HP rolled out new software-defined networking (SDN) tools and hardware this week, including access point upgrades and a new solution for managing hybrid cloud networks. The element that particularly caught our attention? The ability to manage traffic so that communications from Microsoft Lync receive higher priority.
HP's access points have expanded its support for OpenFlow, which allows traffic prioritisation, across its switch and access point range. "We're now releasing a network optimiser for Lync. We can tune the network and give greater performance around that area," HP Australia country manager for networking Raymond Maisano told Lifehacker.
Prioritisation ensures voice quality for Lync calls even when there are competing network traffic demands. Similar enhancements for other communications platforms are expected later in the year.