VANs (Virtual Application Networks) to drive cloud computing
By Digital News Asia May 22, 2012
- Speeds application deployment, simplifies management
- New cloud apps deployed in minutes, not weeks
HP has announced Virtual Application Networks, a new cloud functionality that it claims speeds application deployment, simplifies management and ensures network service level agreements (SLAs) across the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
“In the cloud era, clients need to be able to deploy applications on the fly to any device and any user accessing the network from anywhere, with guaranteed quality of service levels,” said Kash Shaikh, director of product marketing, HP Networking.
“Today, only HP is positioned to provide clients with a completely virtualized network from the data center to the end user, managed by a single platform that is capable of deploying new applications within minutes,” he claimed.
A typical data center with 500 servers, including approximately 20 virtual machines per server, requires manual provisioning of more than 50,000 networking attributes on a port-by-port basis. Deploying a new application in this environment requires extensive time and coordination across the server, network and data center administrative teams, which can take up to four weeks, the company said in a statement.
Virtual Application Networks provide a virtualized view of a network that transforms a rigid physical enterprise network into a programmable, multitenant and application-aware virtual network. Virtual Application Networks use templates to characterize application-delivery requirements and ensure optimal application performance and reliability.
This enables IT staff to deploy new cloud applications to users in minutes rather than weeks and ensure SLAs are consistently met by using templates to automate network orchestration, HP said.
Virtual Application Networks tap into the intelligence found directly in server, storage and network hardware in HP’s Converged Infrastructure to automate provisioning and configuration tasks, while optimizing performance.
HP also announced HP Virtual Application Networks solutions that simplify mobile device access, automate secure site-to-site connectivity and improve rich media application performance across the HP FlexNetwork architecture.
The new offerings include modules for HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC), to simplify on-boarding, provisioning and monitoring of employee-owned devices across wired and wireless networks.
The new HP Dynamic Virtual Private Network (DVPN) enables the automation of secure network connectivity to any location. The company also introduced a high-performing HP 10500 campus core switch that delivers industry-leading throughput for rich media applications.
Legacy network infrastructures typically lack the flexibility, scalability and automation to support the growing number of employee-owned devices connected across wired and wireless networks.
Maintaining bandwidth-intensive rich media applications like web conferencing and providing secure connectivity from site to site also pose problems within these legacy networks, said HP.
“Legacy networks are not equipped to handle initiatives like bring your own device, mobility and bandwidth-intensive rich media applications,” said Shaikh (pic).
“HP’s Virtual Application Networks solutions ensure that our clients are able to transform their networks to securely embrace the demands of new devices and rich applications with a unified approach,” he added.