Mobility

New Aruba Mobile First Platform could boost IoT security, improve UX

HPE's Aruba released a new platform that leverages APIs to provide better insights about mobile and IoT infrastructure.

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The new Aruba Mobile First Platform could make it easier and faster for businesses to build and integrate mobile and IoT systems, the company announced on Monday. The platform uses APIs to give IT and developers improved insights into their network.

The platform itself is built on ArubaOS 8, which is deployed as a VM. The OS is what provides the additional insights to developers, as it is designed to help capture and utilize more contextual information from infrastructure components, a press release said.

According to press release: "ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime."

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"ArubaOS 8 and the Aruba Mobile First Platform allow us to centrally manage and push network configurations without the need for new hardware appliances," Sean O'Connor, CISO at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said in a press release.

Aruba's ClearPass Policy Manager is also getting some new extensions as part of its integration with the platform. The extensions allow developers to create automated workflows, by leveraging software in a repository through an API, the press release said. The goal is to improve insights, but also to better the potential for third-party integrations on the platform.

The Meridian Mobile App Platform also got some updates with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities and a new Goals feature. Goals collects the analytics from the BLE capabilities and helps businesses understand how well (or poorly) a specific mobile program worked.

As part of this same announcement, Aruba also introduced the Partner Ready for Networking program, which aims to help partners more clearly understand the revenue potential for mobile and IoT initiatives.

In an additional mobile and IoT push, Aruba also announced that it was changing its network consumption model to a per month, instead of per year, structure. In a press release, Aruba noted that the move to a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) model will make it easier for customers to use IoT and cloud services.

The new Aruba Mobile First Platform, along with the complement updates to the other products and services from Aruba, will be available in Q4 of the 2016 calendar year.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HPE's Aruba recently unveiled its Mobile First Platform, a developer platform that could make it easier to glean insights from mobile and IoT deployments in the enterprise.
  2. The new platform came with a host of updates to other Aruba products such as ArubaOS 8, the Meridian Mobile App Platform, and ClearPass.
  3. Aruba also announced that it was moving to a per month network consumption model, in an effort to make it easier for customers to budget for cloud services and IoT tools.

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