HPE Series: Aruba Network

Today’s networks need to offer more than connectivity —  they must also keep up with the speed of mobile innovation and provide insights to justify future investments in digital workplaces. Organizations are shifting rapidly to mobility-centric environments for their employees, customers, and students. An increasingly mobile world has produced a new generation, also known as GenMobile, who shape most of their personal and working lives around mobile devices. As a result, enterprise networking needs are exceeding the capabilities of older infrastructure and forcing organizations to think differently about their investments. Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has come out with a new unified suite of hardware and software solutions designed to address the top challenges of modern wireless networks with an emphasis on security, mobile devices, and easy management.

Aruba boasts a highly regarded innovation engine that complements HPE and their leading position in the networking sector. The application ensures stable, reliable, and high-capacity wireless connectivity wherever the user is located, especially beneficial for first responders or ground-level workers in challenging environments. It’s designed to allow IT professionals to build networks that scale with a growing organization, migrating away from costly infrastructures.

Connecting networks in minutes with Zero Touch Provisioning, Aruba products allow automatic addition of new switches and routers. The intuitive dashboard, along with reporting, maintenance, and firmware management make monitoring and troubleshooting effortless. This seamless interface makes for more efficient users and less-stressed administrators.

Aruba further addresses the move towards Digital and the explosion of Big Data with its cloud-first approach feature. With a cloud-first strategy, organizations still have the leverage to maintain critical applications in-house, but can also tap efficiencies that are available on large public platforms.

In challenging environments where minimal connections are available, many have found success using Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs). RAPs are preconfigured to automatically establish an encrypted data tunnel back to the base network, which downloads configurations directly from base for fast and secure processing. This allows remote employees to connect devices without the common irritations of VPN connections, such as new login credentials or rejected connection attempts, which can delay or prevent important task completion.

Over 58,000 customers worldwide have had success with HPE and Aruba at part of their networking solution, and that number continues to grow as the partnership meets the challenging requirements for deployment that scalability, manageability, and feature sets can present. For more information on the Aruba Network, please reference HPE Networking Guide.