HP Pushes Unified Network Access


There are two key elements to the future of networking, according to Aruba Networks CTO Keerti Melkote and Dominic Wilde, vice president of global product line management of HP Networking. The two collaborated on an HP blog that provided some hints as to where HP believes the network of the future is headed.

The two elements read more like a wish list of features that enterprises would want out of the network of tomorrow. Here’s the (short) list:

  • Enterprises require a data center network that’s “completely responsive” to the needs of the application tier. There’s a lot of talk about the future of the network, and according to HP, the static, configuration-driven network architecture is becoming a thing of the past. Not something to argue with at all, as the burdens placed on the network are becoming significantly greater and require a more dynamic system. According to HP, the pace at which network configurations change will move from days and weeks to minutes and seconds. As Melkote and Wilde wrote, “There’s no way humans can do this, and that’s why we need a software-defined data center network to enable change at the pace of business. Delivery of mobile-first business apps at elastic scale depends on how quickly data center networks can optimize the workloads.”

  • Enterprises also need a unified network access solution for the future digital workplace. What HP is talking about here is the need for uninterrupted access to business applications, which nobody in their right mind would argue isn’t a necessity. The two execs note the importance of gigabit Wi-Fi with software-defined controls, which pretty much sums up exactly what Aruba is focused on – prior to becoming an HP entity and likely for the foreseeable future. There’s a vendor bias, of course.

HP and recent acquisition Aruba is hoping to give rival Cisco a run for its money, particularly in the Wi-Fi space.