Aruba Anticipates the Rise of IoT with New Products

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Aruba has just announced a new suite of integrated networking software and hardware solutions that allow enterprises to address the emergence of a fully digital workplace and what they call, ‘GenMobile’ or the idea of working anytime, anywhere. With the rise of this type of work and lifestyle, connectivity becomes more important than ever as the demand for Internet of Things (IoT) devices escalates.The new portfolio enables IT teams to anticipate and resolve connectivity problems, and create secure policies to build digital workplaces that are optimized to boost employee productivity.

Legacy networking models were built on the concept of static, wired desktop clients communicating with a pool of internal servers, an approach that is outdated in today’s business environment. The proliferation of mobile and IoT devices, as well as cloud-based apps, has caused enterprises to rethink traditional connectivity and mobility requirements to accommodate new workplace behavior, where collaboration and non-routine schedules have become the new normal. As a result, organizations must adjust their approach to implementing employee-centric services to attract and retain top talent.

Aruba’s new set of networking solutions and software-powered approach advance its offering beyond fixed, hardware-focused networking solutions. The new, integrated wired and wireless portfolio, combined with innovations in network management and security, allow IT organizations to design and augment their networks for the digital workplace.

This new suite of products includes the ability to:

  • Predict Wi-Fi connectivity issues before they happen with Aruba Clarity- Aruba Clarity, a new software module for Aruba AirWave network management, delivers powerful and intuitive forensics so that IT teams can anticipate and quickly resolve connectivity problems before the user is affected, rather than troubleshooting after the fact.
  • Secure the network down to the device with powerful enhancements to Aruba ClearPass- The new ClearPass Policy Manager 6.6 release allows security operations teams to create policies that adapt to BYOD growth and the emerging challenges surrounding IoT adoption.
  • Optimize performance with new multi-gigabit wireless and wired networks- The new 3810 Switch Series incorporates HPE Smart Rate technology, allowing enterprises to deliver data rates from 1 / 2.5 / 5 / 10Gbps. With the multi-gigabit capability, the 3810 offers investment protection for IT departments that want to future-proof their network infrastructure as higher capacity wireless technologies emerge, far surpassing the 1Gbps Wi-Fi backhaul limit that exists today.
  • Take action faster with HPE Services- HPE services help bring together key elements to the digital workplace, including strategy, assessment, design, deployment, integration, management, and optimization as well as ongoing support of Aruba networking solutions.

The new multi-gigabit Aruba 330 Series Wave 2 Access Points are available in the second quarter of 2016 and priced at $1,695 U.S. list. The Aruba 3810 Series switches are available today with pricing starting at $4,299 U.S. list. Aruba ClearPass 6.6 is available in April 2016 as a software upgrade with no additional costs for existing customers with valid service contracts. Aruba AirWave 8.2 and the new Aruba Clarity module will be available in March 2016.