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Hp Challenges Cisco Routers

HP revamps FlexFabric fixed and modular switches

HP has three new FlexFabric modular switches: The 11900, 12910, and 12916 The ProCurve Networking unit from the Palo Alto, Calif., company adds a pair of branch/regional office routers that challenge comparable Cisco routers on price, maintenance, and ease of configuration and management, said Brice Clark, global director of strategic planning for HPs ProCurve Networking, in Roseville, Calif. The ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl- series routers are half the price of comparable Cisco routers and offer wire-speed performance. "Our warranty is lifetime on hardware and software. That is unprecedented in the router market space," said Clark. Although HP ProCurve switch customers who signed up to test the new routers are taking a wait-and-see approach, they are hopeful that the new routers will deliver on their promise, according to Tom Jenkins, network services manager at Security Finance Corp., in Spartanburg, S.C. "If the cost points are what they say, itll be much less expensive than the Cisco alternatives. The other thing thats attractive is the lifetime firmware upgrades and software support," said Jenkins. ProCurve Networking also sought to make the new routers competitive by building firewall and NAT (Network Address Translation) security features into the routers, which also offer optional VPN features that include an easy-to-use configuration manager, Clark said. HP also includes traffic prioritization for VOIP (voice over IP), although HP does not integrate all the functions necessary for VOIP, said Nick Lippis, president of Lippis Consulting, in Hingham, Mass. "You still need a separate voice device, communication manager or even Ciscos Call Manager Express behind it," Lippis said. Despite 3Com Corp.s re-entry into the enterprise router space, Lippis said he believes that the market has been lacking "a major second source" for routers.
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Hewlett-Packard Ratchets Up Cisco Rivalry

Despite 3Com Corp.s re-entry into the enterprise router space, Lippis said he believes that the market has been lacking "a major second source" for routers. "Vulnerable isnt the right word, but conditions are right for a major player like HP with the breadth of products BYOD and services to go after that market and gain share," he said. The two routers include the 7102dl with two slots for WAN interface modules. It can support up to four T1/E1 links. The 7203dl router has two slots for WAN interface modules and one wide slot that can accept an eight-port T1/EL module. It can support a total of 12 T1/E1 links. The routers are due in April, and the chassis for each are $1,499 and $2,999, respectively. Modules range from $399 up to $3,999 for the eight-port T1/El module. HPs ProCurve Networking unit also integrated the functions of its separate secure wireless networking appliance into a new Access Controller Module for the ProCurve 5300xl LAN switch. The new module provides users with secure access to appropriate network services on any of HPs ProCurve 5300xl edge switches. It provides a personalized view of the network based on business need, seamless Layer 3 roaming across multiple IP address domains, and wireless data privacy with 19 different VPN clients supported.
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The 11900 mod box has a total of 7.7Tb/sec of switching capacity and uses a mix of HP and third-party ASICs (Shaikh didn't want to name names) and can handle 5.7 billion packets per second. The port-to-port hop latency can be as low as 3 microseconds, which is about as good as it gets out there right now in network world. The switch can have up to 384 10Gb/sec ports or 64 40Gb/sec ports, or a mix of the two. The machine has about half the latency of the Nexus 7010 switch from Cisco using F2 modules and offers about a third the cost per port and a third better density with 40Gb/sec ports than equivalent Cisco gear, according to Shaikh.
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HP Routers Tighten Network Security

HP (HPQ) said on Nov. 11 it will pay $7.90 a share, a 39% premium over 3Com's closing share price before the deal was announced. Buying 3Com (COMS) pushes HP further onto turf dominated by Cisco (CSCO), the world's largest maker of routers and switches and other equipment that knits together corporate networks and transfers information across the Internet. The acquisition also helps HP bulk up in China, where 3Com has vied with Cisco in part through lower prices. "Companies are looking for ways to break free from the business limitations imposed by a networking paradigm that has been dominated by a single vendor," Dave Donatelli, who runs the HP division focused on servers and networking for businesses, said in a statement, in a thinly veiled reference to Cisco. The acquisition comes amid a turnaround that's transformed 3Com from an industry laggard to a viable competitor to Cisco in key markets and products in recent years. "3Com is a growing company," Current Analysis analyst Steven Schuchart said in a recent interview, before the deal was announced. "They're killing it in China. For the first time in a decade, they're looking good." At the same time it announced the purchase, HP also released preliminary fiscal fourth-quarter results, saying net income rose to 99 a share from 84 a year earlier, while sales dropped 8% to $30.8 billion. HP also reported profit, excluding certain one-time items, of $1.14 a share. That beat the $1.11-a-share average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.
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