HP releases FlexNetwork architecture for data center

Single architecture unifies network 'silos' to increase flexibility for virtual, media-rich and cloud environments

HP Monday announced the HP FlexNetwork architecture, the industry’s only unified architecture for the data center, campus and branch, which enables enterprises to fully harness the power of media-rich content, virtualization, mobility and cloud computing.

A core component of the HP Converged Infrastructure, the HP FlexNetwork architecture converges network silos by ensuring protocols are implemented consistently across all networked devices. As a result, clients are able to simplify and speed service delivery across the data center, campus and branch, driving increased agility and innovation.

According to HP's press release, single-vendor, proprietary approaches lock in customers while driving up cost and complexity with different architectures required at each point in the network, including data center, campus and branch. This lack of convergence and increased complexity make it difficult to roll out new applications and services. The HP FlexNetwork architecture is designed to transform legacy networks through convergence and simplification, enabling organizations to deliver innovation, speed and performance. The new level of flexibility from the HP FlexNetwork architecture enables clients to focus on preparing their organizations for the demands of the future.

“To ensure success and a competitive advantage, enterprises need to shift resources from maintenance of complex legacy networks to innovation,” said Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. “With the HP FlexNetwork architecture, we deliver standards-based solutions that allow clients to bring existing network investments forward, reducing total cost of ownership today while preparing organizations to embrace the future.”

HP will be demonstrating its networking products and services at Interop Las Vegas 2011, May 10-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in booth 1327. HP Networking is powering the InteropNet, a multivendor, high-speed network that serves the exhibitors, conference rooms and attendees at the event.

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