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HP creates a connected workplace

These programmes will support students to explore careers in the growing remote infrastructure management industry.

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary |
March 18, 2013 12:25:30 pm

Mobility is here to stay,as people work anywhere,anytime,and stay constantly connected with colleagues,family and friends. New innovations from Hewlett-Packard promise to make enterprise networks ready for the new digital lifestyle

Network is your net worth—a prophetic phrase coined by S Sadagopan,director of the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB) and a firm believer in information technology’s ability to radically make a difference to people’s lives. As our relationship with our devices—tablets,laptops,desktops and mobile phones—is getting deeper,Sadagopan’s prophecy seems to be coming true.

People work on the go and bring your own device (BYOD) is fast becoming mainstream as people’s personal and professional devices tend to become one. Increasingly,employees want to use their own mobile devices for work. Research firm IDC estimates that 686 million smartphones were sold in 2012 alone.

By 2020,50 billion devices will be connected to wireless networks.

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That’s not all. Businesses run round the clock. Enterprises today are mobile,connected,interactive,immediate and experiencing an explosion in the diversity of data and users. Cloud computing,mobility,and real-time applications place unprecedented pressure on networks. This is because from a network perspective,it all adds up to a staggering number of endpoints. But without access to data,the value of our devices is limited,if not eliminated. “In short,intelligence and smartness on the enterprise network is needed,” says Roger Lee,regional director at Hewlett-Packard for network consulting & services,Asia Pacific & Japan. “An enterprise’s productivity is inextricably linked to the ability of its employees,partners,and customers to access and exchange data.”

BYOD represents a tremendous opportunity not only for enterprises to extend the benefits of mobile technology to all employees,but also for the technology vendors. An early-trend spotter,Hewlett-Packard has introduced its software-defined network (SDN) technologies to span infrastructure,control software and application layers with a “single control plane” that enables enterprises and cloud providers to simplify and maximise agility across datacentre,campus and branch networks. It has also created the necessary infrastructure to allow IT professionals to advance their IT knowledge in the delivery of next generation enterprise networks.

Uday Birje,country manager,network consulting & support services,Hewlett-Packard India,says,“Mobility is here to stay,as people work anywhere,anytime,and stay constantly connected with colleagues,family and friends. Bring your own device is trending fast.”

A brief recap: most enterprise networks were designed in the days before widespread mobility,distributed applications,and video. In those days,PCs,servers,and other computers were stationery,applications were client/server,and user connectivity and network design were rigidly defined.

Today,people spend less time at their desks and spend more than time than ever on their mobile devices to stay connected with their professional and personal lives. Naturally,IT is straining to adapt to the challenge of providing secure connectivity for users who are on the move: devices that talk to one another without human intervention; and workers’ reliance on real-time,interactive,and cloud-based applications and services.

“New challenges demand new solutions,” says Faisal M Paul,head—marketing & solutions alliances,Enterprise Group,Hewlett-Packard India. “Legacy enterprise networks aren’t going to cut in tomorrow’s world. They are too rigid,too fragile and require too much manual intervention. Software-defined networks introduce a new level of agility and unleash the true power of an enterprise network. Not only that,they remove the barriers to innovation by giving cloud providers and businesses complete control of a dynamic,abstract view of the network. Thus with software-defined networks,IT can become more agile by orchestrating network services and automatically controlling the network according to high-level policies,rather than low-level network device configurations,” he informs.

Lee,who sits out of the HP Singapore office,elaborates: “Software-defined networks are a new way of looking at networking by abstracting underlying network complexities and providing access through software and applications to change network behaviour. This provides the ability to apply business logic to network behaviour dynamically and facilitates the control of data flow.”

At the HP Network University 2013 in Bangalore earlier this month,HP Education Services and IIITB announced new IT infrastructure certificate programmes for undergraduate students across India. These programmes will support students to explore careers in the growing remote infrastructure management industry. Remote infrastructure management technology includes management of workstations,communications and networking hardware and software,as well as applications. According to Nasscom,India’s share of the global remote infrastructure management industry will be 45% by the year 2020. However,India currently lacks the skilled manpower required to monitor and manage these infrastructures,while ensuring uptime and availability.

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