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Aruba launches a new mobile first platform for enterprises

Aruba is drawing together six network product offerings to create a new mobile first platform underpinned by APIs.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, introduced software designed to let companies easily add new features and capabilities to its stable of mobile products. Aruba Mobile First Platform, available later this year, blends six existing Aruba products with a set of APIs developers can use to boost automation and to make mobile workers more efficient.

Anchoring the mobile first platform is a new version of the software that underpins Aruba's wireless portfolio. ArubaOS 8 is engineered with new REST APIs that can draw data from the access point (AP) controller, providing better programmability. The OS will now run as a virtual machine, Aruba said, meaning it no longer has to run on dedicated HPE hardware.

Aruba ClearPass security software will rely on a new, unified API library with extensions to enable third-party applications to integrate with its system. The updated version of ClearPass contains a new module called OnConnect designed to onboard IoT devices and set them up on a secured network separate from a user's wireless network.

The mobile first platform also introduces a new version of Aruba Central, the cloud-based software that oversees APs, branch switches and routers. In addition to allowing third-party development through APIs, Central will also be able to manage the functionality of those applications. Central also gets new network analytics tools.

More capability for location services foundation

Aruba Meridian, the company's location-services software, was upgraded with tools that let users share their location with someone else on the network.

The service is provided through a mapping app installed on a mobile device -- and is particularly suited to situations where large crowds gather. It also includes Meridian Goals, a new offering used to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Aruba AirWave, the on-premises management software for APs, and the Aruba Analytics and Location Engine are also part of Aruba Mobile First Platform.

In addition to selling the platform directly to enterprises, HPE is making the upgraded system available as a subscription service, with Accenture and Deloitte among those offering it. AT&T will also provide a scaled-down version of the platform to small and medium-sized businesses.

Pricing for only the Aruba OS 8 virtual mobility controller starts at $6,795 for installations of between 50 and 1,000 APs. There is another version, priced at $10,495, which can handle from 500 to 10,000 APs.

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