Aruba Shows Off HPE Integration With New Networking Offerings
In another move, Aruba officials introduced AirWave 8.2, which enables enterprises to improve the performance of the network by more proactively prioritizing which workloads get airtime. Enhancements to AirWave's VisualRF feature time-lapse visualization of WiFi coverage up to 24 hours to let network engineers more quickly find problems in coverage. The latest release of Aruba's ClearPass Policy Manager, 6.6, drives greater network security at a time when more mobile devices—particularly through trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and IoT—are coming on to the networks. Through enhancements to ClearPass, network security operators can more easily create policies that can adapt more quickly to changing demands, including enabling custom profiling for un-categorized connected devices, multi-factor authentication on mobile devices for network use, and improved forensics into security events. It also can integrate with next-generation firewalls from Arista Networks and multi-factor authentication technologies from Duo Security and ImageWare. Aruba also introduced new multi-gigabit 330 Series Wave 2 APs that use HPE's Smart Rate technology that ensure maximum network performance to bandwidth-intensive applications and latency-sensitive applications, such as Microsoft Skype for Business and WiFi calling, officials said. The APs include ClientMatch technology, which ensures that the Wave 2-capable mobile device can use the multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) standard. In addition, the APs come with integrated Bluetooth Low Energy to manage battery-powered Aruba Beacons, which enables users to offer improved location-based services. Aruba's 3810 Switch Series uses HPE's Smart Rate technology to enable enterprise to offer data rates of 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 Gb/s.
The new 3810 switches and existing Aruba 2539, 2920 and 5400R campus switches also use the new ArubaOS-Switch, a unified operating system that combines the best features of the ArubaOS and HPE ProvisionOS operating systems.