By Steve Brar, Global Product Marketing Manager, HP Networking
If your enterprise network core is still running legacy or aging switches, you have likely already started evaluating options for a refresh. If not, you should be. Here’s why—and why you should consider the HP 10500 switch series.
By Carol Shottes, Converged Infrastructure Marketing Manager
Did you notice this week’s announcement? HP garnered top honors as the Microsoft 2012 Communication Market Acceleration Partner of the Year for Lync. This award recognizes the alliance partner who has demonstrated expertise in planning, deployment, management and support of Lync. HP Networking played a significant role in earning this award, with solutions tailored for Microsoft Lync—including HP Survivable Branch Communication zl Module powered by Microsoft Lync for branch offices – and the HP 4120 and 4110 IP Phones optimized for Microsoft Lync
It is HP Discover time. . . and that means getting acquainted and seeing the expansive breadth of HP products, solutions and expertise. I will be at the show June 5-7, get your “hands dirty” at the demos, share your challenges, debate ideas and get the inside scoop on technology from the experts at the business and technical sessions. I will be presenting a couple of technical sessions on UC&C jointly with Microsoft on Lync/Voice capabilities and with Polycom on enabling video collaboration. Come join me on Tuesday, June 5th at Venetian in Las Vegas at these deep dive technical sessions and ask your tough questions
We had a lot of things to show on the booth at Enterprise Connect (photos of the booth) - and I didn' t get time to capture the full array of solutions and services on offer from HP, but I did grab a few minutes with Mushtaq Ahmed, Global Product Manager, from the HP Networking team to discuss HP's integrated solutions from Microsoft and Avaya, and the integration that will become possible with the next release of HP's VCX platform.
Mushtaq talks briefly about the Avaya Aura™ Session Border Controller which provides security for SIP traffic from the branch office, and the HP Survivable Branch Communications powered by Microsoft® Lync™, which provides survivability for the branch office voice communications in the event of an WAN outage.
On Wednesday, I attended the Enterprise Connect afternoon session on QoS & Network design for converged networks, hosted by John Bartlett of NetForecast. The speakers included representation from Cisco, Polycom, Apparent Networks, Netcraftsmen and our own Manfred Arndt from HP Networking’s Advanced Technology Group.
The session set out to demystify the things you need to support real-time multi-media traffic such as voice and video on your network, including QoS on LAN, WAN and the internet, SLAs, topology, mobility, and monitoring.