HP Beefs Up Enterprise Networking Offerings

By Michael Hall | Sep 26, 2005 | Print this Page
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Looking to pick up some turf in the enterprise networking market, HP today announced new hardware and management software.

The company's new offerings include an InterConnect Fabric (ICF) switch, an upgrade to its Identity Driven Manager software, new ProCurve Mobility Manager software and a new Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch HP said will simplify deployment of WLAN Access Points.

Leading HP's announcements was the the ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8100fl family, based on technologies acquired from Riverstone Networks in 2004.

The products focus on high availability and resiliency, featuring auto-configurability. The first products in the ProCurve 8100fl line include the 8108fl and 8116fl InterConnect Fabric switches and a series of Gigabit and 10 Gigabit blades.

HP's ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 2.0 (IDM 2.0) is a plug-in to ProCurve Manager Plus 2.0, providing automated access control software for wired and wireless network access. Based on RADIUS (define), IDM 2.0 allows for centrally managed access rights, and it dynamically sets ProCurve edge devices for enforcement of access rights, traffic priority and bandwidth.

The IDM 2.0 upgrade includes software based on the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect (TNC), which allows for the use of antivirus and personal firewall software from a number of TNC-compliant architectures. IDM 2.0 supports dynamic Access Control List configuration, and introduces an automated database driven set-up and synchronization of IDM access policy groups.

The new ProCurve Mobility Manager 1.0 is a plug-in module for ProCurve Manager Plus, offering the ability to centrally configure, update, monitor and troubleshoot ProCurve wireless LAN components.

In other hardware additions to its product line, HP announced the ProCurve Switch 2600-8-PWR, a fully managed, stackable switch with eight auto-sensing 10/100 PoE ports and one dual-personality Gigabit Uplink. HP said the switch is designed to support deployment of wireless access points or support small workgroups or remote offices requiring general network connectivity and PoE (define) for IP phones and wireless access points.

Pricing for the ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8108fl is $27,999, with the ProCurve InterConnect Fabric Switch 8116fl priced at $38,999. Both switches are expected to be available Oct. 1. ProCurve Identity Driven Manager 2.0 is expected to be available Dec. 1 for $5,499. ProCurve Mobility Manager 1.0 is expected to be available Dec. 1 for $1,999. The ProCurve Switch 2600-8-PWR with Gigabit Uplink is expected to be available in October for $899.