Mark Peters and I are looking forward to joining more than 3,000 networking and security professionals at the HPE Aruba Atmosphere conference being held next week under the glittery lights of Las Vegas. It will be great to hear about the latest developments from the Aruba team – which, according to last quarter’s published earnings results, showed strong results, posting a 9% increase. This is the group responsible for driving innovation in campus networks, wireless LAN, and security solutions. I can’t help but think that one of the key reasons this acquisition by HPE has gone smoothly and has been able to achieve impressive growth is because its founder (Keerti Melkote) stayed with the company during the transition and is committed to keeping the company’s culture intact.
More specifically, I am looking forward to hearing about Aruba’s plans for the intelligent edge over the upcoming year. With IoT continuing to evolve and direct-to-cloud initiatives driving more security at ROBOs, greater demand for open, connected workspaces and analytics is playing a larger role at the edge. As such, there are certainly plenty of opportunities to address. Not to mention the 802.11ax train that will be arriving soon. Well, not too soon. While I don’t expect to see any serious enterprise deployments until late 2018 -- and more likely early 2019 – it is a good time to start thinking and talking about it to plan for new deployments. The key thought should be ‘How will 802.11ax enable my company to grow?’
More importantly, I am looking forward to speaking with several HPE Aruba customers (aka Airheads) to see what they think of HPE Aruba’s plans for the next year. Stay tuned for more on the event next week and look for some new video blogs as Mark Peters and I hit the show floor with our camera and mics.