HP's Unified Wired, Wireless Networks offer Complete Networking BYOD Solutions

By Joe Rizzo March 08, 2013

In February of this year, Hewlett Packard (HP) announced that it had a new unified solution for wired and wireless networks. This solution would deliver a simple, scalable and secure network that would support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives.

At the same time, it would create incremental revenue opportunities for partners.

HP’s development delivers unified wired and wireless management and switching platforms that create a single network for wired and wireless connectivity. HP expects that by 2016, two thirds of the workforce will own smartphones, making about 40 percent of the workforce mobile.

But today’s legacy infrastructure requires two separate networks and separate management applications for both wired and wireless connectivity. This results in operational complexity.

Additionally, these legacy infrastructures lack scalability to support multiple devices per user, or the security to protect mission-critical information.

Senior vice president and general manager for Networking at HP, Bethany Mayer, said, “Organizations are struggling to deploy BYOD solutions within a complex, legacy infrastructure that spans two separate networks and management applications. HP’s complete unified BYOD solution is the first to solve this issue and combined with HP’s comprehensive training, programs and services will create new, profitable opportunities for partners.”

This solution could conceivably eliminate the need for up to 50 percent of traditional network access devices. This would allow clients to reduce costs by as much as 38 percent, while at the same time simplifying operations. They could deliver an always on user experience by automatically eliminating network downtime with HP Wi-Fi Clear Connect software offered on HP’s WLAN products.

This would easily deploy comprehensive management through plug-and-play integrated BYOD functionality in the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) Smart Connect.

According to the Gartner Group, cloud scalability for mobile applications will be essential as these applications have the largest number of concurrent users. Legacy infrastructures cannot offer the scalability needed to deliver unified access from the data center to the branch network.

In response to this, HP says the new HP BYOD solutions enable clients to double network scalability over legacy infrastructures to:

  • Increase network performance by up to 100 percent, while speeding data transfer by up to 45 percent with the new OpenFlow-enabled HP 2920 Switch Series.
  • Improve network availability and lower costs by up to 54 percent with the HP 10500/7500 Unified Wired-WLAN Module.

The problem is that as more users continue to bring in their own mobile devices to work, there’s a greater exposure to external data and application vulnerabilities. HP’s BYOD solutions alleviate risk to data and applications with automated, real-time threat detection. This is accomplished through the HP Sentinel Security SDN application. Another feature is the HP IMC User Access Manager. It is a single platform that identifies users, applies policies and provides secure access to employee owned devices.

At the same time, it monitors the wellbeing of the network.

HP has developed a variety of services and programs designed to help facilitate revenue opportunities generated by BYOD initiatives for channel partners. HP partners will have access to resources that enable them to speed new revenue opportunities by simplifying the customer network design and validation process to meet BYOD scalability, security and performance needs with HP FlexNetwork Design and Validation Services.

The partners can also establish an ongoing strategic relationship with customers through HP’s Wireless LAN Lifecycle Services. This leverages proven best practices for local area networks (LAN) that achieve highly scalable network connectivity.

This is only part of what HP is offering as their complete, unified BYOD networking solution. It is the right direction. We’ve already seen that a lot of employees are bringing their own tablets to work. Unless a company wants to hire two different staffs to man wired and wireless departments, a unified solution that works is a must.

Edited by Braden Becker

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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