HPE Advances in Network-as-a-Service Space with Aruba Integration and New Offerings


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May 18, 2022
HPE Advances in Network-as-a-Service Space with Aruba Integration and New Offerings

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has made significant strides in the Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) space, as highlighted during the HPE Discover 2023 event. The company announced that it will now offer its datacenter switching portfolio as consumption services, including the HPE Aruba Networking CX 8000, 9000, and 10000 series. These products are available as service packs for HPE GreenLake for Aruba networking, providing modular offerings that allow channel partners to incorporate profitable design and delivery services.

The CX 10000 series, in particular, is a key player in HPE's strategy to penetrate the datacenter market. It leverages the AMD Pensando data processing unit (DPU), which offers a 30% performance improvement and a 20% reduction in power consumption compared to its previous generation. The Pensando DPU also includes software support, a feature that sets it apart from competing DPUs from Marvell and Nvidia.

HPE also outlined its plan to integrate the Aruba business unit, which it acquired in 2015. The integration is expected to streamline sales and marketing operations, simplify HPE's channel partner sales motion, and ease customer deployments. The Aruba brand will be retained in the new wordmark: HPE Aruba Networking, capitalizing on the positive brand equity built by Aruba over the years.

HPE's leadership in NaaS and its ability to deliver purpose-built offerings tailored to different deployment scenarios continue to impress. The integration of Aruba and the operational expense benefits of HPE GreenLake could further propel HPE’s market momentum.

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