Which HP Switches will run OpenFlow?


Every once in awhile someone reaches out to me wondering if the older HP Provision switch they have is OF capable or should they just through it in the garbage. 

One of the easiest way to decide on blog post is “If you’ve been asked the same question more than three times…”. 

EDIT:  These switches can all run OpenFlow1.3.  Table sizes vary per model. Check the release notes and product documentation for specifics around what of the optional OF1.3 spec is covered. (hint: None of these switches support MPLS ) 

Stackable Swiches

HP 3500yl

HP 6600

HP 2920

HP 3800

Chassis Switches

HP 5400zl

HP 8200zl

 

Getting OpenFlow Code

So pretty much all of these switches have the HP warranty, which means you should be able to get code for all of them from the HP support website. Easiest way is to go to http://www.hp.com/networking/support and should be good to go. It may be that all of these switches are covered under the warranty, but I didn’t verify, so I’ll leave that you to. 🙂 

 

Happy NewYears!

@netmanchris

 

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3 thoughts on “Which HP Switches will run OpenFlow?

  1. That’s a less than comprehensive list. The Comware 12xxx, 11900, 10500, 59xxx, 5700, 5500EI/HI and 5130 series switches all support OpenFlow. All of them (except the 5130 and 5500EI) also support MPLS.

    How MPLS interacts with OpenFlow is something I will be learning shortly 🙂

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