EMEA Atmosphere 2016 | Aruba Networks (HPE) | 23-26 MAY 16
Together with more than 1000 other mobility and Wi-Fi experts, we attended EMEA Atmosphere 2016 of Aruba Networks, an HPE company. This conference has become a key event for mobility experts to get hands-on with designing networks for #GenMobile and the mobile-first, cloud-first applications they crave.
This year’s venue was in Algarve, Portugal. We were secretly looking forward to go to this sunny destination. The nice weather and the stunning surroundings made the welcome and appreciation party unforgettable for all attendees.
Aruba EMEA Atmosphere app
Before arriving at the conference, everyone was able to install the Aruba EMEA Atmosphere app on their mobile device. With this app, it is possible to:
- check the complete conference agenda;
- create your own agenda with plenary sessions and break-out sessions;
- find your own way to the different sessions with a blue-dot mapping of the conference;
- find friends;
- get welcomes;
- get messages about upcoming sessions;
- find event assistance;
- post feedback and more mobile engagement.
#GenMobile in figures
The first keynote session was led by Dominique Orr (SVP and General Manager at Aruba). Recent studies have shown that 86% of all customers in retail, use one or more mobile apps.
On top of that, 40% of the young employees said that they do not want to work for a company that prohibits personal devices at work. So the world is changing at a rapid pace and we‘d better be ready for it!
#GenMobile should be at the heart of our technology strategy! Key points in this innovation agenda are the Digital Workplace, Adaptive Trust, Mobile Engagement and an Agile DataCenter.
Why you have to rethink your enterprise network
There has been a lot of buzz about the tsunamis of change hitting IT. Talk of pivoting to the cloud, the growing mobile workforce, BYOD and Internet of Things (IoT) lighting up tech conferences and generating big headaches for IT. The biggest one is being driven by #GenMobile –mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. These mobile workers demand access to the network anytime and anywhere. As they bring more devices to work, they keep adding volume to the network. Embracing this newnormal means rethinking your enterprise network. The mobile workforce will require a move towards a mobile-first network strategy while meeting some NAC challenges head on.
Three main technical findings: a quick overview
During the Aruba Atmosphere Conference, we also wrote down three main technical findings. We created an overview:
1 ArubaOS 8.0
Aruba’s flagship operating system version 8.0, currently in the making, will have a lot of new features:
- Clustering: simplifies your system’s redundancy
- In-service upgrades: for your always-onwireless network
- ArubaOS as a VM: running on x86 platforms
- Airmatch: automatically determines your AP’s optimal channel width (20, 40, 80 of 160 Mhz) to maximize throughput
- Multi-zone: allows an AP to be managed by multiple separate controllers and administrators (multi-tenant environment)
The full keynote can be seen here.
2 Clarity: a new feature for Airwave
A Wi-Fi solution is never an isolated system, but depends on many other components to function correctly and to deliver a great user experience. When there is a problem with one of those dependencies (e.g. DHCP replies or DNS queries are slow), the user often blames the Wi-Fi.
As these problems are often intermittent in nature, they can be difficult to identify and troubleshoot by your helpdesk.
To solve this challenge, Aruba has now added a new feature to Airwave, Aruba’s multi-vendor management system, named Clarity. Clarity gives you more insight into your users’ experience on the network and allows the helpdesk to proactively identify and resolve problems. That way, a great wireless end-user experience can be guaranteed.
Clarity is currently supported by controllers running ArubaOS and will be supported by Aruba Instant as well by the end of this year.
You can watch the demo here.
3 ClearPass Exchange
As a central point for authenticating wired and wireless devices and users, ClearPass has a great deal of valuable information in its database about all that lives on your network. That information can be used in policy decisions. You could, as a simple example, choose to get an alert whenever a gaming device is connected to the network.
To leverage this information even more you can also let Clearpass interact with other systems you have. With Clearpass Exchange you can let Clearpass share information with your Palo Alto Networks Firewall, IBM Qradar or Juniper SRX, to name a few.
And where previously only an outward bound push of information was possible, starting with Clearpass 6.6 inbound is now also possible. A great example of this, is Clearpass using a syslog feed from your InfoBlox system to trigger an action when malicious activity is detected. Examples of such triggers are disconnecting the user from the network or informing the user and helpdesk that something is amiss.
If you want to learn more, a few of the sessions that were recorded are available here. Note that the Aruba Atmosphere event is open to partners as well as customers, so if you would like to participate in next year’s event, you can register online to keep informed about Aruba EMEA Atmosphere 2017.