The first session I’m attending at HP Tech@Work is by Lars Koelendorf. Lars is the EMEA Wireless Segment Manager, and used to be one of the Senior Technical Consultants in EMEA. Like me he comes from a technical background. The audience agreed that the key driver for any wireless deployment is the user. They have wireless at home, and don’t understand why the office hasn't got it.
Wireless is now Mission Critical. Lots of industry verticals have user cases for wireless including internet access for the education, government and health sector, where it is becoming critical for monitoring medical equipment. In Manufacturing and industrial, the real time tracking of supplies and emergency notifications if an employee is in danger.
The key business challenge for any type of customer though is to improve user productivity, and having a consistent wired and wireless policy. Other challenges facing customers are the increasing number and diversity of clients who want to connect over wireless coverage that is consistent. It’s no longer good enough for patchy or non-existent coverage.
The challenge for the Network Administrators is to provide a solution that can be easily managed.
In the traditional network model, it’s the core of the network that handles high availability, routing, multicast, security, QoS, and these devices can be very expensive. The edge of the network is for client connectivity, and basic user authentication.
HP Networking wants to change the rules. We want to make the network adaptive to users, applications and to organizational needs, doing this with a consistent unified and wireless architecture. How do we do this?
We see the network core as having high availability, with high performance forwarding. It must honor all decisions made at the edge of the network. The edge can do everything else.
Lars also talked about the evolution of wireless. The first generation was your standalone Access Point. These had some intelligence. Generation Two was the centrally managed, thin AP architecture. The third generation was optimized. It allowed for a comprehensive wireless overlay network, but it was still completely separate to the rest of the network. Most vendors still have this solution.
Generation four is truly unified. To the user it doesn’t matter that they are connecting via a wired or wireless connection. It allows decision making to be done at the edge of the network, and also offers the least cost migration to an 802.11n architecture. Finally, it offers the Network Administrator a single pane of glass management that will increase productivity, without compromising security.
The result?? Simplicity and Flexibility. HP's goal is to make networks simple, more open and with a better cost of ownership compared to other networking vendors.
What is in our Mobility Portfolio?
The Wireless offering inside the Advanced A Series is based on the recently acquired H3C range, and offers highly scalable enterprise controllers in a switch. For instance, the A9500 can support up to 14 controllers, each supporting 640 APs. That’s in ONE Switch. There are no limitations to the number of switches you group together. This makes this solution virtually unlimited.
The Essential E Series is based on the MultiService Mobility Solution. HP can support up to 200 x APs per controller, or 800 in a Controller domain.
Look out for a future blogpost, to explain what the different series of products mean
How can our AllianceONE partners help?
With Ekahau and AeroScout we can offer real time location tracking, where you can track people and property. Our Wireless IPS solution, based on Airtight, allows you to improve security beyond the encryption of traffic.