Aruba chief: Enterprises must adjust to new normal of remote working

Keerti Melkote, president and founder of Aruba, talks future networks, edge computing and 5G.

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When HPE bought Aruba in 2015, Aruba’s then-president and CEO Dominic Orr said that his company had effectively acquired HP Networking. Aruba’s performance since then has largely borne out Orr’s bullish prediction, as the company has become the driving force behind HPE’s enterprise networking efforts and dramatically grown its market share, expanding beyond its roots as a primarily mid-sized campus networking provider to become a leading competitor to the market’s 800-pound gorilla, Cisco.

With HPE’s most recent earnings reports showing the Aruba division having posted $806 million in revenues for the first fiscal quarter of 2021, up 12% year-over-year, Keerti Melkote, president and founder of Aruba, sat down with Network World to talk about network architecture, competing technologies and more.

What’s the biggest challenge for enterprise networking teams in 2021?

“The first one, I think, is the fact that the workforce has been remote for the last 12 months, and for the foreseeable future, they’re going to [stay] remote, but when they do come back, the hybrid model will be in place. Networks were never designed with that in mind; they were designed for people to be in the office and maybe periodically checking in via VPN. The challenge is, how do you support that? And security is a huge part of the answer.”

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