HP supports multi-tech partnerships

The world's biggest IT firm, HP, has strongly supported establishing partnerships with other major technology companies to deliver open-standards choices.

HP says that such an approach "delivers business value by increasing the efficiency of network applications".

This partnership philosophy was outlined as HP ProCurve today announced the expansion of its Adaptive Networks vision by announcing two initiatives to address rapidly changing enterprise data center needs and improve the efficiency of network applications.

As part of the HP Technology Solutions Group, HP ProCurve is an organisation promoting best-in-class solutions, products and services for wired and wireless networks. Adaptive Networks is HP ProCurve's vision for networks to be able to adapt to users, applications and an organization's needs.

HP ProCurve unveiled data center switches and management software designed to help lower costs, mitigate risks and drive business growth.

They said "the HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (HP ProCurve ONE) is a multi-vendor alliance program that optimizes the performance of enterprise-class applications with HP ProCurve infrastructure. Participating in the program are technology leaders such as Microsoft, Avaya, McAfee, F5 and Riverbed".

Combining technology approach

"To help customers address the increased pace of change within their businesses, HP ProCurve is combining its own technology with some of the most innovative, respected and visionary companies in the world," said Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, HP ProCurve.

Using HP ProCurve's open networks platform as its foundation, HP ProCurve ONE allows customers to securely integrate a wide choice of best-in-class network applications and services from alliance partners that integrate directly with HP ProCurve infrastructure.

"Through our strategic alliance with HP and the ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem, we'll deliver fully integrated IP networking and unified communications solutions and services with significant benefits for businesses and organizations," said Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president, Global Communications Solutions, Avaya.

"F5 is very pleased to be chosen as a strategic launch partner for the ProCurve ONE program and align much more closely with HP. We bring our deep expertise of the enterprise data center and market-leading application delivery networking solutions that give customers the flexibility to deploy solutions that scale and adapt on demand," said Dan Matte, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, F5.

"We're excited about becoming a member of the HP ProCurve ONE alliance program and the opportunity to collaborate with HP ProCurve in building data center solutions that combine McAfee's industry-leading network security products with HP ProCurve's new family of data center switching products," said Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager, Network Security Business Unit, McAfee.

Comprehensive membership

In addition to Microsoft, Avaya, McAfee, F5 and Riverbed, six technology companies -- Aastra, AirTight Networks, Ekahau, InMon, .vantronix and VBrick -- are members of HP ProCurve ONE and providing applications for the HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module.

HP ProCurve's first dedicated data center solutions align with the HP Adaptive Infrastructure initiative, which, they say, "delivers greater agility by lowering costs, accelerating business growth and mitigating risk".

The new HP ProCurve Data Center Connection Manager is designed to streamline operations in next-generation data centers. This software enables automated provisioning of server and network resources in virtualized and traditional environments to help reduce operating expenses.

This story, "HP supports multi-tech partnerships" was originally published by CIO.

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