SDN: Wired, Wireless, and IP Network Management for Minimum Cost
HP’s Kash Shaikh, Senior Director of Product and Technical Marketing for HP Networking discusses HP SDN Strategy and Virtual Application Networks. Legacy networks are rigid and difficult to program, not allowing for the rapid and dynamic provisioning of network applications and services for the data center and cloud.
Software Defined Networking solves Specifically, it solves these issues: • Complexity in rolling out new services • Glass ceiling with deployment of workloads • Vendor locked-in solutions that limit virtualization expansion because of costs
Software-defined network (SDN): is an emerging network architecture where network control is decoupled from forwarding and is directly programmable. This migration of control, formerly tightly bound in individual network devices,into accessible computing devices enables the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services, which can treat the network as a logical or virtual entity. HP delivers SDNs by introducing solutions across all three layers of the SDN stack as defined by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a standards body driving open SDN technologies including OpenFlow.
HP Virtual Application Networks: enable customers to focus more on connecting users to applications and less on managing complex infrastructure by transforming a rigid physical enterprise network into a fully programmable, multi-tenant and application-aware virtual network. Virtual Application Networks accelerate the provisioning of cloud applications by abstracting the network end-to-end, allowing customers to logically provision physical resources into virtual networks aligned to the delivery requirements for each application or class of applications (e.g., video, real-time transaction processing, telephony) and ensure consistent provisioning of resources to meet the service level expected by users.
HP SDN strategy:Virtual Application Networks represent HP’s software-defined network vision. By leveraging SDN-enabled infrastructure, control plane, applications and integrated management systems, HP is creating an open ecosystem to drive new innovation in networking. HP is providing open interfaces for third party integration as well as end-to-end solutions with HP OpenFlow-enabled infrastructure, HP Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, and HP applications.
What problems do HP Virtual Application Networks solve for customers? Legacy networks are rigid and difficult to program, not allowing for the rapid and dynamic provisioning of network applications and services for the data center and cloud. Specifically, it solves these issues: • Complexity in rolling out new services • Glass ceiling with deployment of workloads • Vendor locked-in solutions that limit virtualization expansion because of costs
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Senior Director, Product & Technical Marketing, Networking
Kash Shaikh is the senior director of Product and Technical Marketing for HP Networking. In this role, he is responsible for the entire Networking Infrastructure portfolio, including switching, routing, wireless LAN and network management products.
Previously, Shaikh worked at Cisco for more than four years, where he directed the data center switching solutions and product marketing teams. His portfolio included the entire Cisco Nexus family, Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 4900 data center switches and blade server switching, with multibillion dollars in annual revenues.
Prior to Cisco, Shaikh spent about a decade at Nortel in various IP networking roles. During his 18-year IP networking career, Shaikh has held leadership roles in product-line management, marketing and engineering. Shaikh holds master’s degrees in engineering and business administration.