CRN Exclusive: Aruba President On Cisco's Software Shortcomings, Aruba's 30-1 Scaling Advantage And Why Cisco Customers Are 'Sick Of Being Dictated To'


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So is Aruba a software or hardware company?

Aruba is a software company no doubt about it … Even when you go down to the radio and the RF (radio frequency) components, everything is software-defined. The difference in the Aruba and Cisco architecture is Cisco has gotten themselves into four separate architectures [by] buying four separate companies and they were never able to integrate [them] because they were very hardware-oriented … Aruba has been doing software-defined architecture since day one and one dramatic expression of that software definition is that we have an end-to-end, complete, scalable product line that is the same hardware -- ranging from if you have to deploy 5,000 access point in the network in the campus … to a small home office with one AP.




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