HP has unveiled a data centre network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture, claiming that it is enabling business agility for clients by delivering two times greater scalability and 75 per cent less complexity over current network fabrics while 'reducing network provisioning time from months to minutes'.
As companies move to a cloud environment, legacy network architectures are buckling under the pressure for instant access to applications and services that offer a high-quality user experience. Organisations also are struggling with the complexity of current data centre network fabric designs, which require manual device-by-device configurations and limit the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications.
HP is addressing these challenges with a series of software-defined network (SDN) data centre switches that deliver advanced automation capabilities and industry-leading scalability for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Hadoop. The new offerings include the new HP FlexFabric 12900, which the company says is the industry’s first OpenFlow-enabled core switch capable of scaling to meet the demands of increasing virtualised workloads.