I have a lasting impression of 16th March 2015. I was seated in the audience at HP’s Global Partner Conference when Meg Whitman brought Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks onto the stage.
My first impression was that here was a man full of energy and an acute understanding of next generation networking. The Aruba product set and strategy has been to enable devices at the end point to add real value to ICT departments by offering a different level of control and perceived value by the end user.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Aruba acquisition brings a rich portfolio to HPN. The key will now be how HP integrate this to the current product set so that partners and customers realise the best value.
Clearly as HP drives towards their separation in the last quarter of this calendar year having a mature offering around networking is key to HPE’s success moving forward. Networking as whole is on the tipping point of change as we move to a digital first world. The IoT is driving significant change through the consumer and this is rubbing off in the enterprise.
Just as Apple have forced change in the mind set as to what is and is not acceptable about the consumption models around IT, then IoT is challenging the network as to how we can do more. Aruba are right at the tip of the spear with this regard.
If they only bring half their enthusiasm and pioneering strategy to challenge what is and what is not acceptable around networking then HP’s portfolio will improve dramatically. HP’s customers and partners can look forward to driving very different conversations around “the plumbing” and drive innovation into businesses moving forward.
My name is Iain Mobberley and I’m OCSL’s Technology Director. I’m passionate about IT and lead our Talking Business IT Discussion Group. I’m available to answer queries and offer advice on everything Datacentre to Desktop.