Light Reading

HP Debuts SDN Management Software, Switches

Mitch Wagner

HP on Monday announced August availability for an SDN application to deploy virtual isolated networks that span both physical and virtual nets. The application is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments.

HP also announced new switches optimized for the software, and services to help companies implement SDN.

The HP Virtual Cloud Networking SDN Application is designed for carriers needing to deploy cloud services to multiple enterprise customers and keep them separate and secure from each other, as well as for enterprises that need to deploy cloud services for individual business units.

The software and new switch are part of HP's broader SDN strategy, which includes SDN-optimized switches and routers, as well as two previous announced apps, Protector and Optimizer, to secure and optimize SDNs, says Kash Shaikh, global marketing leader, HP Networking. The new SDN application runs on top of HP's SDN Controller. (See HP's Building an SDN App Store, HP Beefs Up Its SDN Portfolio)

The new SDN application complements VMware NSX, which provides similar deployment and management capabilities for virtual networks, Shaikh said.

VCN is part of HP Helion OpenStack, which is based on the open source OpenStack with increased scalability up to 1,000 servers and 20,000 virtual machines.

If HP's promise to manage physical and virtual networks together sounds familiar, it may be because Cisco is touting similar capabilities in its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). However, ACI requires the Cisco Nexus switch to run, whereas HP's Virtual Cloud Networking application will run on any OpenFlow enabled switch (although HP, of course, has its own switches as well), Shaikh says.

Cisco CEO and Chairman John Chambers trash-talked HP last month, predicting a "brutal" consolidation among tech industry leaders and pointing to HP as one of the companies not likely to survive. (See Cisco's Chambers Predicts 'Brutal' Tech Consolidation.)

Of course, neither HP's Virtual Cloud Networking application nor Cisco ACI are shipping just yet. So basically HP is saying its non-existent product is better than the competition's non-existent product. I mentioned that to Shaikh; he replied that the HP software is nearly done, and that HP's controller is shipping while Cisco's is not.

FlexFabric Switches
HP's new FlexFabric datacenter 7900 switches support OpenFlow and VXLAN and are optimized for minimum space, power, and cooling requirements. The 7904 has four slots with 12 40GB ports each for a total 48 ports in a 2RU form factor, while the 7910 has 120 ports in a 4RU form factor. The 7900 switch series starts at $55,500, available now.

FlexFabric architecture speeds up the time required to move workloads on VMware vSphere vMotion by up to 80% compared with spanning tree protocols. The FlexFabric is optimized for east-west traffic, rather than north-south, Shaikh says.

HP also introduced new HP Trusted Network Transformation services for customers making the transition to SDN. It is "an end-to-end approach on de-risking the journey for the customer for the actual transformation itself," says Kitty Chow, worldwide portfolio marketing manager, HP Mobility and Networking Technology Services.

Let us pause to admire that phrase, paying particular attention to the words "de-risking the journey."

With the services offering, HP will work with customers on eliminating downtime while changing technologies, putting processes in place in case problems crop up, and changing the corporate culture to take advantage of SDN. When HP implemented SDN in its own data centers, it made the cut-over in less than 48 hours, transitioning 120 live servers with no downtime, Chow says.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to

Want to learn more about SDN and the transport network? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
6/11/2014 | 1:32:13 PM
Re: HP Getting Very Active in NFV and SDN
Nice get on Prodip.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
6/10/2014 | 8:47:49 AM
HP Getting Very Active in NFV and SDN
HP is showing definite signs of making virtualization the centerpiece of a major focus on telecom. Witness their hiring of Prodip Sen, formerly of Verizon and the first chair of the ETSI NFV ISG to be the CTO of HP Network Functions Virtualization. 

Oh, and BTW, Prodip will be in Chicago next week for the ONF Workshop that precedes our Big Telecom Event. He is joining the panel discussion on standards and will, no doubt, have a lot to say about what HP has planned. 


User Rank: Light Sabre
6/9/2014 | 6:42:00 PM
48 hours would be impressive if the before/after details and experiences are known.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
Steve Saunders provides an overview of white box networking and introduces a new "slim line" version of the OSI 7-layer model.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Custom TV
Delivering Service Agility in the Virtualization Era

11|25|15   |   5.41   |   (0) comments

Interview with Massimo Fatato, WW OSS Business Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Wagner’s Ring
How Might Open Source Fail?

11|24|15   |     |   (7) comments

Open source, SDN, and NFV are looking inevitable – but performance, standards proliferation and regulatory capture could derail the movement.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Lifecycle Orchestration – a Fresh Vision for Telco

11|23|15   |   6.40   |   (0) comments

Simon Osborne, CTO Comptel, and Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell reveal the business impacts of new SDN and NFV, and what the term service orchestration actually means. Together they define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and how the virtualized future will look for telecoms operators.
Between the CEOs
Cisco's Virtual Role in Saudi

11|20|15   |   12:15   |   (1) comment

Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Leads With Kubernetes for Cloud PaaS

11|19|15   |   08:26   |   (0) comments

Huawei is looking to Kubernetes as a key tool for building robust open source technologies for customers and partners, said Ying Xiong, chief architect of cloud platform at Huawei, in an interview with Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief Mitch Wagner at the recent Kubecon conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
WiC in London: The Highlight Reel

11|19|15   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
LRTV Documentaries
Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech

11|19|15   |   05:07   |   (0) comments

Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
LRTV Custom TV
Why Data Models Deliver More Value Than Information Models

11|19|15   |   5.08   |   (0) comments

Stefan Vallin argues that more automation is needed to manage end-to-end services and the hybrid networks they run on, and that data models are key to achieving this.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN

11|17|15   |   7.20   |   (0) comments

Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
LRTV Custom TV
Flash Networks: Optimizing for Radio Spectral Efficiency

11|17|15   |   3:34   |   (0) comments

Today most optimization vendors only focus on optimizing voice or data. Ofer Gottfried, Flash Networks' CTO, shows how improving data throughput and maximizing spectral efficiency reduces capital and operating expenses while also providing a platform for user engagement.
LRTV Custom TV
Making Pay-TV User Experiences Millennial-Friendly

11|16|15   |   6:42   |   (0) comments

The unique challenge of reaching and engaging Millennials is driving pay-TV video experience transformation that can include higher quality UIs, viewing of multiple content streams at once and seamless transitions between handheld devices and the television.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

11|16|15   |   1:28   |   (0) comments

Huawei, together with Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, hosted the Huawei Electric Power Summit 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event gathered industry experts and senior executives of global electric power companies to discuss emerging industry trends including: improvements in new energy conversion efficiency, reduction of line losses ...
Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015 reveals how daily online behavior can be used to discover smarter ways to profile customers and propose valuable, real-time offers to them.
Hot Topics
Samsung to Sell Wireless Networking Unit?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
Sprint Undercuts Rivals With Half-Price Offers
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/18/2015
Sprint, Verizon Face Reorganization, Job Cuts
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/20/2015
Sprint to Get $1.2B From New Leasing Venture
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
How Might Open Source Fail?
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/24/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
December 15, 2015
Virtualizing Cable Services
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
Mobily CEO Ahmad Farroukh talks to Steve Saunders about the realities of being a mobile operator in Saudi Arabia.
Cats with Phones
Can't Find the Phone on Thanksgiving? Click Here
Check under the cat! (hint: bottom right)
Live Digital Audio

Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.