HP Expands Multiservice Router with UC Survivability

By Sean Michael Kerner | Mar 20, 2013 | Print this Page
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When it comes to Unified Communications, survivability is an absolute requirement. With survivability, enterprises can maintain voice and other collaboration uptime, even if there is a service disruption on the WAN.

This week, HP improved the survivability for its customers with new Survivable Branch Modules (SBM) forhp-msr the Multiservice Routers (MSR).

The MSR portfolio of routers came to HP in 2010 by way of the $2.7 Billion acquisition of 3Com.

SBM integrates with Microsoft's Lync to provide the survivable branch capability. Rob Owyang, Senior Manager for Solutions Marketing for HP Networking, explained that SBM runs on top of the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor. The module provides backup capability for business continuity.

"If the WAN is down, the SBM then fails over to the PSTN network," Owyang said. The SBM can have both PSTN as well as 3G/4G connectivity options to further enable a seamless handoff in the event of a communications network failure.

ProCurve ONE on MSR

HP is also announcing this week the new Open Architecture Platform (OAP) for its MSR series. The OAP is a module that runs VMware vSphere on it to enable enterprise to run virtualizatized application on the router.

The idea is similar to one, HP first pitched in 2009 as ProCurve ONE. The ProCurve ONE effort runs on HP's zl module that runs on the5400zl and 8200zl series switches.

"We're complemented that portfolio now with the true branch in a box MSR," Owyang explained.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network,  the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.