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Meet the HP Superdome servers

  1. 1. HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture™: A Competitive Perspective Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 2 Enterprise networking needs.................................................................................................................. 2 Where today’s competitive solutions fall short ......................................................................................... 3 Reduced Complexity......................................................................................................................... 4 Security........................................................................................................................................... 4 Reliability ........................................................................................................................................ 5 Flexibility ........................................................................................................................................ 5 Why HP ProCurve Networking? ............................................................................................................ 6 HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture vs. the Competition................................................. 7 HP ProCurve: a superior return on IT ...................................................................................................... 8 Summary ............................................................................................................................................ 9 For more information.......................................................................................................................... 10
  2. 2. Introduction The daily edition of The New York Times contains more information than your grandfather encountered in a ten-year period, according to Richard Saul Wurman, author of Information Anxiety. Wurman also notes that the current information supply doubles every five years.1 In addition, Wurman observes that the convergence of voice, video and data — from both an application and a network perspective — combined with the global reach of the Internet, continually fuel the growth of the volumes of information an enterprise can obtain and utilize for growth, enhanced business performance, and competitive advantage.2 While providing ample business opportunity, this explosion of information and a rapidly expanding mobile society create new concerns and push the limits of enterprise networks. The evolution of networking requirements bring up a multitude of new questions and concerns that network managers should consider, including: • How will my enterprise network handle this enormous volume of data and the rapid innovations in digital technology? • Is my network engineered so users can access information whenever and wherever they need it? • Can I control access and provide only the appropriate resources and applications each user needs to accomplish their job? • Is my network vendor overloading my infrastructure with features that I do not require or use? Conversely, is my networking vendor keeping up with market innovations? • How can I control the acquisition cost of new equipment and the ongoing cost of supporting my existing infrastructure, without having to settle for second-rate equipment? As information and resources become increasingly more public, converged and mobile, enterprises must understand and support new security methods, advanced applications, and new connection management solutions for their existing local area networks (LANs). Doing so will enable them to address the above questions, prepare their infrastructure for the future, and better manage technology costs. Advanced communications technologies and next-generation applications that promise greater business intelligence are available to capitalize on the opportunities – and overcome the challenges – presented by today’s wealth of information. Although these new applications can make users more efficient, they are difficult to deploy, and can increase network complexity and drive up costs. Therefore, how do enterprises capitalize on these new technologies to improve security, mobility and support for multiple traffic types, while reducing complexity and costs? This paper compares how HP ProCurve Networking addresses enterprise customers’ infrastructure challenges in the key areas of, security, reliability, flexibility, reduced complexity and return on information technology (RoIT). In addition, this paper also documents how competitors fail to address these very same issues. Enterprise networking needs With data volumes increasing, technologies becoming more complex, and new constituencies – employees, partners, and customers – requiring varying levels of access and service, a comprehensive and integrated enterprise network is necessary. Without it, companies cannot adequately improve their present operations or prepare for future technology and business evolutions. 1 Richard Saul Wurman, Information Anxiety (New York: Doubleday, 1989), (p. 32) 2 Saul, Information Anxiety, (p. 32) 2
  3. 3. HP ProCurve Networking has pioneered an architectural approach that is to push intelligence to the edge of the network where the user connects, to enable command from the center, with control to the edge. With intelligence at the edge, security is enhanced, traffic prioritization is improved, and users can connect anytime, anywhere with a singular view of the network. With command from the center, companies will be able to create centralized control of network configuration, making it easier to implement new applications and support new traffic types across the enterprise. Ultimately, this strategy provides companies with a network infrastructure that is flexible, and addresses the changing enterprise landscape in a cost-effective manner. Essentially, enterprises need a unified, holistic network architecture that provides a technological foundation for current and future business requirements. This network must meet the needs of evolving enterprises and address trends like security, mobility and convergence for the following reasons: • As the enterprise network transforms into a public network for employees, partners, and customers, network security becomes more critical. • The network is transitioning into an anytime, anywhere resource that must support secure mobility across a range of transports, both wired and wireless, inside and outside the office. • Singular, multi-service networks that support a broad range of applications and traffic types are replacing today’s multiple, specialized infrastructures. Where today’s competitive solutions fall short Companies have many choices to make. In today’s business world, IT departments need to protect assets, increase productivity, and simplify communications, all while reducing costs. As such, enterprises are seeking to understand and anticipate the trends — such as security, mobility and convergence — that are shaping the enterprise networking industry, so they can maximize current technologies and plan for future innovations. Enterprise networking vendors must keep pace with the market and offer products and solutions that meet real business needs. Networking equipment vendors have attempted two different tactics to address customer concerns without addressing the root issues. The first is to develop a rigid set of design rules and product requirements to “enforce” a one-dimensional network design. For example, design rules and product features are sufficient to supply quality of service (QoS) for voice applications, but commonly are too rigid and largely inadequate to address mobility or security at the same time. These one-dimensional approaches are limited in reach, create additional network complexity, and restrict an enterprise’s ability to choose best-in-class products and ultimately act as a lock-in for a vendor’s proprietary architecture. Another strategy for addressing these advanced applications is to take so-called “high-end” or “core” products and reposition them into relatively focused roles at the edge of the customer’s network. These high-end products are costly to buy and support, overly complex due to the dramatically different role they were designed to play and fundamentally inappropriate to address the access level roles at the edge of the network. Today’s enterprise networks require solutions based on a unified, holistic architecture that provides reduced complexity, security, reliability and flexibility. HP ProCurve Networking edge products are designed from the ground up to play this unique role. There are no other products in the industry that can match their performance, flexibility, features and affordability at the edge of the network. 3
  4. 4. Reduced Complexity Creating solutions that reduce complexities and are easy to use is necessary in today’s network environment. With an overabundance of complexity, users can never take full advantage of network resources and services, and enterprises can never take full advantage of their information assets. Additionally, complex systems are costly to deploy. The pressure is on to provide users with applications and resources powerful enough to handle secure, distributed applications while providing management and configuration tools that simplify execution and implementation of the complex functionality. Many solutions, such as those from Cisco, are notoriously complex and difficult to configure and operate. A recent CRN survey showed solution providers ranked Cisco’s Catalyst switches and routers low in the technical area of ease-of-implementation – whereas HP garnered the highest rating. Cisco Senior Vice President Charles Giancarlo validated the results. "It (the survey) does highlight an area where we need to improve,” Giancarlo said. “Our products inherently have more complexity, but we will continue to strive to make them easier to deploy."3 While next-generation applications and services help users to be more efficient, they often make networks more difficult to deploy, maintain and proactively manage. Decisions about network access, traffic prioritization, traffic flows, and bandwidth optimization are more effective and efficient when controlled at the edge of the network. As new applications with robust feature sets become pervasive, more functionality must move to the edge of the network to effectively support users, while making efficient use of the overall network resources. Whereas control must be established at the edge and maintained across the network, network policy and management should remain centrally managed. Security Due to the pervasiveness of the Internet, enterprise networks are no longer considered purely internal resources. Increasingly, LANs are becoming open to new types of users – employees, partners, customers – and traffic types – voice, video, and data. Although this trend provides opportunities for enhanced business relationships and new efficiencies, it also creates new vulnerabilities for network security. Therefore, increasing network security – while still improving network access and user productivity – continues to be an important requirement for both IT and business management. Yet security is still an issue for many networking vendors. Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) is one solution for increasing the security of physical and logical accesses to an enterprise network that is built on the IEEE 802.1X standard. While these services offer an adequate level of security, they are expensive and extremely complex. More importantly, IBNS is disconnected from Cisco’s other security solution, AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data). This represents two competing security solutions from a single vendor, which is not only confusing for network managers, but can result in conflicting security requirements. 3Com Corporation has the alternate problem of not having a fully defined security approach. The company has embarked on a joint venture with Huawei Technologies to sell the China-based manufacturer’s LAN core switches and routers in the U.S. How Huawei’s switches and routers will reconcile with 3Com’s other network solutions – and what the resulting effect will be on network security – remains to be seen. It is no longer adequate to have exclusively centralized host-based security, Internet firewalls and intrusion detection. In today’s unpredictable business climate, enterprises must have a security strategy that includes detection and enforcement at every point of network access, for all user types. This means providing intelligent access services at the edge of the network where users connect – whether it is via a switch in a wiring closet or a wireless access point. 3 Larry Hooper, “Channel Super Search” (CRN, March 10, 2003), (http://crn.channelsupersearch.com/news/crn/40382.asp). 4
  5. 5. Network and policy management, however, remain centrally managed for crucial control. Not only does network-based access control ensure secure, quick and appropriate access for authorized users to only the services they need, but it also stops unauthorized users from connecting to the network. Reliability If an enterprise network goes down – even temporarily – the effects can ripple throughout an organization and disrupt remote access, Web site performance, employee productivity, and customer service for hours, or even days. In many cases, the results can be very damaging, and in mission- critical environments, possibly catastrophic. Therefore, reliability is of utmost concern to network managers. Not all solutions are up to the challenge. 3Com’s response to the reliability challenge is eXpandable Resilient Networking (XRN), which allows customers to implement a proprietary Ethernet core and aggregation backbone by linking two 3Com switches into a distributed fabric. XRN works only with a subset of 3Com’s product offerings, and it is not possible to build an XRN stack that combines switches from 3Com and other vendors. For these reasons, XRN is extremely limited. It is merely a feature – not an enterprise-wide architecture. XRN reliability is not pervasive or consistent throughout the enterprise. In addition, XRN does nothing to address the fundamental customer need of managing different traffic types and users at the edge of the network. Today’s enterprise customers need fault-tolerant designs, the highest levels of product integration, and hot-swappable components. Flexibility As technologies evolve and new solutions become available, enterprise customers need a unified, holistic infrastructure that provides maximum flexibility for future network improvements. Many LAN vendors have acknowledged the changing networking environment, and most provide some type of enterprise network architecture. However, only two offer enterprise-wide architectures that address the complex customer requirements in today’s new environment: HP ProCurve Networking and Cisco. Cisco AVVID provides an enterprise foundation for emerging technologies such as Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, and storage based on proprietary solutions and many pre-standard technologies. Although AVVID has gained significant market traction, Cisco customers should be aware of the forklift upgrades that may be required as technology standards evolve. Many of the key technological components of AVVID are proprietary, including their Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) implementations. Industry analyst firm Gartner Group predicts that despite Cisco's campaign to migrate to an open, IP- based voice world, the company is attempting to drive its installed base toward its own voice solutions by using Cisco-specific features in its infrastructure solutions. This helps explain why Cisco’s CallManager only works with Cisco IP phones.4 A truly networked world must communicate cross-platform and cross-product. Solutions that are interoperable and based on industry-standard components are a must. 4 Gartner Group Vendor Ratings Web site, http://www4.gartner.com/1_researchanalysis/vendor_rating/vr_cisco.jsp. 5
  6. 6. Why HP ProCurve Networking? HP ProCurve Networking is the only networking vendor that has designed networking infrastructure solutions that focus on and affordably deliver an integrated approach to a secure, mobile, converged network, all while providing: • Secure, risk-free mobility for both wired and wireless users • Affordable, multi-service convergence • Security across the network from both internal and external threats • Compelling return on IT investments In addition, HP ProCurve Networking is the only networking vendor that has designed a powerful switch, the HP ProCurve Switch 5300xl Series (See Figure 1), specifically for the network edge. As a result, HP ProCurve is the only vendor that can affordably deliver command from the center, with control to the edge. Figure 1. HP ProCurve Switch 5300xl Series HP ProCurve is the only vendor that can affordably deliver command from the center, with control to the edge Why HP ProCurve Networking: Comprehensive solutions, products and services An unwavering value proposition that has been the consistent foundation for our business strategy History of networking leadership and proven success: – 25 years of ongoing investments in networking products and technologies – Continuous industry-leading growth in Layer 3 for 2003 to date – Customer success across a range of business and industry-specific solutions 6
  7. 7. HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture vs. the Competition The future of networking must include intelligence at the edge of the network, with command from the center. Enterprises need a network infrastructure that not only increases flexibility, but also addresses security, mobility and convergence in a cost-effective manner. Enter HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture™ – an enterprise-wide framework that addresses the complex customer requirements present in today’s business environment (See Figure 2). The Adaptive EDGE Architecture is the superior infrastructure for: • Reducing complexity • Enforcing security • Ensuring reliability • Enabling flexibility Figure 2. HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture Messaging Creating solutions that reduce complexities and are easy to use is a core component of the HP ProCurve strategy. Quality is never compromised. With industry-leading simplicity, customers deploying HP ProCurve solutions do not require custom network designs and expensive consulting contracts. Also, with HP ProCurve solutions, network managers can work smarter because they have greater visibility at the network edge, and can focus their attention on deploying next-generation applications more quickly. HP ProCurve networking solutions have several layers of built-in security. The company has heavily invested in ensuring HP products comply with the newest and most stringent standards. In fact, HP leads the establishment of many of these standards, such as 802.1X. Based on the Adaptive EDGE Architecture, HP ProCurve security solutions enable the creation of intelligence throughout the enterprise network to the edge where the user connects. This approach 7
  8. 8. enables enterprises to mitigate risks more effectively as they protect their digital assets. Furthermore, it allows cost-effective partitioning of the network to create zones of similar users with similar access needs. HP ProCurve Networking solutions are highly reliable. The reliability is based on the legendary HP quality customers have come to expect, and includes fault-tolerant designs, high levels of integration, hot-swappable components, and a free lifetime warranty. With a highly reliable infrastructure, enterprises can avoid costly and potentially detrimental downtime, improve internal performance, and enhance external service levels. HP ProCurve provides customers with maximum flexibility. HP ProCurve enables interoperability by supporting and driving open industry standard and addressing customers’ business needs with an integrated approach to secure, mobile and converged networks. The Adaptive EDGE Architecture provides a foundation for today’s and tomorrow’s applications that simplifies convergence deployments, and as a result, makes communications more efficient for users. HP recognizes that security, mobility and convergence are interdependent forces, and HP ProCurve takes it a step further by helping customers to address these network forces simultaneously. Being a holistic, non-proprietary architecture that does not require expensive service agreements, HP ProCurve eliminates the cycle of continual network redesigns to keep up with changing business needs and emerging applications. And since the architecture is based on industry standards, customers can be confident their infrastructure will grow across all areas of their business, including client devices, and applications. As a company, HP has built its business on interoperability, and supports cross-compatible, open industry standards to protect its customers’ investments. HP ProCurve is committed to continuously updating their products as new standards become final and available to implement. This strategy is focused on the customer’s future, enabling easy network scalability for increased performance and functionality. The HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture is designed to meet the needs of the next- generation network, today and tomorrow. HP ProCurve: a superior return on IT The technological benefits of the HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture are obvious, but the business benefits are equally impressive. HP provides its customers with maximum return on their IT investment (RoIT). RoIT brings a long-term focus to technology decision-making. Protecting investments means enterprises leverage and maximize existing technology solutions. This can only happen if the level of overall IT complexity is reduced and an enterprise-wide infrastructure implemented. RoIT includes: • Low total cost of ownership • Improved productivity • Better manageability • Better interoperability • Reduced complexity • Improved reliability and security HP ProCurve delivers RoIT through its products, people, services, and partners – and is poised to successfully deliver on customer needs. 8
  9. 9. For example, HP ProCurve has invested significantly in upgrading the HP ProCurve Switch 5300xl series with robust security, mobility and convergence features. This increased functionality is provided to customers via software downloads available on the web, and does not require any new hardware. The company also introduced the HP ProCurve Secure Access 700wl series to grant secure, appropriate user access; guarantee privacy of wireless traffic; provide flexible, secure user authentication; support secure roaming with application stability; and safeguard network integrity. By comparison, Cisco has stuck with prices that are often 50 percent higher than its competitors, banking solely on brand loyalty.5 The Gartner Group also states that, “if you choose Cisco by default, you risk paying too much.”6 Summary Information assets are the fuel of today’s business world. With the large volume of corporate data freely flowing inside and out of enterprises, networks have become the engines for connecting businesses globally. Therefore, the smart application of technology increasingly will determine the winners and losers. Customer requirements are no longer geared toward the latest “killer application” or the hottest piece of technology. Enterprises are focused on something much more fundamental. That is: How do I get real value and a better return on my technology investment? How do I make sure that I can live with not only the initial costs, but also the ongoing costs of owning and operating my infrastructure? Do I have freedom with – and control of – my technology investment, now and in the future? HP ProCurve Networking can answer these questions confidently. By reducing complexity, improving security, ensuring reliability, and providing future flexibility, HP ProCurve offers a superior infrastructure with a long-term focus on RoIT. 5 Scott Lanman, “Cisco charges more…,” (Bloomberg News, February 5, 2003). 6 Gartner Group Vendor Ratings Website, http://www4.gartner.com/1_researchanalysis/vendor_rating/vr_cisco.jsp. 9
  10. 10. For more information To learn more about HP ProCurve Networking solutions, contact your local HP sales representative or visit the company’s Web site at: www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve. © 2003 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. 5982-1500EN, 09/2003

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