HP is set to open the doors on its SDN App Store, designed to serve as marketplace for networking applications created for its software-defined networking (SDN) platform, the Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller.
Generally available from 1 October, the HP SDN App Store aims to build an ecosystem around HP's SDN platform, offering an easy way for developers to speed networking applications to market, while helping IT managers find a solution for their networking requirements.
First announced last year, the App Store was planned to go live in the first half of this year, providing HP partners a mechanism to sell SDN applications directly to customers, which can then be deployed on their network with little more than a mouse click.
"With the HP SDN App Store, we have completed the final piece of the SDN ecosystem by offering a vibrant, robust marketplace of innovations that supports more than five million users and provides support to customers as they migrate to SDN," said HP senior vice president for Servers and Networking, Antonio Neri.
HP is splitting the App Store into four zones: the HP Circle will feature applications built and tested exclusively by HP, while the Premium Circle will hold applications jointly tested by HP and its partners.
The Partner Circle is for applications that have been self-tested by HP partners but reviewed by HP, while the Community Circle is intended for open-access and community-supported applications to provide a proving ground for technologies and concepts.
As part of the launch, HP is showcasing two applications it has developed itself, along with six early applications from partners.
HP's own applications comprise the HP Network Protector, offering real-time security protection across OpenFlow-compliant network devices, and the HP Network Optimiser to provide automated provisioning of network policy and quality of service (QoS) for Microsoft's Lync IP messaging service.
The partner applications comprise BlueCat DNS Director, Ecode evolve for SDN service orchestration, the Kemp Adaptive Load Balancer Application, GuardiCore Defense Suite SDN-based network security, the F5 BIG DDoS Umbrella for protection against attacks, and Real Status Hyperglance, a hybrid cloud and SDN management platform.
HP said that the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller has been downloaded more than 3,000 times since its release, while the HP SDN Software Development Kit for building the actual applications has been downloaded more than 5,000 times.
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