As you might have heard, HP has purchased Aruba for approximately $3 billion dollars. The more analysts and IT industry professionals have had a chance to review the purchase, the more they realize that the two fit together like peanut butter and jelly. This is smart and bold move for HP, especially with their HP Enterprise/HP, Inc split.
The completion of this very expensive sandwich has it benefits for IT professionals looking for opportunities to improve their environments.
"Enterprises are facing a mobile-first world and are looking for solutions that help them transition legacy investments to the new style of IT," said Meg Whitman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HP. "By combining Aruba's world-class wireless mobility solutions with HP's leading switching portfolio, HP will offer the simplest, most secure networking solutions to help enterprises easily deploy next-generation mobile networks."
EVOLVED LEADERSHIP = LONG TERM INVESTMENT
With respected leadership from both companies now working towards the same goals, expect an accelerated R&D capability to push HP networking to the next level in the next couple of years. Companies who start adopting the HP / Aruba networking solution will have a very robust roadmap to work with.
STRENGTHENED SOLUTION = INSTANT IMPACT
Combining HPN’s wired switches with Aruba’s access points and software suite (including Guest, Policy, Onboarding and Device Management) provides a robust end-to-end access-layer solution. The joint solution is a strong on-premises offering that will rival Cisco Systems globally, and should be on the shortlist for small and midsize enterprises, remote branch offices and large campus environments globally and across all vertical markets. Companies that bring on the combined technology will find themselves with a high end solution.
We are just at the start of this great merger, and already great things are starting to become available. If you haven’t had a chance to review the HP or Aruba Networking line-ups, I highly recommend taking a good look at it now and evaluate how it could impact your business. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the solutions, we have several engineers who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.