Press Release:

HP Boosts High-performance Networking Switch Series for Enterprises

New Procurve Modules for 9300 Routing Switches Offer Industry-leading Port Density, Advanced Traffic Accounting and 10-Gigabit Ethernet Performance

HP (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced seven high-performance networking modules for the HP Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series that provide industry-leading Gigabit port density, wire-speed network traffic accounting and 10-Gigabit Ethernet bandwidth for enterprise networks worldwide.

Equipped with these modules, the HP Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series helps enterprise customers resolve their performance, security, network traffic management and capacity needs. Together, the switch series offers a high-performance yet affordable solution for the ever-increasing bandwidth and port density needs of enterprise customers and the ability to improve their business' revenue generation with improved network traffic accounting.

"HP continues to find more and more customers who are looking to Procurve networking products to provide long-term solutions for their evolving network applications," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, HP Procurve Networking Business. "We have found that network managers are increasingly interested in networking solutions with dramatically lower cost of ownership from a supplier with a high degree of longevity."

HP's new Enhanced Performance (EP) technology-based modules provide the highest Gigabit port densities available in both fiber and copper deployments and the support of jumbo frames on Gigabit and 10-Gigabit ports for high-performance remote backup and disaster recovery services.

The new EP-based modules also provide sFlow traffic accounting technology. Based on HP's Extended RMON sampling technology, sFlow traffic accounting is built into the new EP ASIC hardware, enabling on-demand wire-speed network traffic management, capacity planning, QoS (quality of service) analysis and security analysis.

The HP Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series also allows separate, secure, private and public domains within the same infrastructure. This ensures control at the core as well as the ability to manage bandwidth allocations on each domain and to track usage to individuals.

HP's new 10-Gigabit Ethernet solution for the Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series continues to increase bandwidth and capacity requirements for enterprise backbone solutions.

"Our new 10-Gigabit backbone campus core solution, based on the HP Procurve Routing Switch and the new 10-Gigabit, 10-km module, will allow us to do things we couldn't have dreamed of before, and do so knowing HP's Procurve technology will provide the reliability our users depend on," said Thomas White-Hassler, dean of Information Resources and Technology, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Conn. "We are delighted to be one of the first customers to design and deploy an HP Procurve 10-Gigabit backbone campus solution. We know that our new network will meet our immediate needs and provide capacity for future growth with a lower total cost of ownership than other solutions."

The increase in per-port bandwidth and backbone throughput provided by HP's 10-Gigabit Ethernet solution can be efficiently used to consolidate links in the data center. In addition, up to four 10-Gigabit links can be trunked, increasing fault tolerance while providing the ability to create up to a 40-Gigabit pipe between several 9300m switches' chassis with a single deployment.

HP's new T-Flow Redundant Management module for the Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series includes all of the benefits of sFlow found in the new EP-based technology, while also providing interoperability with NetFlow-based traffic accounting systems and additional on-board processing power. Providing a robust traffic management solution compatible with both sFlow and NetFlow accounting technologies makes the HP Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series an attractive choice for today's heterogeneous enterprise network environments, where robust traffic monitoring and accounting are a paramount concern.

Price and Availability(1)

The new modules for the HP Routing Switch 9300m series include:

EP 8-port Mini-GBIC Redundant Management module (J4885A)$15,879
EP 16-port Mini-GBIC module (J4894A)$20,239
EP 16-port 100/1000-T module (J4895A)$16,479
EP 48-port 10/100-TX Telco (RJ-21) module (J4889A)$13,279
EP 48-port 10/100-TX RJ-45 module (J4881A)$11,979
10 Gb 10 km module (J4891A)$71,429
T-Flow Management module (J4879A)$41,669

All modules are available as of Oct. 1.

The HP Procurve Routing Switch 9300m series comes with no charge lifetime software upgrades and phone support plus a 1-year hardware warranty with optional extensions available.

More information about the HP Procurve product line is available at

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