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Unlocking the full potential of your network!

By John Gray, Data Center Marketing Lead, HP Networking


John GrayRecently I came across a NetworkWorld article that referenced a Cisco configuration guide that detailed “3 steps” for migrating from a Catalyst 6500 to a Nexus 9000/ACI network.


This type of standard migration methodology has been used for years in the IT industry. Without sounding too boastful I should point out that that HP’s IT organization used this type of process four years ago when they migrated away from a Cisco network to a better performing, more reliable and lower cost HP network!


This massive HP Data Center migration story is documented in this case study that details how and why HP successfully consolidated more than 85 of its data centers and hundreds of small sites into six new global facilities located in the United States.


“The existing Cisco-based network couldn’t meet our requirements without a massive re-architecture, major rip-and-replace operation, and further digression into proprietary platforms and protocols.”

– John Lino, distinguished technologist and HP IT Chief Network Architect


In fact, the Cisco to HP migration was so successful that HP built an entire professional services practice around it called HP Trusted Network Transformationthat focuses on an end to end approach to manage the risk of this transformation journey in partnership with customers while maintaining business continuity. My experience is that many customers also use these types significant projects to migrate away from legacy (STP …) and proprietary protocols (PVST/PVST+/IGRP/EIGRP) that have held them hostage and begin embracing open standards based solutions (PBB/SPB, OSPF, BGP, MPLS, VPLS).


Putting aside the technical best practices aspect of an IT migration for a minute – I think the much bigger question customers need to ask is what type of future state are customers putting in place after this type of significant migration?


Are they heading down a “hardware-defined” networking path, predicated on vendor specific designs, continuing to lock themselves into another decade of closed, priority and highly complex/costly architectures?


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Or are they deploying a network that is open, standards-based and poised to take full advantage of Software-defined Networking innovations capable of unlocking the full potential of the network and their business!

The industry is cautioning organizations about the pitfalls associated with getting locked into a vendor-specific architecture requiring the vertical coupling software and hardware (see “Magic Quadrant criticizes Cisco data center architecture”).  Alternatively, organizations have a compelling and open networking alternative with HP - especially those who are looking to simplify their data center network operations and take full advantage of Software-defined Networking.


It appears that Cisco partners and customers aren’t breaking down the doors to embrace the Nexus 9000/ACI solution. It seems as if Cisco needs to offer an aggressive seed program (70% off Nexus 9000)to motivate partners to get cracking. But who can really blame customers for their hesitation after having been whipsawed over the years by Cisco with a myriad of disjointed, costly hardware-centric platform upgrades and architectural starts and stops - (e.g., N7000/FabricPath, N7700/DFA, N9000/ACI … what’s next?).


Maybe customers are simply fed-up with decades of Cisco’s closed hardware-centric mentality – claiming that they are “open” – yet shipping their APIC SDN controller as an appliance – an act that breaches the very foundation of SDN (standards based separation of the control from the forwarding plane).


So how is HP different from the “leading” legacy network provider?

First - HP continues to SDN enable our existing networking installed base with largest portfolio of SDN-optimized switches and routers (50 switches, 10 routers & 30M+ OpenFlow enabled spanning data center, campus, and branch) – insuring that we protect customers’ investments!


Second - HP is shipping production-ready SDN applications today - that solve real business problems e.g., HP Network Protector; Network Optimizer; Virtual Cloud Networking; along with a host of open SDN partner ecosystem applications such as, BlueCat SDN Director, ECODE evolve, F5 BIG DDoS Umbrella, GuardiCore Defense Suite, KEMP Adaptive Load Balancer App, Radware Defense Flow and RealStatus Hyperglance - see more at our HP SDN App Store.


Third - HP continues to embrace and deliver open standard based solutions like our HP Virtual Cloud Networking (VCN) SDN application which is part of HP’s Helion OpenStack® distribution which offers an enhanced Neutron network virtualization service for multi-hypervisor, multi-tenant data centers. You can download the Community edition preview here.


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Finally - if you’re considering migrating away from a closed, legacy networking architecture to an open, next generation networking solution that can unlock the full potential of the network … HP “has been there and already done that” and has the knowledge and experience to help you manage this migration.


Get started today by scheduling an HP Network Transformation Experience Workshop - today!


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