HP Networking in a Global Marketplace

Bethany Mayer is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networking.

As the fabric of contemporary business, networking connects employees, customers and partners to all the applications they need for everyday business. Networking is at a major inflection point, as legacy datacenter networks have reached a breaking point. Traditional technologies are no longer viable to address the demands driven by emerging trends in Cloud, Big Data and Virtualization.

A paradigm shift is needed—one that reduces network complexity while improving overall performance, scalability, and agility.

HP Networking is poised to lead this shift.

Our vision centers on simplifying every aspect of network operations through new, modern technologies.  We’ve designed our data center networking solutions for the future – scalable, automated and less complex.  For example, our FlexNetwork architecture is the first to provide consistency across the data center, campus and branch for greatly simplified network management.

At the 2013 Interop conference, we showcased a new data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture with twice the scalability and 75 percent less complexity compared to current network fabrics. HP’s new FlexFabric technologies span routers, switches and software innovations, with new complementary services to help clients transform, operate and evolve their network fabric.

Our innovation has driven financial and market success for HP Networking, as reflected in our numbers:

  • 14 consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth
  • No. 1 market position in smart managed switches
  • No. 1 network vendor in China
  • No. 2 network vendor globally

We also are addressing the issue of network complexity with cutting-edge solutions in software-defined networking (SDN).

SDN takes a more flexible approach that separates the underlying network infrastructure from the applications.  Compared to traditional networking solutions, SDNs allow companies to more quickly and easily develop new applications that can be centrally managed. Together with software-defined storage and a new category of software-defined servers, HP is forging new ground in software-defined data centers that represent a new style of IT.

HP also has built its networking architecture on new, modern technologies based on HP unique innovation.  We also fully support open standards for SDN such as OpenFlow, open source software that makes routers and switches programmable and more flexible.  Today, HP Networking already has more than 40 switching platforms, with more than 20 million ports, that natively support OpenFlow.

The growing trend of mobility poses another challenge for enterprise networks. Industry analyst firm IDC forecasts that approximately 4.5 billion personal devices will be on the network by 2015.1 To address this, HP recently launched unified wired and wireless products to enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions. These solutions allow companies to easily accommodate smart phones, tablets and other personal devices on internal networks, with monitoring and security features that protect the network from risk.

Networking is undergoing the biggest technology shift in its history, and HP is at the forefront with innovation that is changing the industry.  Be sure to check back with HP Next throughout the year for updates on our expanding HP Networking portfolio.  


1 IDC The Empowered IT User: How Individuals Are Using Technology and Redefining IT, doc #DR2012_GS4_DL, March 2012.