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Aruba's new products improve wireless connections

Matt Hamblen | March 9, 2016
The HPE subsidiary's wireless LAN sports speeds up to 1.7 Gbps

Another software upgrade -- which will be free for existing customers -- is Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager 6.6. It will let IT teams beef up security with multi-factor authentication on mobile devices and more detailed forensics about security breaches.

Munro said his company should be able to benefit from the purchase of Aruba by HP last May, since Pacific Life owns both HP data center servers as well as Aruba gear.

Aruba-HPE is the top competitor to Cisco in mobile networking products; Cisco has about 47% of the market compared to 17% for Aruba-HPE according to Infonetics Research. Ruckus Wireless, Aerohive Networks and Zebra Technologies each have less than 10% market share.

"The ability to have better visibility into network health is an important step for managing networks," said Matthias Machowinski, an analyst at Infonetics. "You can buy standalone tools from third party vendors, but Aruba is making [management] simple to deploy as an add-on module via their management platform."

Aruba's approach "appears to be veering toward the territory of predictive analytics and self-healing and self-optimization," added Nolan Greene, an analyst at IDC. Such features are what other network vendors are moving towards, "but Aruba-HPE will be an early announcer and is truly rethinking how to optimize the campus network for mobile-first users, which is unique."


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