Hewlett-Packard already offers an SDN controller, and a portfolio of SDN-focused switches. But the company put a unique spin on its SDN lineup in September with the introduction of the HP SDN App Store.
Set to launch next year and accessed through HP's Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller, the App Store provides a platform for HP technology and channel partners to host and sell their own homegrown SDN applications. HP said technology partners including VMware, Microsoft, ShoreTel and SAP already have apps in the works. HP also is offering an application development kit and training materials for channel
HP said it expects applications in the store to cover a range of SDN-related functions, including WAN bursting, network virtualization, distributed firewall and load balancing.