Customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience
Network provider Aruba will introduce software that aims to help third-party developers step up innovation and integration of mobile devices and the Internet of Things.
The Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company’s Mobile First platform uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide developers and business leaders with network insights to improve applications and services. The idea is that progress is made at the speed of the entire developer ecosystem rather than the pace of a single vendor.
According to Aruba, the platform unlocks the ability for an ecosystem of developers and technology vendors to “freely innovate, utilising the rich contextual information” collected from mobile and IoT devices and to customise networking functions dynamically in real-time. As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities.
The platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks.
It also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time, said Aruba. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime.
Aruba has also made enhancements to its ClearPass software making it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services. Without major code changes to the base software customers can quickly and easily create automated workflows.
“ClearPass extensions and the Aruba Mobile First Platform provide a simplified, open model for us to rapidly integrate and extend our offering,” said DJ Long, head of Intel Security Innovation Alliance.
“The McAfee ePO integration with ClearPass provides customers unified visibility of security posture regardless of network, device type or user location, and automates access policy to safeguard enterprise networks.”
The Aruba Mobile First Platform and the associated enhancements to ArubaOS and ClearPass and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2016.