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"Only HP is positioned to deliver the industry's most complete software-defined data center network fabric with innovations that enable our customers to create a network foundation that will meet their needs today and well into the future," said Bethany Mayer, Sr. VP & GM of Networking at HP, as HP yesterday unveiled an industry-leading data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture.

"For the past 20 years, data center networks have lagged in supporting new enterprise demands for cloud, virtualization and big data,"  Mayer added.

HP claims the fabric will enable business agility for clients by delivering two times greater scalability and 75 percent less complexity over current network fabrics while reducing network provisioning time from months to minutes.

"As companies move to a cloud environment, legacy network architectures are buckling under the pressure for instant access to applications and services that offer a high-quality user experience," the company explained, in an announcement. "Organizations also are struggling with the complexity of current data center network fabric designs, which require manual device-by-device configurations and limit the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications."

The announcement continued:

"HP is addressing these challenges with a series of software-defined network (SDN) data center switches that deliver advanced automation capabilities and industry-leading scalability for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Hadoop. The new offerings include the new HP FlexFabric 12900, which is the industry's first OpenFlow-enabled core switch capable of scaling to meet the demands of increasing virtualized workloads.

"Today's data center networks are somewhat static and limiting in their ability to scale -- they are also complex and require manual provisioning for cloud and virtualized applications," said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC. "HP's portfolio of physical and virtual switches, as well as its SDN-enabled network fabric, indicates its readiness to address many of these challenges, providing clients simplicity, scalability and automation to enable new services and applications for the data center."

HP's unique single pane-of-glass management aims to automate accelerated application and service delivery for SDN-enabled and traditional network devices from the data center to the campus and branch.

HP Datacenter Care for Networking - offers a single point of contact for reactive support and proactive services that enable customers to quickly resolve network issues, evolve the network to meet changing business needs and reduce IT administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on technology innovation.

Additional information about HP Networking solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/networking.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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