Aruba Shows Off HPE Integration With New Networking Offerings
At Aruba's user conference, officials unveil a range of integrated wired and wireless networking software that take advantage of the best of both Aruba and HPE.LAS VEGAS—Aruba Networks, a year after being acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is rolling out an array of integrated wired and wireless networking software and hardware that leverages the technology of both companies to address the growing trends of an increasingly mobile workforce, the Internet of things and cloud-based apps. On the first day of the company's Atmosphere 2016 user conference here March 8, Aruba officials introduced new and enhanced network management software, wireless access points and switches that they said will help enterprises meet the growing demands of so-called GenMobile workers and the proliferation of connected devices that are making up the Internet of things (IoT). The new offerings also illustrate the complementary capabilities that officials with both Aruba and Hewlett-Packard—which became Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in November 2015 when the company split in two—highlighted during the user conference last year. Then, Aruba officials spent much of the time easing the concerns of customers who had just learned of the $3 billion acquisition. HPE came to the deal with strengths in wired networking and hopes of creating a more converged portfolio by adding Aruba's wireless expertise. Much of the past year has been spent bringing the companies' product lineups together, according to Christian Gilby, director of product marketing at Aruba.
"The thing we focused on was integration," Gilby told eWEEK. "You've got to integrate and integrate fast."