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Aruba Vs. Cisco Intelligent Edge Face-Off, Why Aruba ESP Is Smarter: Keerti Melkote

Keerti Melkote, founder and president of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, says Cisco simply does not have an answer for Aruba’s AI-based Edge Services Platform.

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What is the difference between Silver Peak and how you are integrating that versus Cisco Viptela?

The good news is Silver Peak is already cloud-ready. You can deploy it now. It follows the same Aruba principles: If you want it on-premises you can have it on-premises; if you want it in the cloud, you can have it in the cloud. We do not make that choice. The customer makes that choice. We will serve them in both situations with the same software and the same hardware. That is very important. We are not going to flip the game on the customers. That’s very important.

The first point of integration will be ClearPass because customers are saying, ‘I need a way to secure the edge.’ And with ClearPass and Silver Peak they will have a solution that is better than any firewall can give you. Because you can secure your IoT, your users, your devices, and your network. It’s not just about network security, which is what firewalls do. It’s about securing everything at the edge. And that’s what we do. That’s fundamentally different from Viptela, from Palo Alto [Networks], from anybody else in the marketplace. So the first point will be to integrate with ClearPass.

The second point will be to integrate with Aruba Central in a way that is simple and easy for customers to embrace Silver Peak. So they can get into Aruba Central and launch Silver Peak without forcing some sort of a Frankenstein integration. That is not the goal. The goal is to keep it simple. It works. What customers tell me about Silver Peak versus a Viptela or anybody else is, “It just works.’ It is reliable. It works. And wide-area networks are the fundamental backbone of networks. If things go down, your business stops. You can‘t do that. Silver Peak just works. We’re going to keep it that way. And we will have the integration points between Aruba with ClearPass on one side for security and Aruba Central on the other side for the AIOps.

When will ClearPass and Aruba Central be integrated with Silver Peak?

ClearPass we hope to be able to deliver that within the next six months and Aruba Central probably in the next 12 months.

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