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HP Embraces BYOD Trend With Virtual Application Networks

By - Source: HP

HP catering to the bring-your-own-device trend at Interop.


HP catering to the bring-your-own-device trend at Interop.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the launch of HP Virtual Application Networks, a package of solutions that enables companies to integrate bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) scenarios in their IT environment.

Designed to support popular mobile platforms, secure site-to-site connectivity and rich media delivery, HP's offering allows devices access to applications, networks and users via IT policies and without requiring manual configuration and app deployment.

The solutions package includes the Intelligent Management Center to support employee-owned devices across all networks, and the Dynamic Virtual Private Network (DVPN) to provide secure network connectivity. The company also announced the HP 10500 campus core switch that promises "industry-leading throughput for rich media applications."

HP said it employs the help of network appliance company F5's Application Delivery Networking (ADN) technology "to offer industry-first solutions that converge application and network orchestration" in a market that rapidly moves toward cloud services. While HP's Virtual Application Networks technology virtualizes networks and automates their configuration, F5's ADN technology is used to automate application configuration.

“IT needs to move at the speed of the organization but legacy application, network and user configuration practices are barriers to achieving this necessary agility,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager of HP Networking in a prepared statement. “Through HP Virtual Application Networks and our collaboration with F5, clients will be able to virtualize and automate the entire configuration process—from application to network to user—based on policy-driven management, enabling them to deploy applications to users in minutes, not weeks or months.”

IBM recently introduced a similar product called IBM Mobile that also aims to attract enterprises that are interested in mobile application employment and allow their employees to use their own devices in a corporate environment.