Hewlett-Packard has introduced technology that it says allows organizations to deliver policy-based orchestration across applications, networks and users, eliminating manual configuration and enabling cloud-based application deployment in minutes.

The company is collaborating with F5 to offer products that converge application and network orchestration. The new products are based on the integration of HP Virtual Application Networks technology, which virtualizes networks and automates configuration, and F5 ADN technology, which does the same for application configuration.

“Legacy networks are static, inflexible and require too many manual steps to securely deliver new cloud applications and services to users,” Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at research firm Gartner, said in a statement. “By moving toward an automated, policy-based management paradigm to ensure the network is optimally configured from the application to network to user, enterprises can speed application deployment considerably while reducing the potential of errors caused by manual configuration.”

Deploying applications in a typical data center takes months of manual, device-by-device configuration across several layers of network infrastructure, HP says. Similarly, applications require weeks of configuring details, such as user connection profiles from both company and employee-owned devices.

A typical enterprise data center network might require more than 250,000 manual command line entries for network implementation, and more than 100,000 application configuration steps through manual processes that are time-consuming and error-prone, the vendor says. As the industry moves to cloud computing environments, manual command line network and application configuration processes are quickly becoming obsolete.

“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,” Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking at HP, said in a statement.“

HP FlexNetwork solutions that integrate F5 BIG-IP are available globally and can be delivered by HP Technology Services as well as HP and F5 channel partners.



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