HP today announced a new SDN application, Virtual Cloud Networking (VCN), that integrates with Helion, HP’s own distribution of OpenStack. HP also announced a new switch line, the FlexFabric 7900, and a new service offering to help organizations transition to software-defined networking.
VCN runs on HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller. The VCN application aims to make it easier for organizations to roll out private and hybrid clouds by simplifying the creation of virtual networks.
HP says VCN is an enhancement to the OpenStack Neutron plug-in, which is the network component of the OpenStack project. Neutron talks to the VCN application to request network services, which the controller then configures.
Network administrators use the VAN controller to create policies that describe network resources available to applications. This allows a Helion administrator to automatically provision individual networks based on those pre-defined resources.