HPE Aruba: developer network control for adaptive apps, on demand

Now part of the HP (no, not the sauce) with an E for enterprise selection box, Aruba (minus its previous ‘Networks’ label) is keen to show us that it has some developer-worthy technologies to table.

In this regard then, the firm has a platform up its sleeve (Ed — doesn’t everybody?) called, logically, the Aruba Mobile First Platform. Described as a “software layer” that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers with insight into networks with a particular bias on integrating mobile and IoT devices and applications.

More than connectivity

The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions (i.e. JUST connectivity) are over claims Aruba.

According to the firm, “Modern networks must be able to easily adapt new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, they need to help organisations justify future digital technology investments.”

The Aruba Mobile First Platform provides a route to the so-called “rich contextual information” the Aruba infrastructure collects from mobile and IoT devices – but why? To be able to dynamically customise networking functions in real-time – this is why.

Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, the foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8.0, a new operating system that claims to allow developers to use contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API.

“ArubaOS 8.0 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications – without requiring network upgrades or outages,” said the firm, in a press statement.

Also making news says the firm are its latest enhancements to Aruba ClearPass software – these come as part of the Mobile First Platform and similarly aim to help with views into all connected devices and improves capabilities for third party integration.

Additional developer info

The new ClearPass Extensions are also present here which supposedly make it easier for developers to integrate cloud hosted technology services with Aruba ClearPass.

“Without major code changes to the base ClearPass software, ecosystem partners simply place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows,” said the firm, in a press statement.

The platform also introduces advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform that are now supposed to go beyond simple monitoring of ‘dwell times’ at a specific location.