Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (HPE), today released a pair of new access points and a device that helps enterprises keep track of all the IoT and connected devices running on their network. The products are part of a broader effort to accelerate IoT adoption by giving businesses greater visibility into all of the devices running on their internal networks.
Aruba’s ClearPass Device Insight is a terminal that employs machine learning to automate the discovery and fingerprinting of connected devices. Customers can pair the terminal with Aruba’s ClearPass Policy Manager and dynamic segmentation security capabilities to automate authentication and enforce policies based on device type and the need of users.
The company, which was acquired by HPE in 2015, is also releasing two new access points — the Aruba 530 and 550, which integrate Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and Zigbee on a single access point. ClearPass Device Insight is a subscription-based service that starts at $1,260 per-year for 100 devices, and the access points start at $1,495 and $1,895.
“We expect that over time customers are going to want to consolidate some of the IoT infrastructure,” Paul Kaspian, senior product and solutions marketing manager at Aruba, told SDxCentral in a phone interview. Many enterprises operate separate networks for different use cases and protocols, which creates a complex and expensive environment to manage, he explained.
“We’re trying to provide a lot more connectivity at the access point for a broader set of devices,” Kapsian said. Some of Aruba’s customers have upward of 300,000 devices, so “a million devices is not something that’s far out at this point,” he added.
More than 14 million new connected devices are being added to networks every day, according to Aruba. The access points and device management terminal “support higher device densities,” which positions them for customers with high bandwidth and connectivity requirements, such as large public venues, Kaspian explained.
While Aruba’s core focus is around networking, the company also enhanced its security capabilities by applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help enterprises better manage connections and gain more detailed analysis of use cases.
“We’ve been blending AI into some of these problems on the networking and security side,” Kaspian said. “[Enterprises] have a real blind spot in terms of the newer IoT stuff that they’re bringing on the network or other parts of the organization are bringing on the network, unbeknownst to them,” he said.
Because IoT devices use common stacks to connect to networks and initiate identification, it’s difficult for businesses to apply the right security compliance and priorities for specific device types, Kaspian explained. The new products eliminate the need for IoT gateways and enable Aruba’s customers to apply network segments and controls for critical devices, he added.
With more sophisticated algorithms built in, enterprises can enforce quality of service policies and group devices based on the security and compliance requirements of each specific device, explained Larry Lunetta, Aruba’s VP of security marketing. The access points and ClearPass Device Insight will begin shipping later this month.