- A new virtual switch, the 5900V, which is based on HP's 5900 top-of-rack switch
- The intelligent resilient fabric, which links two switches at different tiers of the network -- a core switch and an access switch, for instance -- so they can operate as one logical switch
- HP's first management app for software-defined networking (SDN), running on HP's Intelligent Managment Center (IMC; the term for the company's network management software). The app can automate the OpenFlow-based configuring of a switch, and it can be used to monitor the control layer. This lets the operator know when there's a failure, or when it's time to add more OpenFlow controllers.
HP was an early devotee of OpenFlow, as the company put OpenFlow support on all of its switches. But it's going to take more than that to get attention in an SDN-happy world, so HP is now trying to show it can go head-to-head against Cisco in the data center. The switching market is becoming highly competitive in terms of system stats, although of course, it will take time to see if HP and other competitors can have any effect in terms of market share. In the meantime, let the trash-talking continue: "It's almost as though Cisco's been asleep at the switch [pun intended, we think] when it comes to the business that made the company," says Mike Banic, HP's vice president of global marketing. For more Light Reading