Manufacturers have a tough challenge: contain costs while keeping pace with ever-changing foreign and domestic demands; optimize and align internal resources; and keep in lockstep with the advances that your supply chain partners are making. You have to meet all of these objectives with cost containment and security in mind.
Such chaos can make it difficult for your IT teams to support productivity-enhancing technologies such as voice and video over IP and Web 2.0 to improve collaboration and productivity between your employees and vendors. Manufacturers face many challenges in their adoption of technology:
These problems are especially difficult to solve because you may have a combination of legacy and new applications running on disparate proprietary networks which causes 3 main challenges:
You need a secure, end-to-end enterprise architecture that can speed application deployment by eliminating technology silos, manual processes, and disparate management systems. You need an agile infrastructure that will help you compete in the global marketplace.
The HP FlexNetwork architecture enables you to design and build best-in-class networks that align with your company ecosystem and cost objectives—even as your priorities evolve. The HP FlexNetwork architecture is designed to scale on three dimensions—functionality, connectivity, and capacity—so that you can adapt your network services easily as your needs change.
A powerful, single point of management for your mission-critical, converged network, HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) delivers integrated and modular network management capabilities for advanced, heterogeneous enterprise networks.
HP delivers comprehensive security from firewall, VPNs at the perimeter to interior protection with threat management, access control, wired and wireless IPS
The HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology enables flatter network designs and easier-to-manage infrastructure. Manufacturing organizations can create a virtual switching fabric that delivers geographic independence, distributed high availability, resiliency, and millisecond reconvergence across Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols. With IRF-based solutions, IT teams can pool switching resources to create a lower cost, stable, fault-tolerant environment that is simpler to provision and maintain.
With HP networking solutions as a cornerstone, the HP Converged Infrastructure delivers an architectural blueprint that integrates servers, storage, and networking, eliminating technology silos and freeing up resources to focus more on business innovation.
The modern application- and service-ready HP FlexFabric networking architecture - a key element of the HP Converged Infrastructure that connects data center server and storage resources - can quickly adapt to changing business requirements, dynamically scaling capacity and provisioning connections to meet application demands “on the fly.”
HP's industry experience, demonstrated customer focus and innovative core-to-edge portfolio provide bold solutions for the major networking challenges facing today's manufacturing institutions. HP enterprise networking solutions are designed to help manufacturing organizations rapidly deploy new services and enhance user connectivity and productivity; helping them achieve IT and business agility and continuity to better serve their customers. HP's unique ability to build a high performance, resilient, energy-efficient, secure, and flexible network enables support for real-time collaboration and access to business and manufacturing intelligence and drives enhanced agility, while reducing complexity and operational costs.