Scaling Wired and Wireless Networks
HP has recently introduced a new unified wired and wireless enterprise solution that delivers industry-leading scalability, reliability, and throughput for large enterprise campuses. This new solution includes a unified wired and wireless switch for branch offices and highly scalable unified wired-WLAN modules for the HP 10500 and 7500 modular switches, delivering unified access, security, and QoS with single-pane-of-glass management for wired and wireless networks. This solution complements the existingMSM portfolio, which is designed for small to midsized campuses. MSM access points will be supported on the new unified wired and wireless enterprise solution, while HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) will continue to provide single-pane-of-glass network management system for both the midsized and large enterprise solution.
Unified Wired and Wireless Enterprise Solutions
Flexible forwarding modes
Most WLAN networks adopt central forwarding to gain complete control and monitoring over forwarded packets. This approach may create potential bottlenecks because all wireless traffic must be processed by the WLAN controller. This is often the case when packets are forwarded via a WAN, where access points are deployed in branch offices. The HP unified wired and wireless enterprise solution supports both centralized and distributed forwarding, delivering flexible deployment options to enhance traffic flow, reduce latency, and increase WLAN scalability.
Scalable Unified Wired-WLAN Module for HP 10500 and 7500 Switches
The HP 10500/7500 20G Unified Wired-WLAN Module provides a fully integrated solution that delivers increased scalability and resiliency, rich wireless services, and robust data processing capabilities. The new module provides refined user control and management, comprehensive RF management and security, fast roaming, robust QoS and IPv4/IPv6 support, and powerful WLAN access control capabilities. Working together with HP wireless access points, the HP 10500/7500 20G Unified Wired-WLAN Module can be easily deployed on Layer 2 or Layer 3 networks without affecting existing configurations.
Designed for the WLAN access of large enterprise networks, the HP 10500/7500 20G Unified Wired-WLAN Module provides an industry-leading WLAN solution that lowers CAPEX by 54 percent while delivering twice the client scalability when compared to competing solutions.
Key features of the HP 10500/7500 20G Unified Wired-WLAN Module:
- Up to 1,024 access points per module (up to 11 modules for the HP 10512 Switch Chassis)
- Support for HP MSM430,MSM460, MSM466, MSM466-R, and WA2620 access points
- N+1, N+N, and 1+1 redundancy offering subsecond failover
- IPv4/IPv6 and end-to-end QoS
- Flexible forwarding modes
- Wi-Fi Clear Connect Radio Frequency (RF) optimization and integrated IDS
- 1-year hardware warranty and lifetime firmware upgrades for as long as you own the product
- HP competitive analysis, February 2013
Unified wired and wireless switches for branch offices
The HP 830 Unified Wired-WLAN Switch Series integrates both wireless and Gigabit Ethernet switch functions. The switch series provides 1,000 Mb/s Ethernet ports, each supporting a maximum power of 30 W PoE+ and IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n access points, while delivering unified wired and wireless access control functions. The HP 830 24-Port PoE+ Unified Wired-WLAN Switch provides two 10GbE slots on the rear panel to relieve transmission bottlenecks at the core of WLAN networks.
The HP 830 Unified Wired-WLAN Switch Series is ideally suited for unified access at the small- and medium-sized branches of large enterprise networks. When deployed in conjunction with the new HP 10500/7500 20G Unified Wired-WLAN Module in a main campus, the solution provides core-to-edge unified access; branch office client survivability; and consistent user security, policy, and QoS.
The unified switch series reduces hardware and operating costs, and delivers investment protection with a lifetime hardware warranty that includes next-business-day advance replacement and firmware upgrades for as long as you own the product.
Enterprise-class access control and management
Granular user-based access control allows you to define settings such as Committed Access Rate (CAS), QoS profiles, and access control policies based on the service set identifier (SSID) or access point location for different users and applications.
The HP unified wired and wireless enterprise solution implements IPv6 QoS, as well as the DiffServ QoS standard, which includes traffic classification and traffic policing, and completely implements six groups of services—EF, AF1 through AF4, and BE. These advanced QoS features help ensure that users have an optimal experience, even when using time-sensitive voice, video, and other rich-media applications.
Latest Wireless Standards
The solution delivers six times the wireless access capacity when used with IEEE 802.11n-based access points compared to traditional IEEE 802.11 a/b/g networks, resulting in expanded coverage and more efficient support for wireless multimedia applications.The solution supports HP MSM430, MSM460, MSM466, MSM466-R, and WA2620 access points, and automatically discovers access points and applies updates if necessary.
IEEE 802.1X and Portal Authentication
IEEE 802.1X and RADIUS network logins control port-based authentication and authorization. A Choice of IEEE 802.11i, WPA2, or WPA locks out unauthorized wireless access by authenticating users prior to granting network access. Robust Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) or Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) encryption secures the data integrity of wireless traffic. Web-based authentication provides a browser-based environment to authenticate clients that do not support the IEEE 802.1X supplicant.
Wired and Wireless Security
Integrated wired and wireless Endpoint Admission Defense (EAD) helps ensure that only wireless clients who comply with mandated enterprise security policies can access the network, reducing threat levels from infected wireless clients and improving the overall security of the wireless network.
Wi-Fi Clear Connect RF optimization and integrated IDS
Wi-Fi Clear Connect use Advanced Radio Resource Management (RRM) to improve WLAN performance and reliability, detect wireless threats, and simplify management.
RRM automatically assigns and tunes transmit power levels and RF channels on access points to improve the system-wide performance and reliability of your WLAN and adjust coverage to mitigate against dead spots and access point failures.
Intelligent client load balancing analyzes the locations of wireless clients in real time, and automatically balances the client load to help ensure high-quality client throughput.
Integrated IDS allows access points to use time slicing to simultaneously provide client services and act as a security sensor to detect and locate flood, spoofing, and weak IV attacks and unknown and rogue devices. Flexible configuration options allow access points to be deployed in either hybrid or dedicated sensor mode.
Pay-as-you-grow license upgrades allow you to increase support for additional access points without the need to buy additional costly hardware and use additional valuable space in a chassis.