Smartphone and iPad-crazy enterprises playing right into Aruba Networks' hands

CEO Dominic Orr on the new network edge, competing with Cisco and exploiting the cloud

The influx of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices into businesses is making many employees more productive, but Aruba Networks is seeing firsthand how much strain all of this newfound mobility is putting on the enterprise IT and security staffs that are its customers.  In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant spoke with Aruba CEO Dominic Orr about the changing wired/wireless network architecture, competing with Cisco Systems, exploiting the cloud and the rise of 802.11n.

The influx of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices into businesses is making many employees more productive, but Aruba Networks is seeing firsthand how much strain all of this newfound mobility is putting on the enterprise IT and security staffs that are its customers.  In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CEO Interview Series, IDGE Chief Content Officer John Gallant spoke with Aruba CEO Dominic Orr about the changing wired/wireless network architecture, competing with Cisco Systems, exploiting the cloud and the rise of 802.11n.

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You guys are having a great year financially (and just reported strong Q1 '11 numbers).  What's behind the success?

Three trends are working in our favor.  One is the workforce is getting more virtualized and mobile. Second is this whole explosion of more capable mobile devices people want to bring to work and a significant migration of enterprise application processing capabilities to those devices.  The third is this whole cloud computing concept where you're embedding your application servers into an always-on data center.

Those three trends are forcing one fundamental issue:  It is very hard to define what is the enterprise security boundary. It used to be so perimeter based and now it is very virtual. That whole movement across the enterprise is forcing a fundamental re-architecting of what we have built over the last decade and is one of the biggest driving forces for our business.

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