HP Networking will launch new campus core switches and a network architecture that aims to flatten the campus LAN in the same way that many have redesigned their data center LANs at Interop 2011, reports Tech Target. Michael Nielsen, director of network solutions marketing for HP says the campus network needs to flatten out just as much as the data center network in order to eliminate the distortion layer, reduce latency and complexity and improve the performance of rich media applications like video conferencing, a major challenge in existing enterprise campus networks.
“’Networks are stifling innovation,’ Nielsen said. ‘With the explosion of multimedia, bandwidth allocation is one-seventh of where it needs to be over the next three or four years. Video will dominate and be 25% to 40% of all enterprises business communications. With the current three-tiered architecture [in the campus] with 10-20 microsecond latency per hop, there is a tangible impact on how multimedia will be consumed.’”