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HP Helps Organizations Increase Agility and Simplify the Network

Cloud-Managed, SDN-Enabled Unified Wired and Wireless Networking Portfolio Helps IT Derive Business Value From the Network

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 03/31/14 -- Today at Interop Las Vegas, HP (NYSE: HPQ) announced new cloud-managed, software-defined networking (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless network solutions that help customers to increase the agility of their network while simplifying its management.

The new solutions -- including the HP Cloud Managed Network Solution, IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points and SDN applications -- expand the industry's most complete unified wired and wireless portfolio.(1) These new solutions are designed to support mobility initiatives for businesses of all sizes by providing improved mobile end-user experiences delivered at triple the speed. Plus, HP's unified wired and wireless network offerings combined with SDN open the door for new business opportunities, thereby enabling IT professionals to derive business value from the network.

"Enterprises need adaptable, robust, easily deployed and secure wireless LAN solutions as more users are accessing the enterprise network via mobile devices while increasingly using these devices for mission-critical applications," Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC.(2) "SDN-based and cloud managed wireless solutions will provide tools that offer network managers greater flexibility and scalability and, more importantly, programmability of networking resources to support the needs of their businesses."

"Our customers are telling us that their networks are primarily cost centers that are too complex to manage, while they are at the same time facing increasing end-user demand for a better mobile experience," said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking Business Unit and Network Functions Virtualization Business, HP. "With HP's cloud-managed and SDN-enabled unified wired and wireless solutions, we are enabling IT organizations to provide an improved mobile user experience, as well as offering simplified management and investment protection."

Cloud managed wireless network simplifies management and increases agility
To address the increasing complexity of legacy network infrastructures, the HP Cloud Managed Network provides an easy-to-manage network solution for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and distributed offices. The solution lowers total cost of ownership by reducing the need for onsite IT staff and lowering upfront costs by up to 30 percent(3) with a pay-per-use cloud service model.

With more mobile devices being used in the workplace and congesting the network, IT professionals struggle with providing a high-quality end-user experience. The new HP 560 and 517 IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points offer network agility, enabling organizations to support the growing number of mobile devices, while improving the user experience with speeds three times faster than 802.11n.(3) The HP 560 access points will also be OpenFlow-enabled, empowering customers to leverage SDN applications without having to rip and replace existing infrastructure. To further help IT organizations on their SDN journey, the new HP SDN Roadmap Services create a pragmatic and detailed transition roadmap aligned with business goals.

To bridge the gap between wired and wireless control, new controller appliances deliver consistent policy management across wired and wireless networks, eliminating swivel-chair management. With up to 40 percent(4) higher scalability than competitive solutions, the HP 870 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance provides reliable application performance for end users, supporting up to 30,000 devices. For midsize to large enterprises, the HP 850 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance supports up to 10,000 devices.

HP is supporting customers' bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives by partnering with Citrix and MobileIron to offer best-in-class mobile device management (MDM) integration with the HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) platform. Further, with HP Secure BYOD Services and IP Address Management Services, employees are connected and productive within minutes.

"Omnichannel commerce has driven the need to create a new customer experience, which requires agile and secure IT," said Pascal Trecult, chief technical officer, Monoprix. "HP was able to easily integrate with our partner Wellcoms Technology to deliver streamlined connectivity with a unified wired and wireless management strategy for our network across our 500 plus stores, all while helping us increase sales with targeted advertising."

SDN-enabled location technology delivers new revenue generation opportunities
The new HP Location Aware SDN application locates any wireless-enabled device indoors with approximately two meter accuracy -- up to five times more accurate than competing alternatives.(5) Powered by technology developed at HP Labs, the company's central research arm, HP Location Aware enables a wide range of new context-aware retail, asset management and security applications. This application will be integrated with the HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller and is designed to help businesses transform wireless LAN infrastructure into revenue-generating vehicles.

HP Communications and Media Solutions (CMS), leveraging big data analytics and Location Aware technology, has developed a proof-of-concept application called SmartShopper. Designed for both retailers and service providers, SmartShopper enables enterprises to tighten relationships with their customers and monetize the network delivering real-time, location-based offers to customers' smartphones. Using HP's location- and context-aware Telco Big Data and Analytics technology, organizations can increase sales by personalizing the shopping experience and drive revenue through targeted promotion of relevant products.

Pricing and availability(6)

  • The HP Cloud Managed Network Solution will be available in June.
  • The HP 560 802.11ac Access Points are available now for $1,199.
  • The HP 517 Unified 802.11ac Wall Jack will be available in May for $499.
  • The HP 870 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance is available now for $35,999; the HP 850 Unified Wired-WLAN Appliance will be available in June.
  • Secure BYOD Services and IP Address Management Services are available now globally, and the SDN Roadmap Services will be available in June.
  • The HP Intelligent Management Center MDM Integration is available now.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) HP internal competitive analysis based on publically available information.
(2) IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN 2013-2014 Vendor Analysis, September 2013.
(3) Based on HP internal calculations.
(4) Based on publically available data sheets for Cisco 5760 Series.
(5) 450Mbps vs. 1.3Gbps theoretical.
(6) Estimated U.S. list prices. Actual prices may vary.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP's businesses; risks associated with executing HP's strategy and plans for future operations; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third-party suppliers and the distribution of HP's products and services effectively; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP's international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, and that are otherwise described or updated from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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