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ProCurve Networking by HP Enhances Switch Lines with Added Security and Functionality

  • 06 October, 2004 15:33

<p>ASIA PACIFIC, Australia, 5 October, 2004 - ProCurve Networking by HP today announced software upgrades, including enhanced security features and network standardization, to three of the company's Ethernet switch lines: the HP ProCurve Switch 2600, Switch 2600-PWR and Switch 2800 series. The software upgrades ease integration, standardizing features across the three product lines and providing third-party interoperability to maximize flexibility for customers who demand more from their networks.</p>
<p>"We are committed to delivering more for our customers' networks, which is why ProCurve continues to focus on innovative R&amp;D to provide additional features to our product lines," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. "Today's offerings bring additional features to a group of products already popular for their superior return on investment. Moreover, they deliver on ProCurve's Adaptive EDGE Architecture, strengthening the initiative by enhancing overall edge security."</p>
<p>ProCurve's commitment to command from the centre with control to the edge is reflected in the added support of sFlow sampling technology for comprehensive traffic analysis across 10MB, 100MB, 1000MB, 10GB access and uplink ports. Security updates easily integrate into existing security authentication systems with 802.1X authentication; offer secure switch updates via Secure FTP, and add more control at the access point using MAC Lockout/MAC Lockdown.</p>
<p>Significant new features include:</p>
<p>Web/MAC Authentication - The switch provides a Web browser interface for gathering user name/password for authentication and automatically intercepts the first http request from a new client to provide the login screen. The switch then provides a temporary (non-valid) IP address to the client to get to the switch's web server, if necessary. This has the benefit of eliminating the need for the 802.1x supplicant on PC, and it is usable on operating systems not based on Windows® via a Web browser.</p>
<p>MAC Lockout/MAC Lockdown - MAC Lockout causes the switch to drop traffic carrying a specific MAC address as either a source or destination. This is done by manually inputting MAC addresses to be ignored. MAC Lockdown permanently assigns a device MAC address to a specific port on the switch to restrict client device to a specific port. MAC Lockout secures the switch from illegal access by identifying restricted clients or devices, and it restricts a port to only one user.</p>
<p>Class of Service (CoS) - DiffServ Codepoint (DSCP) Marking - L3/L4 - Differentiated Services is used for several mission-critical applications and for providing end-to-end QoS. Typically, Differentiated Services is appropriate for aggregate flows because it performs for prioritised traffic flows. With DSCP, the user is able to prioritise traffic into priority queues. This update allows customers to prioritise Voice over IP traffic for efficient IP telephony. It also sets priorities for mission-critical applications. The updates provide support for the following DSCP modes: RFC2474 DiffServ Precedence, RFC2597 DiffServ Assured Forwarding (AF), and RFC2598 DiffServ Expedited Forwarding (EF).</p>
<p>802.1s (multi-instance STP) - 802.1s, the standard which allows maximum use of all redundant links, is similar to regular spanning tree in that it implements spanning tree but on a per VLAN basis. This allows customers to allocate different paths for different VLAN paths. This feature provides multi-vendor LAN interoperability, more resiliency for convergent networks (voice, data, mobility), and the ability to balance traffic across the network.</p>
<p>SFlow - sFlow, a technology for monitoring traffic in data networks containing switches and routers, defines the sampling mechanisms implemented in an sFlow Agent for monitoring traffic. When used with a network management application, sFlow provides a network-wide view of traffic patterns which helps predict traffic congestion and allows the user to plan for future upgrades. This feature provides wirespeed traffic monitoring capability with a standard that is increasingly used by management applications</p>
<p>Other upgrades include: jumbo frame support (2800 only), clear reset button disable, port mirroring ingress/egress, auto-MDIX manual mode, 8-port trunking / 24 groups (2800 only), source port filters and more than 250 VLANs.</p>
<p>The software upgrades support and extend the ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture, which provides a unified, holistic approach to the development of secure, mobile, multi-service networks. The Adaptive EDGE Architecture enables companies to more affordably manage complex applications - including mobility, security and convergence - more effectively, through the use of intelligent technology at the edge of the network.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
Software upgrades for the HP ProCurve Switch 2600, Switch 2600-PWR, and Switch 2800 series can be downloaded from the Internet starting Oct. 15, 2004.</p>
<p>About ProCurve Networking by HP
The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP is a supplier of enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions - including Ethernet switches, routing switches, wireless access points and network-management applications - which allow customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.</p>
<p>More information about ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve.</p>
<p>About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2004, HP revenue totaled $78.4 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.</p>
<p>Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.</p>
<p>Editorial contacts:</p>
<p>Veronica Colvin
Hill &amp; Knowlton for HP
02 9286 1243
veronica.colvin@hillandknowlton.com</p>
<p>Mark Berends
ProCurve Networking by HP
0404 006 391
berends@hp.com</p>
<p>ProCurve Networking by HP
564 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve</p>

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