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happen. Once they add new users and new hardware, they won’t know where bottlenecks are coming from if they can’t see everything on their network. Another big obstacle is that IT departments want to also use business hours to get work done, and nothing can get done when people are on the network all of the time. IT departments have to fi nd a way to run updates and change out hardware while the network is running. There can’t be any hiccup in the workfl ow of the day for the end-user.

Q: What are a couple top HP Networking solutions available for those who want to upgrade their environment to handle the diverse applications and new demands on today’s network?

A: Two or three years ago HP Networking acquired a company called 3Com. One of the things that came along with that acquisition was a product called Intelligent Management Center (IMC). IMC allows you to manage everything on your network from one single pane of glass. It is an intuitive product that is very user-friendly. It can manage your devices, show them to you on one screen, and show what is working, what is not, and where the bottlenecks are. This is very important to IT departments. It can save them a signifi cant amount of money in time and manpower.

Q: What feedback have you heard about IMC? Has it given users the insight that they have been craving? And what other concerns can you address?

A: Absolutely, IMC is defi nitely a very good product. A lot of customers ask, “Why is HP sometimes more expensive than the competition, and what do they do differently?” If you look at a networking switch, the ports all look the same. HP puts their money into research and development to make their products work better and to design their products and software to work with other manufacturers. Sometimes the monetary costs are a little bit more, but the value is so much greater. Users save so much money in the long run. It becomes the ROI that they should look for, not the cheapest product available.

Q: Keeping tight budgets in mind, can you give one or two tips to help IT departments get their projects started on the right foot? How can they set a good foundation and get their network to where it can handle all of the demands that we have laid out today?

A: As everybody knows, no one has all of the same networking equipment in their network; it’s mixed amongst different vendors. HP realized that and designed IMC so that it will work with every manufacturer. It is really a great product for the future. Things are going to evolve, IT departments are going to introduce new devices into their network, and IMC is always introducing new devices that it supports. IT departments can be confi dent in this product. Another tip would be to always futureproof your network. A lot of people choose “the least expensive as long as it works.” I recommend that people remember that the core of their network is going to soon be their edge. Make sure that that you are able to reposition that core out to the edge rather than do a rip-and-replace and change everything at once. That just creates a whole new network when there doesn’t need to be one. Make sure that when you buy something for your network it can be repositioned at another time.

To learn more about HP Networking products and the services available to help you plan a successful network upgrade, contact your Account Manager today.



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