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HP's new SDN App Store and Developer Kit underscore HP's commitment to building out an ecosystem of partners and technology that embrace an open and collaborative approach toward SDN, HP's Mayer said, adding that Cisco hasn't taken this same open approach.
"We are very open standards based," Mayer said. "'Open' will not be a word [Cisco] uses a lot. But, open standards is really how we base our strategy and how we are going to build this ecosystem and have, in fact, already built this ecosystem."
Cisco did not immediately respond to CRN's request for comment.
Mayer also noted that HP is adding support for OpenFlow -- the open standards-based switching protocol -- for 10 more routers in the HP FlexNetwork portfolio, including the MSR2000, 3000, 4000 and HP Virtual Services Router (VSR) Series routers. HP had previously committed to adding OpenFlow support to its entire HP Networking line by the end of the year, and Mayer said the company is on track to meet that goal.
HP also announced Monday its SDN Learning Journey program, a set of training initiatives for both IT professionals and partners aimed at helping them learn how SDN solutions are reshaping the way networks are built, programmed and managed. The SDN Learning Journey initiative is part of HP's broader ExpertOne program.
For channel partners, Mayer said HP is now offering an SDN roadshow with a similar training curriculum, along with SDN-specific partner certifications.