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HP Announces A10500 Switches, S6100N, IMC5

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on May 9, 2011 · 0 comments

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HP today gave us a preview of things to come at Interop Las Vegas 2011, announcing the FlexNetwork Architecture, the “industry’s only networking architecture converging the data center, campus, branch & cloud”.

For more details on that, check out Mike Nielsen’s Tuesday afternoon session, “FlexNetwork Architecture”, or wait for the details from my fellow bloggers who are at Interop this week (more on that below).

What I’m excited about, however, is the new line of A10500 switches that HP is announcing today.

At the top-end, the A10508 has an 11 Tbps, 1.9 billion packet per second capacity and the ability to run 128 10GbE (or 384 GbE) ports at wire-speed in a single chassis.

HP claims the switch is “100GbE ready” and plans to demonstrate 40 GbE at Interop. The A10500 line will be available in the second half of 2011.

The full specifications weren’t publicly available at the time I’m writing this, so I’m not certain exactly how it compares to the A12500 line. I probably could have found out, but I got some meeting times mixed up:

Also on Tuesday, HP introduced the TippingPoint S6100N:

Last, but not least, HP introduced Intelligent Management Center 5, the latest version of their outrageously expensive multi-vendor network management application which supports over 2600 devices from 35 manufacturers (including 1000+ from Cisco):

HP has once again shown their support of the blogging community by sending networking bloggers to Interop (disclosure: HP sent me to Interop NYC back in October 2010). They are:

You will undoubtedly hear much more about HP’s new products and design architectures from them in the next few days.

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