HP Networking

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HP Networking
Type Division of Hewlett-Packard
Industry Computer Networks
Key people Meg Whitman (President, CEO and Chairman of HP)
Bethany Mayer (SVP, GM of HP Networking)
Products Network hardware
Parent Hewlett-Packard
Website www.hp.com/networking

HP Networking is the networking division of Hewlett-Packard, within the HP Enterprise Business segment. HP's networking division was previously known as HP ProCurve. In April 2010, following HP's acquisition of 3Com Corporation, HP combined the ProCurve and 3Com entities as HP Networking.


HP Networking was formed in April 2010 as the combination of these entities.[1][2]

  • HP ProCurve. Based in Roseville, CA, USA. Developer of networking switches and wireless solutions. Global sales.
  • The acquired 3Com Corporation. Based in Marlborough, MA, USA. Global sales outside of China.
  • The 3Com division H3C Technologies Co., Ltd. Based in HangZhou, China. Developer of networking switches, routers, telephony and wireless solutions. Sales within China.
  • The 3Com division TippingPoint. Based in Austin, Texas. Developer of networking security solutions, particularly intrusion prevention systems. Global sales.


HP has been in the networking and switching business for decades.[3] The HP division that became the HP ProCurve division began in Roseville, CA, in 1979. Originally it was part of HP’s Data Systems Division (DSD) and known as DSD-Roseville. Later, it was called the Roseville Networks Division (RND), then the Workgroup Networks Division (WND), before becoming the ProCurve Networking Business (PNB). The trademark filing date for the ProCurve name was February 25, 1998.[4] On August 11, 2008 HP announced the acquisition of Colubris Networks, manufacturer of wireless capabilities, such as 802.11n. This completed on October 1, 2008[5] On November 11, 2009, HP announced its intent to acquire 3Com Corporation for $2.7B.[6] In April 2010, HP completed its acquisition.[7]

Product Highlights[edit]

HP Networking (HPN) sells networking products for businesses, schools and government entities.

Click here for a comprehensive list of HP Networking products.

At Interop Las Vegas in April 2010, HP began publicly using HP Networking as the name for its networking division and outlined how products would be branded under the new entity.[8]

  • A-Series: Data center, campus and branch network switches and routers. Predominantly heritage H3C.
  • E-Series: Campus and branch network switches, voice, and wireless products. Mix of heritage ProCurve and 3Com.
  • V-Series: Small business smart managed and unmanaged switches and wireless products. Mix of heritage ProCurve and 3Com.
  • S-Series: Enterprise and small business security products. Heritage TippingPoint.
  • H3C: Brand for sales into China.

Technologies include:


HP Networking offers product, solution and sales orientated training, which can be found here.

HP AllianceONE Program[edit]

In January 2009 Hewlett Packard launched the ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) Alliance, and a programmable module which hosts partner applications from IP telephony to network management[9] This multivendor alliance program objective was to optimize performance of enterprise-class applications with the then ProCurve's (now HP Networking) infrastructure.[10]

In April 2010 HP combined the ProCurve ONE alliance program with the programs from 3Com and Tipping Point, and programs from the rest of HP's Enterprise Business to create a new program called HP AllianceONE.[11]


HP Networking provides a lifetime warranty on some of its products with next business day advanced shipment. This was seen as a Unique Selling Point, until other networking vendors offered similar warranty on part of their product lines.

User Community[edit]

There are three forums for HP Networking Users existing at the HP IT Resource Center:

Open Networking Foundation[edit]

HP Networking is a founding member of the Open Networking Foundation started on March 23, 2011. Other founding companies include Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and 17 other companies. The nonprofit organization is focused on providing support for a new cloud computing initiative called Software-Defined Networking.[12] The initiative is meant to speed innovation through simple software changes in telecommunications networks, wireless networks, data centers and other networking areas.[13]


  1. ^ "Saar Gillai on what 3Com brings to HP - Interop 2010". HP. April 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "HP Networking Emerges". The Register. April 19, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Enterprise (also ChannelRegister.com: “Why Cisco should merge with Dell.”Timothy Prickett Morgan. 23 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Procurve Name Celebrates 10 Years". HP. February 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "HP ProCurve Finalizes Acquisition of Colubris Networks". HP. October 1, 2008. Retrieved Oct 3, 2008. 
  6. ^ "HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion". HP. November 11, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "HP Completes Acquisition of 3Com Corporation, Accelerates Converged Infrastructure Strategy". HP. April 12, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "HP Networking Emerges". The Register. April 19, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ O'Hanlon, Charlene (26-Jan-09). "HP Flexes Data Center Muscle with New Switch". Channel Insider. Retrieved Mar 14, 2009. 
  10. ^ Hickey, Andrew (26-Jan-09). "ProCurve Flicks The Data Center Switch". ChannelWeb. Retrieved Mar 14, 2009. 
  11. ^ "AllianceONE Networking - What a difference a year makes". HP. Dec 31, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ Open Networking Foundation News Release. March 21, 2011.
  13. ^ ComputerWorld: “Google and other titans form Open Networking Foundation.” Noyes, March 23, 2011.

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