Photo - Raymond Ooi, Country Manager, Networking, HP Malaysia.
According to HP, the industry's first enterprise-class software-defined networking [SDN] open ecosystem, powered by HP SDN Developer Kit and HP SDN App Store will open up new business opportunities for partners, said the technology solutions giant.
HP Malaysia country manager, networking, Raymond Ooi said the new combination provided a simple way for customers to buy and implement network services compared with the months that a typical legacy network rollout usually demands.
Ooi said extensive 'human middleware' and customisation often limited both agility and application deployment. "With SDN the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward," he said, adding that closed proprietary SDN systems could prevent interoperability and restrict the creation of a marketplace.
"HP has created the industry's most comprehensive SDN product portfolio as well as an open SDN ecosystem, which offers an environment for enterprises and partners to rapidly tune the network to their business and application needs," said Ooi. "An open SDN ecosystem and application development platform can unlock innovation as well as enable collaboration."
He said the HP SDN Developer Kit provides developers the essential tools to create, test and validate SDN applications, using HP's SDN infrastructure and full complement of support services. The HP SDN App Store lets customers browse, search, purchase and directly download SDN applications onto their Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, creating a new business model for how network services are purchased and implemented.
Current SDN ecosystem partners registered for the HP SDN Developer Kit include Aastra, Blue Coat Systems, BlueCat, Citrix Systems, Ecode Networks, F5, Infoblox, Infranics, Intel, Microsoft, MIMOS, PwC, Qosmos, Radware, Real Status, Riverbed, RMIT University, ShoreTel Inc., SAP, Tech Mahindra, VMware, Versatile and Websense.
IDC vice president of network infrastructure Rohit Mehra said: "Applications are what will drive SDN technology into mainstream networking prominence. The catch 22 is that to innovate through applications requires a large investment in infrastructure to develop, which becomes prohibitive. The advent of an SDN App Store, together with an SDN Developer Kit, makes this an accessible alternative for developers."
Pricing and availability
HP SDN App Store will be available the first half of 2014
HP SDN Developer Kit will be available in November 2013
HP SDN Developer Support will be available in November 2013. HP SDN Apps Services and Support, and Services and Support for the HP OpenFlow products will be available in the first half of 2014.
SDN Learning Journey curriculum is available now
SDN Certification will be available starting in December 2013
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