HPE Aruba ‘Mobile First’ Provides Instant Insights into How Clouds, Networks Impact Mobile, IoT Apps
Hewlett Packard Enterprise execs say that mobile and IoT apps deserve better and smarter network services. HPE Aruba’s Mobile First Platform offers a software layer that will provide instant insights into how networks affect app performance and operations.
Hewlett Packard Enterprises says the successful push into the Connected World needs to expand focus beyond mobile apps, intelligent devices and phone OSes. Better, more adaptive networks – internal, remote or cloud, also need to be part of the equation.
With this in mind, HPE Aruba is taking steps to provide mobile and IoT stakeholders in-depth and real-time insights from networks. HPE’s Aruba Mobile First Platform is a software layer that captures valuable data benefiting developers, IT operations and line of business managers. It uses APIs to easily enable users to access it, according to HPE Aruba’s Vice President of Marketing Chris Kozup.
HPE execs says that for companies to better guarantee success with their mobile and IoT initiatives, they need easier access to deeper visibility -- and even instant insights -- into how networks affect app performance and operations.
“To support today’s mobile first and rapidly developing IoT environment, networks must deliver more than connectivity,” Kozup said in a statement. “The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions are over. Modern networks must be able to easily adapt to new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, networks can help organizations justify future digital technology investments.”
Recent updates to the Aruba ClearPass policy manager are a key part of HPE Aruba Mobile First Platform’s ability to deliver these deep insights. A new set of ClearPass extensions aim to make it easier to integrate with cloud-hosted technology services. Partners can now place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows.
The Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks.
ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure. IT can upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can enable policy management and quality control for apps without network upgrades or downtime.
The HPE Aruba Mobile First Platform takes advantage of a wide array of contextual information that the Aruba infrastructure can collect from mobile and IoT devices. Based on data collected about users, devices, applications and location, the HPE Aruba Mobile First Platform can customize networking functions dynamically in real-time.
As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities, Kozup said.
Intel Security integrates its McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) with the HPE Aruba ClearPass to let users check the status of a device. Working together, the two technologies provide unified management of endpoint, automated access policy and end-to-end visibility.
By year end, Microsoft will integrate Intune EMM (enterprise mobility management) via ClearPass extensions to help companies ensure only managed and compliant devices connect to corporate networks.
In a blog post, Kozup provided perspective on three types of connections that drive mobile success, especially among ‘mobile-first’ users:
“Successful organizations not only attract the best talent, they get the most out of it. Increasingly, great talent is to be found in the GenMobile population – those individuals who have grown up with a mobile first outlook and who expect the companies they work for to take a mobile first approach. Unlike the baby boomers, Gen X or Gen Y, GenMobile isn’t confined to an age group. They can be anyone, of any age, who takes a mobile first approach to their work and life.
Connecting with GenMobile and ensuring they’re happy and productive is important to the success of your company. In my experience, GenMobile wants three things: control of the device and the app, control over working hours and working location; to collaborate. “
HPE Aruba integrated several software components into the Aruba Mobile First Platform:
Network Controls and Policy Enforcement: The foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via an API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 simplifies infrastructure changes and network scale.
Increased Network and Application Access Control: Extensions to the Arubu ClearPass network policy manager platform aim to make it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services. Partners can simply place their software into a repository, without major code changes, that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows.
Indoor Location Services: Aruba Mobile First Platform adds Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform. This lets businesses gather insights about the success (or failure) of mobile / IoT engagement campaigns.
Cloud Networking for Distributed Enterprises: With a multi-tenant architecture and the new managed services portal, Aruba Central allows resellers to rapidly create custom-branded managed services, deliver value-added services to existing customers and tap into new opportunities. Current customers and partners can easily add Aruba Central to their systems via APIs.
Along with mobile-optimized network technologies, HPE Aruba is also introducing its ‘Partner Ready for Networking’ program.
With a program “laser-focused on networking,” HPE will provide partners a range of mobile-first networking advantages, discounts and other benefits to promote ease of doing business, according to Donna Grothjan, vice president of worldwide channels for HPE Aruba.