HP unveils enterprise-class SDN open ecosystem
Oct 07, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
HP has unveiled the enterprise-class software-defined networking, or SDN, open ecosystem with the HP SDN Developer Kit, or SDK, and the HP SDN App Store.
The HP SDN Developer Kit provides developers the essential tools to create, test and validate SDN applications, leveraging HP's SDN infrastructure and full complement of support services. The HP SDN App Store lets customers browse, search, purchase and directly download SDN applications onto their Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, creating a new business model for how network services are purchased and implemented.
"With SDN the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward," said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. "HP has created the industry's most comprehensive SDN product portfolio as well as an open SDN ecosystem, which offers an environment for enterprises and partners to rapidly tune the network to their business and application needs."
Current SDN ecosystem partners registered for the HP SDN Developer Kit include Aastra, Blue Coat Systems, BlueCat, Citrix Systems, Ecode Networks, F5, Infoblox, Infranics, Intel, Microsoft, MIMOS, PwC, Qosmos, Radware, Real Status, Riverbed, RMIT University, ShoreTel Inc., SAP, Tech Mahindra, VMware, Versatile and Websense.
The HP SDN Developer Kit provides HP AllianceOne partners, as well as independent software developers, access to the tools necessary to develop, simulate and validate enterprise-grade SDN applications to sell on the HP SDN App Store. These tools enable partners to: quickly develop new applications directly on the HP VAN SDN controller using API documentation, developer guide and sample code; test application functionality and interoperability in a ready-made environment that simulates user conditions, with the SDN simulation suite and HP SDN Virtual Lab; and validate newly created applications to meet HP's enterprise-grade standards through the HP SDN Validation Test.
Alongside these resources on HP.com are SDN developer forums that encourage collaboration including creation of private working groups and support services from HP. HP SDN App Store creates an open marketplace for ecosystem partners to sell SDN applications which customers can deploy on their network with a few simple mouse clicks. The SDN App Store will include applications developed by HP, applications jointly-developed with partners, and partner-certified and community-created applications.
The HP SDN App Store delivers the front- and back-end infrastructure necessary for an online store, avoiding additional investment for ecosystem partners. Every application sold through the HP SDN App Store is approved by HP, ensuring they are enterprise-grade SDN applications. Enterprise customers create a secure, private portal accessible only by employees to download and run the HP VAN SDN controller via their private server environment for customers.
To complement this open SDN ecosystem, HP has added OpenFlow support to 10 new routers in the HP FlexNetwork portfolio, including the HP MSR2000, 3000, 4000 and HP Virtual Services Router (VSR) Series routers. These additions build on the existing OpenFlow enabled portfolio of 50 switches, representing more than 25 million installed ports.
HP Technology Services offers new design, implementation and support services to help build and deploy enterprise SDN solutions that address customer needs for agile, flexible network services that are aligned with their organization. The new offering, combined with HP SDN strategy services, delivers a holistic, pragmatic approach to customers' software-defined networking transformation. New services include: HP SDN Developer Support; HP SDN Apps Services and Support; and Services and Support for HP OpenFlow products.
HP SDN Developer Support offers 24x7 technical phone support and priority knowledge forum response for best practices and troubleshooting for SDN developers. HP SDN APPS SERVICES AND SUPPORT helps customers improve their experience and achieve desired outcomes with applications such as Sentinel and unified communications and collaboration. Services and Support for HP OpenFlow products offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to incorporate OpenFlow enabled products as part of a pragmatic approach to realize the benefits of SDN.
To prepare IT professionals to navigate the changes in skill sets needed to handle the way SDN solutions are changing how networks are built, programmed and managed, the company is introducing an SDN Learning Journey curriculum and SDN Certification, as part of the HP ExpertOne program. The HP SDN Learning Journey curriculum has three defined steps to prepare, engage and deliver SDN solutions. It combines traditional networks with SDN architectures. Through the HP SDN Certification IT architects, managers and application developers are assured they meet HP's strict performance standards for enterprise-grade SDN deployments.
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