Mobility Challenges many Enterprises. HP's Carol Hess, VP WW Commercial Product Management explains that today's workforce challenges an IT administrator to provide devices that allow professionals to work from a variety of locations at any time. Consumer devices arrive with such variety and capabilities that it's hard to include features such as security and administration that enterprise management views as essential.
A fully capable suite of mobile devices is important in attracting and retaining talent, especially with Millenials and Digital Natives . Carol provides a look at at detachable mobile device announced the HP ProX-2 tablet that combines tablet with docking Powerbase offering full HD resolution and a number of expansion ports, extending the battery life in excess of fourteen hours. Security features such as fingerprint readers and security cards are supported.
We also take a look at the HP EliteBook 1040, a contrasting unit that is optimized for executive use and examine some of the tradeoffs between the two user types in the enterprise. Evaluation units for the HP ProX-2 will be available in September .
HP Vice President and General Manager Frank Mong provides an overview of HP Enterprise Security Products being featured at HP Discover. The environment differs from the vandalism and site defacement of eight or ten years ago into professional hackers, hacktivists, state sponsored actors or criminal organizations.
Today's ecosystem includes marketplaces for executive research, proprietary information, firewall breaches and product details with either financial or sabotage motives. At HP Discover, two new defensive products were introduced: HP Atalla Secure Encryption and Key Management Suite. Based on HP reserarch, most companies focus on blocking with firewall updates consuming 85% of the security budget. The increase in breaches and costs led HP to a different approach, focusing on security intelligence and encryption at the source. HP also provides key management services for cloud environments and services.
Improvements All Across the Board
HP's Randy Meyer , VP and GM for HP Mission Critical Servers and Neil MacDonald VP and GM for HP BladeSystem - Enterprise Servers discuss HP's latest server innovations introduced at HP Discover 2014, including topics such as Apollo, BladeSystem with OneView, HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 20/40 F8 , Mission Critical x86, and HP Integrity.
Automation is critical for today's enterprise scope systems. Mail, ecommerce, messaging and other consumer applications - always on, always correct - set expectations for business users. Real time data has the additional complication of expectations that the data may be merged from a collection of services, and customers must be able to react to the speed of innovation by partners and competitors alike.
In a wide ranging discussion including security and automation, HP's contribution with new capabilities in products such as HPOneView orchestration, but keeping in mind the requirements for continuity and the ability of HP to move beyond a group of point solutions to a comprehensive problem solving approach.
HP's Gary Stevens, Manager of Global Business Development for HP Converged Systems provides a quick refresher on HP's optimized and purpose built systems for Big Data, SAP HANA, Virtualization or other specific workload. In addition to being optimized for the application, it is tailored for management throughout the lifecycle.
HP OneView - the single pane management system has been added to HP Converged Systems especially for virtualized environments such as VMWare or Microsoft virtualization products. This allows not only the server, network and storage environments to be monitored, but allows orderly expansion as a part of the solution and guards against over or under-provisioning.
Many HP customers are transitioning their procurement models to help manage acquisition cycles and maximize the ROI over time, protecting against technology risk and changing business conditions. Moreover, HP's design center and manufacturing allows customers to have freedom from maintaining special skill sources on staff and keeping skills fresh.
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SpiceWorks' Caroline Tipton presents a career tool for IT professionals at InterOp 2014 in Las Vegas, and highlights a new way for presenting career accomplishments in an in-depth and rich portfolio, just like other creative artists and professionals, to explain their work.
The portfolio allows an IT professional to fully illustrate the project, technology and business results from his or her efforts that would normally be shown as a single line on a traditional resume.
The portfolio service is free to SpiceWorks members.
SpiceWorks' Caroline Tipton presents Version 7.2 beta at InterOp 2014 in Las Vegas, and highlights the troublshooting flow that allows you to investigate a particular device on the network during the demo.
In considering your network, you also need to be able to monitor mobiles and cloud services. The new Spiceworks 7.2 features the ability to deploy and monitor remotely, reporting back on any cloud services that are accessed. Remote scanners can be deployed as groups or as individual devices.
The final portion of the demo included a new help desk, featuring faster load of trouble tickets and decreasing the time required to find a specific issue or tie to a specific monitor or alert. A classic version of the previous edition is also included.
It won't be long before developers will be unleashed worldwide on video, using WebRTC. Irwin Lazar, VP and Service Director at Nemertes Research collaborated with Dr. Brent Kelly, Ph.D of KelCor, Inc, a specialized consulting firm. Both the upside applications and some downside concerns were covered.
WebRTC permits developers to easily add applications, and third party services are clearly building. It enables customers to interact directly with websites via video without additional downloads or plug-in. Already in Chrome, other companies such as Cisco are adding capabilities as well.
As exciting as this might be adding video and audio capabilities into a browser app can drastically increase the demands on bandwidth and latency issues. Plus, since a data channel is also provided, there are ways to push documents through the system that might bypass traditional security safeguards. Multiple people require more processing capability that may be beyond the resources of mobile terminals, resulting in highly variable quality of service.
More at WebRTC.org
HP's Rob Haviland, Senior Manager for HP Technical Marketing Campus Solutions at HP provides an overview of the HP Virtual Services Router, which allows creation of both fixed port and modular devices and then allows the user to configure advanced features and protocols. These virtual environments cannot be connected directly to hardware, but the tool is a great learning tool for Comware 7 devices.
HP Partners now have access to the simulator for download. Since it is similar to an open source application, there is no service/support, but it is freely available to those who want to learn more about networking. A series of tutorials will be presented by HP, supported by a forum open to the public.
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HP's Sue Duarte, Consulting Technical Marketing Engineer at HP provides an overview of the HP Virtual Services Router, which allows flexible and agile services delivery in multi-tenant, hosted private/public clouds. Resources can be added or deleted dynamically, lowering costs.
This virtualization of network functions running in software avoids traditional horizontal scaling and load mismatch. The system supports vRouter, vFirewall and vNAT.
More details at http://hp.com/networking.
HP's Jeff Lim, Senior Manager of Data Center Technical Marketing at HP provides an overview of the latest upgrades to the HP Data Center Switch 12900, a next-generation modular data center core switch designed to support virtualized data centers and the evolving needs of private and public cloud deployments. HP just released a series of modules expanding up to a 12 port 40Gb module for the system. The system also supports OpenFlow.
The switch Series includes 10-slot and 16-slot chassis, ready for software-defined networking (SDN).The SERDES connections on the latest additions to the platform introduced at InterOp start at 10.5Gb/sec, resulting in 8.65Gb per connection.
HP's Yarnin Israel, Consulting TME for Mobility Services at HP provides an overview of the technology behind the HP Labs Smart Shopper application, offering the ability of retail applications to derive income from the network by alerting shoppers to retail specials, using regular 802.11 access points.
Using the HP system, normal access points are used to derive location accuracy of 1 to 2 meters, roughly five times the accuracy of competing systems. There is no need for additional access points in an overlay network for location services.
Another application would involve subscription or fee based information during a museum tour, shown on the visitor's iOS device.
Two-meter resolution can be achieved with only four access points, as opposed to nineteen access points needed in a typical competitor system.
HP's Jeff Enters, Chief Infrastructure Architect, HP Technology Services provides an overview of the InterOp Network and HP's role in setup, testing and monitoring during the show. Jeff represents HP in creation of the network. All of the vendor booths, keynote speakers.Interop show creator UBM involves over 60 people and twenty different vendors showcasing various solutions during the show.
The show involves three separate data centers (Sunnyvale, Denver, and Newark) with multiple gigabit feeds. IPS is used for protection and IMC for system management of the bandwidth provided by CenturyLink.
Prior to the show, the on-premise gear is staged, but the datacenters are active year round.
HP's Hamid Lalani provides an overview of the open ecosystem that HP is creating for the App Store, working with over 120 companies with over 25 working on applications that enterprises can use in solving networking problems. At InterOp LAS 2014, several companies were featured , and Stacey King, Global Strategic Alliances also featured some internal code-athon results developed by HP. Alliance Partner apps included applications shown by Sudha Krishnamurthy included Active Honeypot, Bluecat DNS security Policy, Defenseflow for Network DDoS, Ecode evolve, and Hyperglance SDN Management.
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