating system versions, hundreds in some cases and have different management tools—often 30 or more. The result? Rising complexity and cost.


The reality is, you have multiple layers in data center and campus networks that add latency,  slow down application performance and results in a poor user experience. The aggregation and distribution layers in your data center and campus amount to well over $2.5 billion annually. This is just stranded capital. 


FlexNetwork architecture – what does this mean to your business?


HP FlexNetwork architecture can eliminate the network silos, inconsistencies and layers that add complexity and hinder performance in your legacy networks—while at the same time freeing up stranded capital for IT innovations and new business model creation. 

The architectural framework behind FlexNetwork architecture is illustrated here:





Building blocks of FlexNetwork Architecture


The FlexNetwork architecture segments the network into interrelated building blocks:


  • FlexFabric – converges and secures data center network with compute and storage
  • FlexCampus – converges wired and wireless networks to deliver secure
    consistent identity-based access
  • FlexBranch – converges network functionality and services for simplicity
  • FlexManagement – converges network management and orchestration is the overarching single-pane-of-glass management solution


Defining principles of FlexNetwork

 The HP FlexNetwork architecture is built on five defining attributes as illustrated below:



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The new innovations and solutions we announced here at Interop are the proof points of our vision for helping you migrate from legacy networks. 





 Stay tuned to find out more as we take you through the journey of modernizing your networks with HP FlexNetwork architecture. We’ll invite our customers to share their stories.

In the mean time, I encourage all of you to read recent Gartner report, Clients That Don't Segment Their Network Infrastructure Will Have Higher Costs and Increased Vendor ... (15 March 2011).

View the additional slides from today's media announcement introducing HP FlexNetwork

>>FlexNetwork Architecture brochure here

 >> Follow the HP Buzz at Interop 2011.
>> Follow on Twitter: #Interop #HP





We will continue to deliver innovations, programs, and capabilities to help customers realize the HP FlexNetwork architecture strategy.


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