Hewlett-Packard, a globally recognised brand for innovation, products and services. Early 2007, as the networking industry leaps in to the virtualisation era, HP became the first one to get commercially engaged in the OpenFlow research and development, gaining the lead against the peers. Conscious of the customers needs, the company seeks to provide solutions tailored to needs and has begun its journey of Cloud and Software Defined Networking (SDN). Over the years, HP has proven its grounds by delivering scalable OpenFlow switches, VAN SDN controller and SDN applications. HP’s urge for SDN innovation has lead to the birth of an SDN partner ecosystem, by integrating the value propositions from other partners.
A true SDN vision can only be delivered by incorporating an ecosystem of the best vendors, single vendor approach will kill SDN. Following the similar vision, HP has launched the SDN alliances partner program, helping small and large application developers to capitalise the wealth of HP’s experience. Ecode Networks, an independent SDN software vendor, is proud to be a part of HP’s SDN ecosystem.
Being a founder member of ONF and contributing member of Open Day Light, HP has contributed a lot in the open-source community. HP’s focus to deliver commercially ready SDN can be realised from the speed they are innovating at infrastructure and application layer. IDC predicts that SDN market will reach $3.7 billion by 2016; nearly $670 million will come from SDN applications; and HP is certainly leading this game.
Recently during InterOP and HP-Discover in Las Vegas, HP has showcased its SDN App Store, a unique way of commercialising SDN applications. Each of these applications solves the problems of traditional networking in a specific SDN fashion. Unlike any other SDN vendors, HP’s approach to SDN app store is to enable commercial and enterprise ready applications.
HP develops some of these Apps and ISVs like Ecode Networks also delivers networking applications such as SDN Orchestrator (evolve) for HP’s SDN platform. HP being a visionary in the SDN believed in the power of orchestration and gave a serious thought to Ecode’s vision and capabilities. Software Defined Networking being a new technology, protocols for standardization were required and the collaboration between HP, Ecode Networks responded to the call. The value lies in building a platform together, one that enterprises can trust to solve the issues traditional networks have faced.
Together, we have built a platform compatible with OpenFlow protocol, simplifying network delivery, through three-tier architecture SDN. Evolve coupled with HP VAN Controller enhances end-user’s SDN experience, delivering its values. One can now dynamically provision and manage the infrastructure with an on-demand and agile service provisioning.
More productivity, more flexibility, more reactivity and centralized control for simplicity, this all can be possible, but it comes with a cost of disruption, the disruption of BOX-type mind-set. This traditional approach is making the networking complex and harder on a day-to-day basis.
The question is NOT “Are we ready for the SDN disruption?” the question is “Have we not suffered enough from the complexity of traditional networking, to make this change?”