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Resiliency and redundancy: key differentiators making the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series revolutionary!

By Marc Gourvenec, Channel Product Marketing, HP Networking


Marc GourvenecWhat type of soccer player would you recruit for your World Cup Team?

An older player nearing the point of retirement struggling with an injury? Or a talented younger player new to the team and eager to and showcase his skills for the global stage? At times it may seem easy to stick with the old player you have seen perform previously, but after a certain point you realize that it’s time for that tired player to hang up his jersey so you can bring the newer talent into the game.


The same can be said when comparing the Cisco Catalyst 4500E to the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series. It is time for the Cisco switch to throw in the towel because there is a new player to the stage, the 5400R—outperforming the player that whose time has come to give up the reins!


Which “player” would you rather have for your network infrastructure? An expensive one at the end of its career? Or the player wearing the HP brand that is revolutionizing the game? A player that offers resiliency, redundancy, and a brand new strategy to perform.


The HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series is the new player to the IT game. This switch is the newest product which will quickly make an impact on the networking market.


So put your Cisco Catalyst 4500E on the bench. It’s time for the Cisco 4500E to retire and make room for the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series—also known as the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Killer.


Resiliency: a key differentiator of the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines resiliency as “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change.”

The 5400R is doing exactly that, adjusting to change. With the rapid shift in business communication in today’s marketplace, the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series allows your business enterprise to grow and adapt accordingly. Communicate with your employees and customers via social media, video collaboration, or on your own personal device seamlessly by integrating the HP FlexCampus Network Solution to your business.

One of the features setting the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series apart from its competitors is the enterprise-class resiliency with hitless failover and power supply redundancy. How does the HP 5400R leverage resiliency and redundancy? With these features:

  • Nonstop switching and routing for improved support of applications such as unified communications and enhanced L3 high availability.
  • The HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series uses the 5th generation HP Networking ASIC and delivers wire-speed classification and policy enforcement. This hardware-based control of access and traffic allows protection, detection, and response to network threats with no network performance degradation.
  • Redundant management, fabric, and power provide enhanced system availability and continuity of operations.
  • Dual management modules for hitless failover and non-stop switching, a dual-fabric module, and superior intelligent power management redundancy (N+N).
  • Hot-swappable modules and optional redundant power supply provides uninterrupted power and allows swapping of modules with no impact on the network availability.

How can the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series be considered revolutionary?

The 5400R is not only the first but it is also the only switch on the market that delivers this kind of performance, 3X faster—as compared to the Cisco 4507+E yet—with a 60% lower latency. The HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series can deliver savings up to 43% over the Cisco 4507+E. This switch is designed to meet the needs of any-size business with an optimized architecture that delivers a much lower TCO than the competition.


Future-proofing your campus network through SDN capability with support for OpenFlow 1.3, the HP 5400R zl2 Switch Series is the obvious choice if you are looking to upgrade your network infrastructure.


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