Press Release: April 19, 2010

HP Launches Comprehensive Networking Portfolio to Transform Networking Industry

Combined portfolio delivers advanced network fabric featuring twice the performance and energy efficiency as competitive solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today introduced a comprehensive edge-to-core networking portfolio that delivers a superior alternative to the marketplace in terms of technology, energy efficiency and total cost of ownership.


The new HP Networking portfolio combines the best of HP ProCurve and 3Com to provide an advanced network fabric that is up to twice as fast with half the energy use, and at a 65 percent lower total cost of ownership.(1)


HP also announced that its newest internal data center will run completely on HP networking products, further demonstrating the scalability and mission-critical properties of the newly combined networking portfolio.


HP Networking will be led by Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, and is part of the Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking business unit led by David Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager.


The portfolio is a cornerstone of the HP Converged Infrastructure strategy, which eliminates silos of servers, storage and networking to create virtual pools of resources designed to optimally run business services.


“Enterprises are clearly asking for more choice when looking at networking solutions,” said Mark Fabbi, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner Inc. “The combination of increasing expectations for a more agile infrastructure to meet rapidly changing business demands and the more challenging economic climate requires fresh innovation, strong alternatives and a more business-centric approach to network design.”


The HP Networking portfolio allows clients to eliminate redundant equipment by integrating wired and wireless environments with security from the edge to core. To further drive complexity out of client operations, HP delivers “single pane of glass” management to configure, deploy and monitor the network. This enables common policy management, reduces human error and creates a consistent user experience across access mediums.


With the addition of the TippingPoint portfolio, HP has expanded the HP Secure Advantage product family to deliver proactive threat protection. The solution can be quickly implemented and is backed by the world-class network security research teams at TippingPoint DVLabs. This research organization is based in Austin, Texas, and is focused on vulnerability analysis and discovery.


“Clients need a reduction in complexity, more efficiency and greater flexibility in their networking solutions,” said Haas. “HP’s integrated networking portfolio challenges the status quo with more innovative technology that enables convergence across servers, storage and networking, at better economics to help clients deliver the outcomes that matter most to them.”


Open standards, interoperability and no vendor lock-in


HP Networking delivers advanced networking functionality based on the principles of industry standards and multivendor interoperability. HP solutions can be incorporated into existing networks without disruption, bringing new levels of flexibility, security and simplified management to legacy environments.


HP Networking solutions leverage expertise developed over the last 25 years as well as offerings developed through industry collaboration and joint technology integration efforts. This enables clients to take advantage of market-driven innovation and adopt advanced technologies at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.


Addressing specific client needs, meeting global demand


The new portfolio consists of four product families that address specific client requirements from the branch to data center. These solutions are supported by HP Services and sold through HP and 40,000 specialized channel partners.


With more than 5,000 network infrastructure and voice professionals worldwide that hold more than 14,000 certifications, HP provides a full life cycle of Networking Services that bring together technologies from HP and its partners to help organizations manage their networks efficiently and accelerate the business value of technology investments.


The integration of the 3Com portfolio significantly strengthens HP’s position in Latin America as well as China – one of the world’s fastest-growing markets – via the H3C brand of high-performance networking products.


Webcast information


HP plans to host a live webcast to discuss its plans for transforming the networking industry in further detail at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT today.


The discussion will be led by Donatelli and Haas and will include participation from additional HP and 3Com executives.


Register for the event at http://hpbroadband.com/(S(b1llgcq5yzmtqo55fvrsm521))/program.aspx?key=HP041910. A replay will be available on demand at the same website approximately one hour after the meeting ends.


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(1)
“ROI of Switched Ethernet Networking Solutions for the Midmarket,” Randy Perry and Abner Germanow, IDC, August 2009.


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