Aruba’s top execs talk new tech, IoT and the competition

In the roughly two years since Aruba Networks was acquired by HPE, it’s become the larger company’s de facto wireless arm, more or less taking over HPE’s networking division and changing almost not at all after the merger.

Network World sat down with Senior Vice President and General Manager Keerti Melkote and CTO Partha Narasimhan at Aruba’s annual Atmosphere conference in Nashville last week to talk about future wireless technology, security, and more.

802.11 expands

Different forthcoming wireless standards will have different effects on the Wi-Fi ecosystem, according to both men. 802.11ax is interesting, Narasimhan said, in part because it’s the first time that 802.11 is addressing reliability and efficiency directly in a specification. Even the latest 802.11ac technology is mostly optimized for downloading large files, despite the fact that one of the biggest challenges for future wireless tech is handling large numbers of densely packed devices that might not all be talking at the same time.

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