HP expands networking portfolio

HP expanded its networking portfolio with new offerings that include the HP ProCurve 6120 series designed to leverage the HP BladeSystem infrastructure and an expansion of the HP ProCurve 8200 and 5400 Ethernet switch portfolio. Also included in the announcement is a firmware upgrade to HP Virtual Connect that allows users to change bandwidth on the fly to respond to fluctuations in application requirements.

HP ProCurve is offering two new standards-based blade switches:

  • To reduce complexity and deliver investment protection, the 10Gb HP ProCurve 6120XG Blade Switch delivers automated network connection management and provisioning and is Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) ready, enabling integration of Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks in the future
  • To simplify the transition from 1Gb to 10Gb, the switch seamlessly integrates a mix of legacy network equipment in the data center.

New HP Virtual Connect with HP BladeSystems benefits include:

  • Fibre Channel bandwidth at a lower cost per 8Gb port with HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Module
  • Network flexibility from the new Virtual Connect Firmware Update with Virtual Connect Flex-10. This allows users to dynamically change network connections and adjust bandwidth without rebooting the server. It also provides expanded support for up to 128 VLANs to improve delivery of infrastructure-as-a-service deployments, as well as enhanced network diagnostics to simplify management.

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