As Mobility trends continue to transform the way we communicate, collaborate and access information, enterprises are taking a wireless-first approach to connectivity. They need mobile networking solutions that allow enterprises to easily accommodate smartphones, tablets and other personal devices on internal networks, while keeping them safe with the most robust security features available.
While “bring your own device” is great for the user, CIOs are faced with the challenge of transitioning legacy systems to the wireless edge while providing enterprise-class security and an optimized mobile application experience.
At the same time, the industry is about to go through the next major wave of wireless protocol roll-out with 802.11ac, ushering in another significant change in wireless performance. Over the next 3-5 years, we believe this wave will drive a massive network refresh not just to our customers’ wireless access points, but to their campus switches as well.
All of this creates a tremendous opportunity in the industry – and that’s where HP comes in.
Today, I’m excited to announce that HP has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. Aruba designs and delivers best-of-breed mobility solutions and WLAN products, and employs a software approach that extends mobility intelligence across wired and wireless networks all the way to users through devices and apps.
After the transaction closes, Aruba will become part of the HP Networking business within HP’s Enterprise Group organization. This new combined organization will be led by Aruba Chief Executive Officer Dominic Orr, and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Keerti Melkote, who will report to me.
Better Together (1+1=3)
Combining Aruba and HP will create a leader in enterprise mobility, positioning HP to enable and accelerate our customers’ transition to a converged campus network. The two companies are highly complementary – Aruba brings best-of-breed mobility software and WLAN hardware, and HP has a leading networking portfolio. This potent combination will enable enterprises to easily, quickly and securely deploy end-to-end mobile solutions, including the latest multi-gigabit wireless technology, across their campus. Together, HP and Aruba will offer a unified solution with value-added software features, including policy management, security and orchestration.
Simplifying the Complex
Aruba boasts a highly regarded innovation engine and specialized sales, marketing and channel model, complementing HP’s leading networking business and broad go-to-market reach. Going forward, we will continue to build on, and invest in, HP’s strong portfolio. And, when we come together, our intention is to bring together the best of both HP and Aruba technology to offer the most robust WLAN solutions available. Our focus on simplicity, including highly interoperable solutions and combined policy models, means that customers will have one network to manage. This saves time, cuts capital costs and accelerates the delivery of network services – allowing enterprises to realize the benefits of the cloud more quickly.
Importantly, our simplified, converged solutions will be easier for our channel to sell, and Aruba’s specialized go-to-market can support campus solutions with the entire portfolio. HP will be uniquely positioned to deliver both the innovation and global delivery and services offerings to meet customer needs worldwide.
Tackling a Growing Market
Ultimately, with Aruba’s leading wireless LAN technology and differentiated software solutions, coupled with HP’s robust switching portfolio, HP Networking will have market leadership in the $18 billion and growing campus networking market. We will be an innovative, agile vendor ideally positioned to solve customers’ toughest challenges in mobility, security and networking.
The transaction is expected to close during the second half of HP’s fiscal year 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. Until then, HP and Aruba will continue to operate as separate independent companies.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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