HPE Aruba Unveils First-Ever Integrated Networking Solutions

By CIOReview | Friday, March 18, 2016

Fremont, CA: Aiming at the enterprise market, Aruba Networks, the $3 billion Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired Networking firm, has launched its first-ever integrated networking technologies, reports Mark Haranas, crn.com.

“HPE Aruba launched a new suite of integrated networking and software solutions enabling enterprises to provide solutions to the rise of digitization, bring your own device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things,” said Christian Gilby, Director, Product Marketing, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

The new line of solutions consist multi-gigabit Aruba access points with HPE Smart Rate technology, a software module for Aruba AirWave network management, ClearPath Policy Manager Version 6.6, and ArubaOS-Switch. The ClearPath Policy Manager Version 6.6 provides security teams the ability to create policies that adapt to BYOD growth and the challenges around Internet of Things adoption. The new version also offers custom device profiling for any uncategorized connected device, multifactor authentication on mobile devices for network usage and deeper forensics into security incidents, according to the company.

From the company sources, ArubaOS-Switch offers integrated features and capabilities from the ArubaOS and HPE ProvisionOS operating systems. It powers the 3810 series and existing portfolio of Aruba 2530, 2920 and 5400R campus switches. The OS enables real-time programmability without sacrificing line-rate packet-forwarding performance.

According to data from Synergy Research Group, at present Cisco, the running competitor of HPE Aruba dominates in the enterprise when the worldwide switching and router revenue hits $41 billion in 2015. Cisco owned nearly 62 percent of the enterprise switching market in the fourth quarter of 2015. It also captured 69 percent market share in the enterprise routing market for the same quarter.

Providing maximum performance to bandwidth-intensive applications as well as high quality for latency-sensitive applications, such as Microsoft Skype for Business and Wi-Fi calling, Aruba is also launching new 802.11ac Wave 2 access points integrated with HPE Smart Rate technology. The latest access points consist of integrated Bluetooth Low Energy. Further, the Aruba 3810 switch series utilizes Smart Rate and offers data rates of 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps.

HPE Aruba has also unveiled Aruba Clarity, a new software-monitoring module for Aruba's latest AirWaves 8.2 network management. Both, AirWave 8.2 and Clarity will become available later this month.