Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve Network by HP on Monday pulled the curtain off of a new set of solutions aimed at mobility and convergence, with an in-room connectivity twist that targets road warriors and telecommuters.
According to Carl Blume, ProCurve's manager of solutions and alliances marketing, the new set of converged wired and wireless networking tools give users a way to simply deliver IP-based services while giving ProCurve partners extended reach into the in-room wireless space.
First up is the HP ProCurve MSM317 Access Device. A wall-mounted device a little larger than a deck of cards, the MSM317 integrates an 802.11 b/g wireless access point and a four-port wired Ethernet switch, one of which offers PoE. The device can be installed in a standard wall electrical outlet and centrally managed by any HP ProCurve MultiService Mobility controller.
"It's wired and wireless connectivity wherever you are," Blume said, adding that the MSM317 is ideal for hospitals, hotels and multitenant dwellings.
The MSM317 can connect multiple IP-based devices like VoIP phones, televisions and other equipment, while the embedded access point can extend coverage to mobile devices like laptops and smartphones, Blume said.
In addition, ProCurve also unveiled two new MultiService Mobility controllers to offer centralized control and management of a network of MSM317 devices or any ProCurve wireless access point. The controllers, the MSM760 and MSM765, deliver consistent services anywhere on the network, letting users implement security, roaming and quality-of-service policies. The MSM765 physically integrates into the HP ProCurve 5400 and 8200 Series switches, while the MSM760 is a standalone box. Both can scale from small to large with ProCurve's new software licensing capabilities.
Finally, ProCurve revealed an auto-update capability for the HP ProCurve Mobility Manager 3.0, its management platform that adds new network configuration features, which detect and configure all access points and controllers on the network. Dubbed ProCurve Manager Plus 3.0, the new platform includes Mobility Manager 3.0 and enables users to map, configure and monitor wired and wireless networks in a single view of the entire network.
Blume said the MSM317 access device and the MSM760 and MSM765 controllers are available now. The MSM317 lists for $349, while the MSM760 and MSM765 list for $7,999 and $6,999, respectively.
The solutions, Blume said, can give solution providers new network installation options, allowing them to offer installation, design and implementation services on top of the hardware sales. It also gives traditional networking VARs new in-roads to the hospitality industry, which has a growing need for converged network capabilities.
"This is a whole new category," Blume said.