HP unveils SDN open system to accelerate network deployments

HP has unveiled the new enterprise-class software-defined networking (SDN) open ecosystem with the HP SDN Developer Kit (SDK) and the HP SDN App Store offering a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services.

The simplicity and automation enabled by HP’s SDN solution removes the complexity in network deployments and accelerates the delivery of next-generation services for clients, said company officials.

SDN promises to automate network operations; however, closed, proprietary SDN technologies inhibit innovation, prevent interoperability and limit creation of a marketplace.

An open SDN ecosystem and application development platform can unlock innovation as well as enable collaboration, HP said.

The HP SDN Developer Kit provides developers the essential tools to create, test and validate SDN applications, leveraging HP’s SDN infrastructure and full complement of support services.


The HP SDN App Store lets customers browse, search, purchase and directly download SDN applications onto their Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, creating a new business model for how network services are purchased and implemented.

Current SDN ecosystem partners registered for the HP SDN Developer Kit include Aastra, Blue Coat Systems, BlueCat, Citrix Systems, Ecode Networks, F5, Infoblox, Infranics, Intel, KT Cloud, Microsoft, MIMOS, Mitel, NTT, PwC, Qosmos, Radware, Real Status, Riverbed, RMIT University, ShoreTel Inc., Samsung, SAP, Tech Mahindra, VMware, Versatile and Websense.

HP AllianceOne partners, as well as independent software developers, access to the tools necessary to develop, simulate and validate enterprise-grade SDN applications to sell on the HP SDN App Store.

HP also offers SDN developer forums that encourage collaboration including creation of private working groups and support services from HP.

Streamlining go-to-market through an open marketplace HP SDN App Store creates an open marketplace for ecosystem partners to sell SDN applications which customers can deploy on their network quickly.

Enterprise customers create a secure, private portal accessible only by employees to download and run the HP VAN SDN controller via their private server environment for customers.

To complement this open SDN ecosystem, HP has added OpenFlow support to 10 new routers in the HP FlexNetwork portfolio, including the HP MSR2000, 3000, 4000 and HP Virtual Services Router (VSR) Series routers.

These additions build on the existing OpenFlow enabled portfolio of 50 switches, representing more than 25 million installed ports. View the full list of partners on the HP SDN Ecosystem Partners Web page.

SDN services focused on people, process and technology HP Technology Services offers new design, implementation and support services to help build and deploy enterprise SDN solutions that address customer needs for agile, flexible network services that are aligned with their organization.

The new offering, combined with HP SDN strategy services, delivers a holistic, pragmatic approach to customers’ software-defined networking transformation.

The HP SDN Learning Journey curriculum has three defined steps to prepare, engage and deliver SDN solutions. It combines traditional networks with SDN architectures.

Through the HP SDN Certification IT architects, managers and application developers are assured they meet HP’s strict performance standards for enterprise-grade SDN deployments.

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