News | June 25, 2014

HP Helps Customers Switch To Software-Defined Networking Through Infrastructure Migration

Next-generation switch series enhances network performance

HP recently announced its next-generation HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series, designed to enhance network performance and support customers’ as they migrate to software-defined network (SDN) environments for greater business agility.

The complexity and performance limitations of legacy network infrastructure hinder an organization’s ability to seamlessly implement new applications and provide a high quality of service for end users. The flexibility that SDN offers is key to aligning network activity with bottom-line goals, and open standards ensure that customers avoid vendor lock-in as new innovations come to market.

The new HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series builds the foundation for an agile SDN environment, setting up SMB and enterprise customers for success by delivering simplicity and agility to campus and branch networks—from the midsize core to the access layer—while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 43 percent.(1) The new switch series also facilitates bandwidth needs of demanding applications, which enables organizations to bring projects to market more quickly.

“To keep pace with software developments and realize new business potential through cloud and mobile technologies, our customers are looking to modernize their networks,” said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers & Networking, HP. “HP is committed to developing open networking solutions that allow our customers to take full advantage of new business applications and migrate to SDN when they are ready, without requiring a forklift upgrade of their current infrastructure.”

Modernizing network infrastructure with agility and simplicity
To achieve ongoing improvements in business agility and prepare customers for SDN, enterprise networks must continually evolve to support new software and increased use of rich-media applications. Designed with fifth-generation ProVision Fabric ASIC technology, the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series provides the flexibility required to deploy bandwidth-intensive applications with throughput that is three times faster than competitive offerings(1) while delivering a high-quality end-user experience. With 58 percent lower latency(1) and up to 2 terabits per second of switching fabric capacity, the new switches let end users seamlessly utilize new applications or enhance the experience of existing solutions, such as video conferencing. As a result, organizations can explore new business models and strengthen collaboration.

Pricing and availability(2)
The HP 5406R zl2 and HP 5412R zl2 switches are available worldwide for $2,419 and $4,599, respectively.

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(1) HP internal comparative analysis of publicly available data from major competitors, June 2014.

(2) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.