Briefly: HP goes SDN; el cheapo tablets

A bold new direction for HP as the company plans to create a smartphone style developer’s kit and app store for enterprise level customers toying with software-defined networking.

The company says it plans to build what it calls an ‘ecosystem’ around SDN or more precisely its SDN controllers and OpenFlow, the company’s SDN protocol. However HP emphasises its plans are open and the technologies will support other equipment maker’s kit.

Software-defined networks are the next big thing, but it is still relatively new so HP’s early move into the space is borderline visionary. Of course the support of a major player like HP means SDN is more likely to take off.

What’s interesting for entrepreneurial tech-savvy New Zealanders is the software development kit and app store lowers the barriers to entry into what could become a gold mine.

The developer’s kit is due to land next month while the app store is expected to open for business early in the new year.