Aruba Rises to IoT Networking Challenge

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    Aruba, a unit of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), at a HPE Discover conference today moved to secure the networks that tie together Internet of Things (IoT) environments.

    A new Aruba ClearPass Universal Profiler automatically discovers and fingerprints all IP-enabled managed, unmanaged and IoT devices on both wired and wireless networks, including the device type, operating system, status and location. Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager can then be employed to automatically authenticate those devices as well as enforce policies.

    Just as significantly, Nigel Upton, director and general manager for IoT for HPE, says information gathered from those devices can be used to fine-tune performance and enhance security, in addition to being shared with complementary third-party products capable of providing additional analysis to identify anomalies.

    “We’re creating a common data model for IoT devices,” says Upton.


    Aruba also unveiled today a new 2540 series of Layer 3 switches that IT organizations can segment on a user or port basis to set up tunnels on a wired network using an Aruba Mobility Controller. Those switches can be provisioned via the cloud or locally.

    Aruba today also turned its attention to the IoT needs of carriers. A HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler automates tasks associated with provisioning and billing for cellular network services, while a HPE Universal IoT Platform manages all the devices connected to those networks.

    When a wave of high-profile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are still fresh in the minds of most IT professionals, Aruba is looking to provide IT organizations with the means to better secure those devices. The issue now will be determining who inside the organization is actually going to be responsible for securing those IoT devices.



    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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