HP has announced new networking products and services based on the HP FlexNetwork architecture that deliver the increased flexibility clients need to keep pace with the demands of globalisation and IT consumerisation.
Legacy network infrastructures typically lack the flexibility required to support virtualised infrastructures, the bandwidth for intensive multimedia applications and the scalability required for the growing number of connected mobile devices.
Introduced at Interop New York, the new HP Networking solutions for virtualisation, multimedia applications and enterprise mobility simplify migration to newer Internet Protocols, the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking standard and virtualised branch services.
HP FlexFabric solutions for the data centre include the new 10GbE HP 5900 top-of-rack switch and the updated HP 12500 switch series, which enables clients to improve the performance of server-to-server traffic by up to 80%.

HP FlexCampus offerings include the new HP 3800 stackable switches, which provide up to 450% higher performance, and a new reference architecture for campus environments that unifies wired and wireless networks to support mobility and high-bandwidth multimedia applications.
An expanded HP FlexBranch portfolio of new virtualised service modules with technology from HP partners VMware and Citrix helps to speed the service delivery of applications to branch offices, while saving 21% in cost.
HP FlexManagement with integrated mobile network access control (NAC) in HP Intelligent Management Centre 5.1 streamlines enterprise access to mobile devices and protects IT infrastructure from mobile threats.
New specialised services facilitate the migration to IPv6 while simplifying the customer transition, ensuring business continuity and minimising business risk.
New low-rate financing program allows US channel partners to affordably acquire HP Networking demonstration equipment with minimal up-front capital investment.
“Enterprises need a simpler networking infrastructure that’s scalable and flexible to keep pace with the dynamic needs of business applications,” says Graham Vorster, country manager, HP Networking, South Africa.
“HP is the only company with a unified approach to networking across the data centre, campus and branch that enables clients to embrace the adoption of video, cloud and rich multimedia applications.”
HP FlexFabric solutions deliver a simplified data centre network fabric that eliminates unnecessary layers of equipment, reduces bottlenecks, and leads to increased performance and greater simplicity in implementing and managing applications on the network.
HP has expanded the HP FlexFabric portfolio with solutions that offer clients:
* Up to 300% greater network scalability with the new HP 5900 top-of-rack series of 10GbE switches. The switch reduces the number of logical devices in the server access layer by 50%, lowering total cost of ownership by 50%. The switch is powered by the HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF), an HP innovation that allows four HP 5900 switches to be virtualised and operate as a single switch.
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Improved network resiliency and performance of the HP 12500 switch series through the addition of the updated HP IRF technology. The  switch  provides full IPv6 support, double the throughput and reduced network recovery time by more than 500 times.
New HP FlexCampus solutions that deliver increased network performance, ease deployment and simplify management of campus environments offer:
* Up to 76% lower latency and 122% higher 10GbE port density with HP 3800 stackable switches. With support for Energy Efficient Ethernet, the HP 3800 reduces power usage by 14% versus competing products.
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Improved performance and resiliency while reducing costs by up to 35% with the HP FlexCampus Reference Architecture, which provides best-practice design for implementing campus networks optimised for video and unified communications.
HP now offers unified management of both virtual and physical environments across heterogeneous networks with HP FlexManagement, the updated HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) 5.1 that now supports 5 786 devices from more than 150 manufacturers and helps protect IT infrastructures from possible threats from mobile devices and mobile-centric applications.
To ease the deployment of network-based services, HP also unveiled virtualised services modules for the HP 5400zl and 8200zl switches, the first in the industry to converge blade servers at the branch into a network infrastructure capable of hosting multiple applications and services.
The HP Advanced Services zl Module with VMware vSphere 5 and HP Advanced Services zl Module with Citrix XenServer platforms deliver 57% lower power consumption and 43% reduction in space versus competing products.