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HP Releases New Networking Equipment, Directly Challenges Cisco

Hewlett-Packard has released new networking equipment alongside accusations that its rival Cisco lacks innovation.

The new equipment, which HP calls FlexNetwork unified networking architecture, that will allow businesses to set up and manage hybrid cloud and virtual server systems, The Inquirer reports.

According to HP, the FlexNetwork architecture comprises of three core systems: FlexFabric, FlexCampus and FlexBranch.

The FlexFabric platform will allow clients to run and manage physical and virtual machines in a data centre.

The FlexCampus platform lets clients gain wired or wireless access to their core networks in a secure and robust environment.

The FlexBranch platform is aimed at allowing branch offices to securely access the company’s network while staying compliant to security policies.

The company will also release its FlexManagement platform, which will allow IT administrators to manage and monitor the entire FlexNetwork infrastructure from a single console.

“To ensure success and a competitive advantage, enterprises need to shift resources from the maintenance of complex legacy networks to innovation," said Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager for networking at HP.

"With HP's FlexNetwork architecture, we deliver standards-based solutions that allow clients to bring existing network investments forward, reducing total cost of ownership today while preparing organisations to embrace the future."