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Aruba Introduces New Secure, AI-Powered Mobility Innovations for the Experience Edge

New Series of 802.11ax Access Points,
802.11ax(Wi-Fi6)-optimized Switches, and AI-Powered Software to Give
Organizations a Secure, Autonomous Network for the Mobile, Cloud and IoT Era

HONG KONG, CHINA -
Media Outreach- November 14,
2018 -
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE:
HPE), today announced a
new family of
802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) IoT-ready wireless access points
(APs) and
complementary access switches, along with innovations in security, intelligent
power management, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered automation and
service assurance, to deliver the performance, simplicity and reliability that
organizations need to give users exceptional digital experiences.

The new wireless APs support the latest Wi-Fi
standard and are the first to be Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) certified for the new
WPA3 and Enhanced Open security standards to provide stronger encryption and
simpler IoT security configuration.

Aruba is also the first Wi-Fi vendor to
integrate Bluetooth5, the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless
communication standard, into its APs combined with an integrated Zigbee
radio. These new capabilities enable IoT use cases, such as smart door locks
and electronic shelf labels, while Bluetooth5 delivers user-aware indoor
location allowing IT to create personalized experiences.

In addition, Aruba is delivering industry-first power
management innovations allowing customers to preserve their existing PoE switch
investments while significantly reducing AP power consumption during
off-peakhours. These unique features include Intelligent Power Monitoring, a
capability delivered by Aruba Operating System (AOS) 8, and NetInsight Green
AP, part of Aruba's AI-powered analytics and assurance solution.

Enabling the Experience Edge


Enterprises preparing for the future of work must offer engaging,
consumer-like experiences and deliver technologies that enable, rather than
hinder, streamlined work execution, according to Gartner
[1].

Kenneth Ma, director and general manager of Hong Kong and
Macau, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said: "Organizations
are already experiencing crowded or overlapping coverage networks. The new
802.11ax Wi-Fi standards solve these issues and improve overall transmission
efficiency, throughput as well as user experience. In verticals such as
hospitality, retail, education, healthcare and large public venue,
the upgrade provides better performance and enhanced Wi-Fi coexistence to
accommodate to different needs of different applications or devices- be it
voice, video, data or IOT".

The network at the edge is what connects people and IoT to
this digital world. To enable these new experiences, the
technology must be able to deliver improved and consistent service to
address growing business demands and heightened user expectations. This requires
not only a state-of-the-art network, but also the ability
for technology to proactively anticipate issues in an ever-changing
environment before they impact users and the business.

To meet these new demands, Aruba is
introducing the following new products and innovations:

  • The

    Aruba
    510 Series APs

    , a new series of 802.11ax, IoT-ready APs, with
    advanced security, AI-powered RF optimization, intelligent power
    monitoring, and integrated Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 radios.
  • The

    Aruba
    2930M access switches

    , with support for the 802.3bt standard to
    provide higher power PoE (up to 60 watts per port), a requirement for some
    high-end 802.11ax APs.
  • Support
    for Wi-Fi Alliance WPA3 and Enhanced Open Security Standards

    to
    deliver state-of-the-art device security. Aruba is the first vendor in the
    industry to receive WFA certification for these new standards.
  • Green
    AP, a unique, new feature of
    NetInsight,

    Aruba's
    AI-powered analytics and assurance solution, that dynamically powers down
    APs when user devices are not present, offsetting the increased power
    requirements associated with select 11ax APs.


Leveraging Aruba's Rich Heritage to Bring Intelligence to
the Network


An effective AI solution requires expertise, clean data to
feed the algorithms that deliver network automation and assurance, and
real-world experiences to validate the solution's effectiveness. Aruba has
a unique advantage over many competitors, including 16 years of Wi-Fi
expertise, with learnings and best practices built into the AI algorithms from
the largest edge networks in the world and from millions of installed APs to
deliver secure, autonomous network operations.

The new 510 Series APs work in concert with Aruba NetInsight
to proactively monitor the network, generating actionable insights and
recommendations based on peer comparisons and benchmarks, and
applying themto the network autonomously. This allows businesses to
deliver the kind of improved performance and efficiency needed for today's
highly mobile and IoT-centricbusinesses, while continually improving
experiences for their users and customers.

Built for IoT with Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 Integration


The Aruba 510 series is the industry's first set of 802.11ax
APs with integrated support for Zigbee and Bluetooth 5, enabling Aruba
customers to support 74% of IoT devices. Having all three wireless technologies
available in a single APgives customers powerful, extensive connectivity.  In
addition, customers can significantly reduce both their capital and operational
expenditures since the Aruba infrastructure with Zigbee integration eliminates
the need to deploy and operate a separate network.

Smart Energy Management with Green AP and Intelligent
Power Monitoring


As higher performance 802.11ax APs
handle more devices and traffic, they will also consume more power.
In addition, network architects generally design AP configurations for the
highest capacity scenarios, and these combined factors mean that many
organizations are confronted with rising power costs.

Green AP, a new feature of NetInsight,
allows technology organizations to intelligently manage APs to reduce
power consumption by up to 72% dramatically lowering costs, while supporting
social responsibility. Using Green AP, APs can be automatically turned on or
off based on utilization, resulting in significant energy costs savings
and creating an environmentally-friendly network.

Additionally, Aruba's Intelligent Power Monitoring
(IPM) actively measures the power utilization of an AP and dynamically
adapts to the available power resources. Technology organizations can
define and prioritize which capabilities to disable when an AP is operating
over its power budget. IPM will begin taking power reduction steps autonomously
as defined by the priority definition until the AP is operating within the
power budget.

State-of-the-Art Security with WPA3 and Enhanced Open


Aruba is the first networking vendor to release products
that have received WPA3 and Enhanced Open certifications from the Wi-Fi
Alliance. With support for WPA3 and Enhanced Open, Aruba's new suite of 11ax
APs can deliver the security enterprises need as more users, devices and things
join their networks.

WPA3 adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable
more robust authentication, and deliver increased strength for industries
with highly sensitive data, such as government or finance. Wi-Fi Enhanced
Open complements the security WPA3 delivers by improving data privacy while
maintaining ease-of-use in open public networks where user authentication is
notrequired, such as local coffee shops, airports and stadiums.


Availability


The Aruba 510 Series APs will be available in HK soon. The
Aruba 2930M access switch is available now. The new version of NetInsight with
Green AP will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

Supporting Quotes


Home to the Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium is
located in Charlotte, North Carolina and supports more than 75,000 fans.

"Our fans expect an outstanding connected stadium
experience," said James Hammond, Director of Information Technology for
the Carolina Panthers. "In order to continue to deliver that experience,
we need to prepare for the future demands on our network which is why we're
evaluating Aruba's .11ax APs to support new applications and greater IoT and
mobile device density requirements."

CSPI is a Florida-based solutions provider helping customers
meet the performance, availability and security requirements of their network,
applications and services.

"The real value in the Aruba 802.11ax solution is that
the infrastructure is leveraged with automation and IoT in mind," said
Peter Kaufman, Vice President, Advanced Technologies, CSPi. "By using
NetInsight and new IoT protocols like Zigbee, our customers will be able to
create the autonomous experiences they want while delivering
performance-stringent applications and securely connecting IoT devices over
Wi-Fi with ease."

Zunesis is a Colorado-based IT Solution Provider and Value
Added Reseller (VAR) that delivers end-to-end infrastructure solutions, IT
business solutions, and IT professional and consulting services in the Western
United States.

"Our customers are seeing a major increase in IoT use
cases resulting in additional requirements for the network and IT," said
Steve Shaffer, Founder and CEO, Zunesis. "A significant benefit of the
Aruba 802.11ax solution is that it's built with integrated IoT connectivity
capabilities. Having one hardware platform with Aruba that supports Zigbee and
Bluetooth 5 will help eliminate the need for separate IoT networks, allowing
organization to get more out of their infrastructure investment while reducing
IT overhead."

About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company


Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading
provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes
worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to
serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based
business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

To learn more, visit Aruba at

http://www.arubanetworks.com
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[1]

Gartner, Cool Vendors in
Employee Engagement and Enablement in the Digital Workplace, September 2018,
ID: G00355285

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