HP Networking Bulks Up Branch Office, Security Offerings

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HP Networking on Tuesday made a number of updates to its converged infrastructure portfolio, including a solution set for better connectivity and service options for remote offices with limited on-site IT staffs.

That offering, the HP Branch Office Networking Solution, includes a new switch series, the 5400zl, which can integrate with a number of third-party applications from vendors in HP's AllianceONE partner network, including Avaya's Aura Session Border Controller, Citrix's Netscaler VPX, Microsoft's Lync, NetScout's nGenius Integrated Agent and Riverbed Steelhead RiOS.

The 5400zl specifically extends HP converged infrastructure functions, including LAN, WAN, wireless, unified communications, VoIP and network security, out to the branch locations. It's managed through a single-pane-of-glass interface that also troubleshoots issues with the HP partner applications.

"The real problem with all of these partner applications is that when there's a problem, there's always a party that says 'it's not my part of the system,.'" said Jay Mellman, senior director, product and solution marketing, HP Networking, in an interview with CRN. "Well, we're trying to assume responsibility and say, we'll be the ones to fix that, so that channel partners have one place to go."

Converged Infrastructure, announced a little less than a year ago, is HP's strategy for cohesively managing all of a data center's server, storage and network components. HP has been updating the strategy with new products, services and alliances throughout the past year, hoping, among other things, to offer more comprehensive HP-led data center and networking options for VARs.


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