New HP FlexNetwork architecture increases flexibility of IT infrastructure

Unifies network “silos” in virtual, media-rich and cloud environments

Technology and services giant, HP, recently launched its FlexNetwork architecture – a unified architecture for the datacentre, campus and branch that enables businesses to fully utilise virtualisation, mobility, media-rich content and cloud computing.

The new architecture advances IT infrastructure flexibility by allowing clients to install solutions based on modular building blocks and open industry standards. This avoids vendor lock-in and drives focus towards business innovation.

A key component is the convergence of network silos, by ensuring protocols are employed consistently across all networked devices in a company. The HP FlexNetwork architecture unifies the network through modular building blocks – FlexFabric, FlexCampus, FlexBranch, and FlexManagement – that share a common management layer.

It adheres to standards across the modular building blocks that form the architecture and is scalable from the remote site to the datacentre, via vulnerability detection that automatically constructs standard security policies into the virtual and physical infrastructure.

HP offers a complete set of lifecycle services for each modular building block to support the planning, design, implementation and operation stages.

HP Technology Services will also aid clients migrate from proprietary legacy networks to the FlexNetwork architecture and in moving off proprietary network protocols like Cisco’s EIGRP, to standard routing protocols OSPF v2 and v3.

The company has also announced several new solutions based on the HP FlexNetwork architecture including the HP TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) S6100N appliance, the HP A-series 10500 campus core switch and HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) version 5.1.

According to HP South Pacific director of networking, Darren Read, the architecture enables clients to advance existing network investments, reduce total cost of ownership and prepare for future demands.

“To ensure success and a competitive advantage, enterprises need to shift resources from maintenance of complex legacy networks to innovation,” he said.