Aruba Networks

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Aruba Networks, an HP company
Industry Computer networking
Founded Sunnyvale, California, USA (2002)
Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA
Key people

Dominic Orr, President Keerti Melkote, Co- Founder & CTO

Pankaj Manglik, Co- Founder & Past CEO
Revenue IncreaseUS$600M (FY 2013)[1]
DecreaseUS$-32.6M (FY 2010)[2]
DecreaseUS$-34.0M (FY 2010)[2]
Total assets IncreaseUS$251M (FY 2010)[3]
Total equity IncreaseUS$151M (FY 2010)[3]
Number of employees
1,200 (2012)

Aruba Networks, an HP company designs and delivers mobility-defined networks that empower a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. As a networking vendor selling enterprise wireless LAN and edge access networking equipment, in conjunction with [4] HP data center networking products, Aruba provides enterprises with an automated and programmable cloud-ready infrastructure to expedite IT service delivery. The results are a more efficient network infrastructure which allows enterprises to realize the full financial and operational benefits of the cloud. Aruba Networks’ core products are access points (APs), mobility controllers, and network management software through the Aruba AirWave Management Platform. The company has over 1,800 employees and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

According to the Dell'Oro Report published in Q211, Aruba ranked #2 in market share in the wireless LAN market.[4]

In May 2009, the company introduced the Virtual Branch Network (VBN) family of products targeting branch offices and remote locations.

Corporate history[edit]

Aruba was founded in 2002 by Keerti Melkote and Pankaj Manglik. The company was venture backed by Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. In 2005, it entered into an agreement to provide OEM equipment to Alcatel-Lucent.[5] Aruba went public in March 2007. It acquired the wireless security business of Network Chemistry later that year. In 2008 it purchased AirWave Wireless, a vendor of wireless network management software.[6]

On March 2, 2015, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would acquire Aruba for $2.7 Bn.[7]

On May 19, 2015, HP completed the acquisition of Aruba Networks for a transaction value of $3 billion. Aruba is now wholly owned by HP and has been combined into the HP Networking business within HP’s Enterprise Group organization. [8]


Aruba offers Wi-Fi-branded products such as access points, wireless controllers and software. Aruba sells products under their own brandname and as OEM products from other vendors, such as the Dell PowerConnect W-series products.[9]

Access Points[edit]

Wireless access points from Aruba are targeted at the corporate market and support the IEEE 802.11n and IEEE 802.11ac standards. Some APs can use external antennas both for improved indoor-coverage or outdoor usage. One model AP is weather-proof to be used with up to 4 external antennas. All Aruba access points offer ARM: Adaptive Radio Management, integrated security features, integrated spectrum analysis and support mesh features for campus-wide deployment.[citation needed]

Instant Access Points[edit]

The Aruba Instant solution uses a dynamically-elected access point to distribute a network over the air. There are five AP series and two Remote Access Point series that offer: Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, built-in security features, easy set-up and software updating, and no deployment limits.[10]

Mesh Routers[edit]

Aruba offers 4 models of mesh-router. These mesh-routers are access-points with integrated OSI layer 3 routing. Most models are to be used with external antennas and designed for outdoor use and optimized to be used for wireless security cameras.[11]

Remote Access Points[edit]

For small branches or working from home Aruba offers RAPs: Remote Access Points that communicate with Aruba's Mobility Controller. There are several RAPs: small single-radio AP's, a wired-only device and multi-user wired/wireless models.[12]

Mobility Access Switches[edit]

The S2500 and S3500 Mobility Access switches are 24 or 48 port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches for use with Access Points. Management can be done via a dedicated out of band 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet port.[13]

Mobility Controllers[edit]

Mobility controllers are used for a central organization-wide management of all access-points and users. For smaller environments APs with built-in controllers are available for up to 512 users. For larger organisations Aruba offers the 6000 series for up to 20 Gbit/s total bandwidth or the 7200 series with a maximum of 32,768 users. The controllers offer access authentication, managed encryption, radio-spectrum analysis and firewall-features.[14]


Some Aruba access-points can use external antennas. A wide range of indoor and outdoor antennas are available, supporting different frequency-ranges, directional and omni-directional.[15]


Aruba has software-products for use with their hardware. Aruba's own operating system runs on all Aruba access-points and mobility controllers.[citation needed]


ArubaOS runs on the Mobility Controllers. As additional components RFProtect + WIP[16] and a Policy Enforcement Firewall[17] are available.

Network access control and policy management[edit]

Based on today's GenMobile workforce and the propensity to carry multiple devices, Aruba ClearPass allows administrators to create policies that include authentication workflows with authorization privileges per user and/or device. Hardware and virtual server options let any SMB or large enterprise to differentiate access for employees, contractors, guests, students regardless of industry or access method - wired, wireless or VPN. The support of multivendor network infrastructure at the enforcement level ensures that ClearPass works in any environment - Aruba, HP, Juniper, Arista Networks, Brocade and even Cisco.

Enterprise RADIUS and TACACS services ensure a clean cut-off of legacy AAA that do not deliver policy, profiling and other built-in services required for todays GenMobile user behavior. Free API and syslog message interoperability (ClearPass Exchange) delivers a fast and simple way to ensure that existing mobile and perimeter security tools (firewalls, MDM, SIEM...)can be leveraged during an entire user/device connection. EcoPartners include Palo Alto networks, MobileIron, AirWatch, IBM, HP, Splunk and others.


Add-on features include Guest, Onboard and OnGuard:

  • Guest offers self-service and sponsor approved guest-registration via web portal for structured Internet connectivity for visitors. Via the portal, authorized (non-IT) staff can then allow a guest to access the network (Internet or parts of the LAN).
  • Onboard provides the ability for users to self-register and configure personal devices for managed access on secure enterprise networks. A built-in CA allows for EAP-TLS-based certificate access to eliminate active directory management for BYOD.
  • OnGuard ensures that laptops and/or computers meet posture requirements before gaining access to enterprise resources. Example include requiring that the latest anti-virus software is installed, USB devices and P2P apps are not running while connected to the enterprise network, etc.

Network management[edit]

AirWave is Aruba's network management platform. It includes three components to deliver the core capabilities for managing a network: operations management with AirWave Management Platform (AMP), visualization and location tracking with VisualRF, and rogue and intrusion detection with RAPIDS, AirWave's Rogue AP Detection Software.[19] AirWave is a multi-vendor multi-architecture tool. It supports wired and wireless infrastructure from manufacturers such as Aruba, Cisco, Motorola/Symbol, and others.[20]

Other software[edit]

Aruba offers other applications such as an outdoor RF planner[21] and mesh-config for configuration of the mesh routers.[citation needed]



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