Do you remember “Power to the People,” as a political slogan and rallying cry from the 1960’s? The newest component in HP Networking’s FlexBranch, the HP Advanced Services zl Module with Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition is bringing “power to the branch office”.
Just as users in your corporate headquarters, users in your branch offices deserve the same reliable user experience. With a single integrated application module running Windows Server hosted in a 5400zl switch, branch offices can now enjoy a comprehensive set of network services….DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, and Print Services….packaged in a small physical chassis with low carbon footprint and centralized management. Even if the link to your HQ data center goes down, users in each branch can continue to work.
FlexNetwork is an end to end framework that encompasses datacenter, campus and branch with a comprehensive management across the entire network. The AllianceONE solutions enable, versatility and openness, a key characteristic of FlexNetwork. Come visit us at the HP pavilion on the Interop show floor to see our demo of AllianceONE partner solutions integrated with HP switches.
FlexNetwork is an end-to-end framework that encompasses data center, campus and branch with a comprehensive management across the entire network. Typically what you see in the industry is a different architecture for data center and a completely different one for campus or extended enterprise. Read how HP converges network connectivity with services to deliver near campus LAN like experience in the branch. Come visit us at the HP pavilion on the Interop show floor.
I had an opportunity to talk to Manfred Arndt about HP Networking's UC&C or Unified Communications and Collaboration strategy, and called into Manfred's #HPNetworkDay presentation to listen to the discussion.
The session started with a lively debate over the definition of UC&C - and whether it is best delivered as a service via public clouds; or as an enterprise offering through a IT hosted by the enterprise as a private cloud. The point was also made that one size does not fit all, and that UC&C requirements vary depending on your business needs, the individual role within an organization, and demographic/geographic preferences – for example, with a hospital taking advantage of wireless voice and location based services, but a call-center needing a completely different set of applications. Greg (@etherealmind) suggested that his iPhone delivered enough UC&C for his needs.
Click through to the article to read more about how UC&C isn't just voice or video, how an open standards-based network is critical to support UC&C, and how you can build the business case to move to UC&C. The slides from the presentation are embedded at the end of the post.
Ascent Consulting Services Pvt, Ltd is a pan-Indian technology and outsourcing company, offering management solutions for human resource, finance and legal compliance departments. Ascent needed a new data-center to store confidential information belonging to Ascent’s clients and to serve as the network security core center for the company’s corporate network.
After conducting a comparative analysis of the various solutions available on the market, including those from Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper, Nortel and SonicWall, Ascent chose the new Fortinet/HP ProCurve solution in Q1 2010 because it offered the right combination of integrated security, performance and scalability, for its new data center.
“As we deal with sensitive data, including financial information coming from our customers, data integrity and privacy remain top priorities for us,” said Narayana Bhat P., IT manager for Ascent. “To cope with the increase in data traffic in terms of volume and intensity, we needed to upgrade our security infrastructure and the combined Fortinet FortiGate-ONE solution deployed on a HP ProCurve chassis-based switch appeared to be the best option for high-level protection in a rapidly growing network environment.”
For additional information see the Fortinet press release, or the FortiGate-ONE Software Security Solution page on Fortinet's site or FortiGate-ONE on HP's site