At its Discover event in London today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Aruba has announced the company's strategy for IoT connectivity, along with new additions to the product portfolio that help enterprises identify, profile and secure a new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
“Cost-prohibitive economics and the lack of a holistic solution are key barriers for mass adoption of IoT,” said Keerti Melkote, senior vice president and general manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “By approaching IoT with innovations to expand our comprehensive framework built on edge infrastructure solutions, software platforms and technology ecosystem partners, HPE is addressing the cost, complexity and security concerns of organizations looking to enable a new class of services that will transform workplace and operational experiences.”
The announcements come in the form of new software products and partners, as well as IoT-ready access switches, will help organisations remove the barriers to IoT adoption. As businesses intergreate IoT into their mainstream operations, the management of IoT devices is costly and inefficient at a large scale.
HPE hopes that these announcements will drastically reduce IoT connectivity costs through new protocol support. The company also aims to translate device communications to a common language.
HPE Mobile Virtual NetworkEnabler – The new HPE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler aims to give customers greater control over IoT devices that need cellular connectivity and services. It will foster the emergence of new, specialised IoT Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) that resell IoT connectivity directly to customers at price points optimised for large scale machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT deployments. HPE MVNE provisioning, configuration, administration and billing services – paired with wide area mobile network operator coverage – change the economics of large-scale deployments by reducing IoT provisioning costs by up to 80 per cent.
HPE Universal IoT Platform Designed for massive scale, multi-vendor and multi-network support using the oneM2M interoperability standard, the HPE Universal IoT Platform manages the HPE MVNE devices and provides multivendor IoT monitoring, reporting, and analytics services with carrier-grade reliability and scale. The platform supports long-range, low-power connectivity deployments such as LoRa and SIGFOX, as well as devices that use cellular, radio, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
New enhancements include:
- Lightweight M2M standards support – Delivers plug-and-play interoperability between IoT devices and UIoT services.
- Expanded device management – Allows management of both SIM and non-SIM based devices across different systems, devices, and applications.
- Increased LoRa gateway support – Enables the use of multiple LoRa gateways with a common set of applications to simplify device provisioning and control in heterogeneous LoRa environments
IoT Device Security in Local Area Networks
To deliver visibility and secure connectivity for large scale IoT deployments at the enterprise network edge, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced the Aruba ClearPass Universal Profiler and the Aruba 2540 Series Switches. These new solutions identify and inventory all IoT devices as they connect to the network, and drive down the per-port cost of wired IoT connectivity.
The new ClearPass Universal Profiler automatically identifies the attributes of IoT devices as they attempt to connect to the network. This enables IT managers to catalog what IoT devices are on wired and wireless networks and assign the appropriate policies to each one. The Universal Profiler provides visibility and context regarding risk and performance issues derived via IoT devices.
The Aruba 2540 Series Switches further protect IoT devices with unified role-based access. This feature identifies and assigns roles to IoT devices as they connect, prioritizing business-critical applications and controlling which network resources the devices can access. The 2540 Series Switches are optimized for small-to-medium density IoT enterprise edge deployments.
Delivering Edge Focused Innovation for Industrial IoT Deployments
Technology ecosystem partners are critical ingredients driving innovation for IoT. New application technology partners fuel the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems to solve a variety of customer pain points and deliver new capabilities. Today, HPE is announcing multiple solutions and uses cases with an ecosystem of partners that will enable new IoT opportunities, including:
- Factory Asset Anomaly Detection and Remediation – In collaboration with PTC and National Instruments, this Edgeline Systems offering enables early warning of potential failures, allowing maintenance techs to correct an issue before it becomes a major problem.
- Data Management at the Edge – Developed with OSIsoft, this Edgeline Systems solution is designed for storing, managing and accessing time series data that is readily present in the operational technology and IoT world.