HP tweaks 5400 switch

Seven years ago, Hewlett-Packard Co. brought out its first switch that supported the fledgling OpenFlow protocol for software-defined networking, the modular HP 5400.

Sales have been good enough that it has been upgraded with more performance and better management.

On Tuesday the company announced the 5400R, which like the previous model is targeted at the access layer for enterprises (campus or branch) and across the network for small and medium-sized companies.

The HP 5400R
The HP 5400R

“We introduced a modular chassis switch with the price of a stackable switch,” in 2007, Steve Brar, a global product manager at HP Networking, said in an interview, “and we’re keeping the pricing level the same with the 5400R.”

To help encourage network managers to upgrade, the new models also take any ZL2 modules they have already purchased.

Performance has been enhanced in several ways:

–The backplane capacity has been upped to 2 terabits per second;

–Like the previous version, the 5400R comes in six and 12-slots chassis. The larger can take up to 288 PoE+ ports. Unlike the older models, however, all of those ports can run at full power. That will help customers that want to plug in a lot of Wi-Fi access points or HDTV cameras, or who don’t want to manage a Power over Ethernet power budget;

–It can carry a second management card, for redundancy.

Options include the ability to support 1, 10 and 40 GB ports.

The models include a lifetime warranty, next business replacement day, and free phone support. Prices start at US$2,419 for the six-slot version and US$4,599 for the 12-slot. The price includes all software capabilities, such as advanced routing.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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