"Is there any interoperability with the older H3C line?" he asks. "Customers may be faced with a rip and replace."
HP confirmed that modules from the 4-year-old 12500 and 10500 are not interchangable with the new 12900 and 11900 switches, respectively. HP did say though that the 12900 and 12500 share a common architecture, operating system, and management.
"In the data center, the networking products are great, but I don't think HP has a broader HP story, a la Cisco's Nexus + UCS," Kerravala adds. "I agree that HP has all the parts, but they haven't built a great counter story. Cisco customers rave about UCS and the ability to create service profiles that are for rapid creation of services. HP has the networking products and needs to build a better HP story."
HP FlexFabric 12900 switches are expected to be available in October. HP says pricing will be available at that time. The 11908 switch is expected to be available worldwide in June at a starting price of $83,000.
Virtual switch 5900v is expected to be available in October. Pricing will be available at that time. The HSR 6800 router series is available now at a starting price of $46,000.
Brocade's hardware and software enhancements are designed to better integrate and align physical and virtual resources.
For virtual networking, Brocade rolled out the vRouter virtual router, obtained from its recent acquisition of open source networking software company Vyatta; and the Virtual ADX Application Delivery Switch. For physical networking, the company unveiled new modules for its MLXe core router and NetIron Carrier Ethernet switch, as well as updated operating system software for that product.
The Brocade Vyatta 5400 vRouter is software for highly virtualized data centers. It is designed to enable the configuration of multitier networks that can be deployed, configured, or changed on demand. Brocade Vyatta vRouter is already deployed in Amazon Web Services and supports VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and Red Hat hypervisors.
Release 6.6 of the vRouter includes support for multicast routing and dynamic multipoint VPN, for secure transmission of content to selected end-points.
Brocade Virtual ADX is designed to increase the speed of application resource and services deployment for cloud environments. The software controls application management and provisioning via the SOAP/XML API, enabling integration with third-party or homegrown orchestration and automation tools, Brocade says.
That API, along with support for OpenScript, allows for programmatic control of Layer 4-7 functions in a virtualized infrastructure, the company says. Virtual ADX is also intended to simplify orchestration of the application delivery network, and provide the ability to validate, test and replicate production or quality assurance environments on demand.
For physical networking, Brocade rolled out 40G Ethernet interfaces for its MLXe core router, higher-performance modules for the NetIron CER Routers and expanded SDN capabilities in the NetIron OS.