ProCurve Networking by HP Delivers Core Switch with Lifetime Warranty

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 – ProCurve Networking by HP today announced the availability of a high-performance network core switch supported by ProCurve’s lifetime warranty.(1)

Targeted at enterprise customers, the ProCurve Switch 8212zl completes ProCurve’s core-to-edge network solution that unifies network technology, infrastructure, software, operation, management and support while reducing complexity and lowering costs. The switch is based on HP-developed ProVision ASIC technology.

Also announced today, the ProCurve Wireless Edge Services zl Module adds centralized wireless local area network (WLAN) configuration, management and advanced wireless services to the 8212zl core switch and 5400zl edge switch family.

“ProCurve’s Adaptive Networks vision gives global companies the flexibility to grow their infrastructure in line with their business needs by enabling them to quickly adapt to new applications, fortify network security, increase productivity and reduce complexity,” said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. “The new 8212zl core switch further substantiates this vision by unifying the core-to-edge infrastructure, providing the ideal foundation for a network that is secure, highly available and cost-effective to deploy and maintain.”

The 8212zl core switch, as part of a standards-based unified core-to-edge solution including the Switch 6200yl/5400zl/3500yl Series, delivers low cost of ownership and reduces complexity by utilizing common components. The switch’s lifetime warranty features standard next business day advanced-replacement (availability varies by location) with phone and email support.

“With this introduction, customers now have a range of core and edge switches that are designed to make it easier and less expensive to operate converged and highly complex networks. Because they are based on ProCurve architecture, they share common parts and improved management across devices – not many vendors offer this,” said Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice and Data, Infonetics Research. “ProCurve is already the No. 2 player in the networking industry, and this should further enhance its position in the marketplace.”

The ProCurve Switch 8212zl is a high-performance, highly scalable, chassis core switch platform that provides comprehensive Layer 2 through Layer 4 features and advanced security. It boasts high-density Gigabit and 10GbE connectivity, making it ideal for high-speed core networking applications, and it has high-availability features such as customer hot-swappable, redundant management, fabric and power to ensure system continuity and enhance network productivity. The 8212zl is for customers seeking to cost-effectively meet more stringent availability requirements of highly converged network environments without sacrificing performance or flexibility.

“My network is always changing. I need a core solution that reliably adapts to those changing requirements and lets me enhance it over time without a lot of management intervention and without costly or disruptive technology upgrades,” said Brent Braun, specialist, Network Infrastructure/Security, Appleton Area School District. “The 8212zl core switch from ProCurve gives me a solution that is easy to deploy, easy to manage, easy to expand and under warranty for as long as I have the product.”

ProCurve also provides lifetime software and firmware updates for its product line, which reduce the risk of unanticipated costs for incremental feature enhancements and bug fixes.

Wireless Edge Services zl Module

The ProCurve Wireless Edge Services zl Module provides advanced wireless services for the new 8212zl core switch and ProCurve 5400zl Series Intelligent Edge switches. Featuring a common modular architecture for the chassis line, the wireless zl module offers flexible wireless services that unifies both wired and wireless operations across the network.

The zl module extends ProCurve’s comprehensive security strategy – ProCurve ProActive Defense – to the wireless LAN. This approach to enabling a trusted network infrastructure provides immunity from threats and protects data and integrity for all users, resulting in reduced network complexity, lower management costs and fortified security.

Technical highlights of the ProCurve Wireless Edge Services zl Module include Layer 3 roaming, secure guest portal with guest account administration, and integrated RADIUS and DHCP services. New security additions include wireless security through an integrated stateful packet inspection firewall and enhanced wireless intrusion detection. The ProCurve wireless solution also includes ProCurve’s standard lifetime warranty.

Pricing and Availability(2)

Available today:

  • ProCurve Switch 8212zl (base system) – $23,999
  • ProCurve Wireless Edge Services zl Module – $5,499
  • ProCurve Redundant Wireless Services zl Module – $4,999
  • ProCurve Wireless Services zl 12 RP License – $3,999
  • ProCurve Wireless Services zl 48 RP License – $12,999

About ProCurve Networking by HP

The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP delivers wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions. The foundation for ProCurve’s business model is the Adaptive Networks strategy in which networks are adaptive to users, applications and an organization’s needs.

ProCurve was positioned in the challenger quadrant in research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.’s 2006 Magic Quadrant Report for Global Campus LANs and is the No. 2 networking company worldwide measured in both ports and Ethernet switch market revenue according to Dell’Oro Group.

Further information on ProCurve networking solutions, products and lifetime warranty is available at

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