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What does your network wiring closet look like? How to clean it up and be future-ready.

Unified access layer for wired and wireless LAN with HP – Part 12


By Rebecca Humphress, HP Networking Global Product Marketing


rh_1.pngWires, wires and more wires.  I’ve been in some wiring closets that look more like a pit of snakes than anything an enterprise network is going over.  It can be very hard to keep up with the wiring of a closet especially when the number and types of end-point devices accessing applications through multiple networks is soaring. These switches were once the device for connecting desktops and servers.  Now, wiring closet switches connect WLAN APs, IP phones, video surveillance systems and other critical devices.  As networks become more ambiguous, wiring closet switches have to keep up.  Wiring closet switches are pervasive as they connect all end-points into an enterprise network and services, even power.  Network intelligence and services have shifted toward network access, enabling power management, unified communications, integrated security, WLAN access, service delivery and high availability to support real-time applications and much more.


What are some of the key trends happening to switches in order to keep up with this change? 


That’s a great question. There are more and more demands today for features that do multiple things like provide data and power, network access and service and the flexibility to grow as your business grows. This puts some major demands on switches to keep up.  We have developed a key set of switches to help address these needs in the access layer including the HP 5400, 5500 HI/EI, 3800and 2910 switch series.


These products provide a variety of features to help address your needs, including PoE/PoE+, stacking, resiliency and reliability with features like redundant power supplies built in and performance with up to 10G options—not to mention Layer 2 and 3 functionality, energy-saving features like Energy Efficient Ethernet, power management capabilities, security, service modules and performance.  With all of these features, you can be sure that your network will handle today’s traffic as well as the application explosion happening now and into the future. 


Network wiring closet cleanup: How to keep up—with an eye toward the future


To help you quickly respond to new business opportunities while managing rapidly changing network demands, the HP Unified Wired and Wireless Access solution helps improve the user experience, strengthen security, and simplify management based on one single-pane-of-glass management for the entire network. HP Unified Wired and Wireless Access provides a consistent set of network capabilities across wired and wireless devices allowing them to be managed as one entity through HP Intelligent Management Center.  Therefore as the requirements for your network increases, the ability to deploy and manage your network becomes easier. 


How are you keeping up with all of the changes in the network?  What are your future plans?  We would love to hear your feedback. 



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Calin C | ‎10-17-2012 11:25 AM

Luckly ours does not look like the one shown in your post Smiley Happy

Sean Fitz | ‎10-17-2012 06:23 PM

Hi Rebecca,


What are your thoughts on 10Gbase-T over Cat 6a or greater?  It seems there are more products starting to have it available, but how about adoption?  Any thoughts

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