Aruba Networks

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Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Industry Computer networking
Founded Sunnyvale, California, USA (2002)
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Key people
Dominic Orr (CEO)
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)
Parent Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (formerly Aruba Networks), is a networking vendor selling enterprise wireless LAN and edge access networking equipment.[4] The company has over 1,800 employees and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Its core products are access points (APs), mobility controllers, and network management software using their AirWave Wireless management product.


Aruba was founded in 2002 by Keerti Melkote and Pankaj Manglik. The company had venture capital investments 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]

In May 2009, the company introduced the Virtual Branch Network (VBN) family of products targeting branch offices and remote locations. According to the Dell'Oro Report published in 2011, the firm was second in market share in the wireless LAN market.[7] It had the second largest market share of 802.11ac access points in 2014.[8]

On March 2, 2015, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would acquire Aruba for $2.7 billion.[9] On May 19, 2015, HP completed the acquisition for a transaction value of $3 billion. Aruba was combined into the HP Networking business within HP’s Enterprise Group organization.[10]

In March 2015, Aruba introduced the 7000 series of cloud services controllers, which combines wireless, wired and WAN services; supports up to 24 Ethernet ports and 64 APs; and features integrated WAN compression, health checks, zero-touch configuration, and policy-based routing. The 7000 series also integrates with Microsoft's Lync Server 2013 mobile unified communications (UC) solution, via certification for Lync software-defined networking (SDN) API.[11]

Gartner positioned HP and Aruba as a leader in their 2015 Wired and WLAN Access Infrastructure Magic Quadrant Report.[12] According to Gartner’s 2015 Critical Capabilities report, Aruba led all of the wireless LAN access categories and with the addition of HP’s Ethernet switching line, was a close second in wired only.[13]


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