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HP Discover: Where's the core networking evolution?

Ivan Pepelnjak

Dear HP Networking, stop boasting about forever changing the networking industry and make some real changes to your core networking product!

Sometimes I just have to vent my frustrations about all the claims we have to endure in the networking industry. This one was triggered by the following tweet summarizing some of the points made during one of the keynotes at the

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June HP Discover event:

Anyone working in the networking industry could probably list a few major changes that have occurred in the last 10 years. How about going from 256 Kbps frame relay to 10 Mbps MPLS/VPN for one tenth of the price? Just because you decided not to be involved, dear HP, doesn’t mean that the industry hasn’t been moving forward. The industry doesn't always move in the right direction, and it doesn't always move fast enough, but that’s a different story.

Next, I would like to see you stop boasting about changing the industry and actually do something. I hear you make wonderful wireless access points (I wouldn’t know because I can barely distinguish radio waves from pigeons), and I admire the look of your new network management system. Also, TippingPoint is probably a great IPS (no way for me to judge it because you’re hiding the documentation), but the only thing you can show in core networking is Intelligent Redundant Framework (IRF). Whenever I ask about Edge Virtual Bridging (EVB), Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) or Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), not to mention Locator ID Separation Protocol (LISP), I get the answer, “We’ll consider it once it’s ratified.”

We all have our personal grudges with the current state of the networking industry, so I can only hope that at next year's HP Discover event we will hear that you have actually changed the industry instead of that you want to change the industry. Would that work for you?


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