HP has updated its 5400 series of campus networking switches with greater performance and bandwidth to support expanding mobile network deployments. The firm also unveiled a new visualisation tool to enable administrators to better monitor traffic flow.
Available from 1 May, the new HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series v3 Modules are based on the latest 6th generation HP Networking silicon boasting higher performance and lower latency, according to HP, plus a two terabit per second backplane offering increased bandwidth to meet the requirements of high-speed wireless connectivity.
HP claimed that the 5400R v3 Modules are ready to support the next wave of high-speed 802.11ac Wave 2 access points thanks to HP Smart Rate technology.
This provides flexible Ethernet port capacity from 1Gbps to 10Gbps with support for the updated Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+) standard, without requiring customers to rip-and-replace an existing cabling system, the firm said.
While the 5400 series has supported software defined networking (SDN) via the OpenFlow protocol from the outset, HP claimed the new 5400R v3 Modules can process 24 times the capacity of rival products, with programmable OpenFlow processing pipelines and 10 Advanced Packet Processor engines with dedicated resources to meet the demands of future SDN applications.
Pricing for the new 5400R v3 Modules ranges from $3,299 (£2,180) to $6,799 (£4,494).
HP also announced enhancements to its HP Network Protector SDN application, which provides dynamic threat protection at the edge of the network and is aimed at customers operating a bring your own device (BYOD) scheme. The application now includes intrusion prevention system as a service, including consistent business level policies across both the wired and wireless networks.
Meanwhile, HP announced a new HP Network Visualiser SDN application to assist administrators with monitoring and troubleshooting tasks. Set to be available from June, this provides detailed real-time visibility of the network and enables support staff to investigate user complaints without having to identify physical location or IP address, according to HP.
HP has support services available now to help customers deploy networks to support a broad range of mobile devices and software defined networking, comprising HP Campus and SDN Services that align with the expertise and availability needs of the customer.
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