Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership for integrated networks

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Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have joined forces in a strategic partnership that aims to bridge the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology networks.

The collaboration combines Siemens’ industrial Ethernet network expertise with Aruba’s prowess in wired and wireless LAN infrastructure to provide customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks that enable high plant and network availability.

Ultimately, the move aims to plug the security gaps that emerge in converged OT and IT networks, helping enterprises to improve overall cybersecurity, data availability, as well as device visibility.

The move also aids in the modern issues thrown up by digitalisation, Industrie 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) adoption, the companies said.

"The cooperation between Siemens and Aruba is an important step to complement our industrial networks offering, which is one of the pillars of the Digital Enterprise, with the additional IT offering from Aruba,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the management board at Siemens AG. “Customers will benefit from futureproof, integrated communication networks ensuring availability and security."

Siemens and Aruba will work closely with their network of channel partners to roll out these integrated products and tailor offerings to the range of customer requirements, such as pre-sales consulting and engineering, professional services, managed operations, maintenance services and after-sales support.

"Working together for nearly three years, Siemens and Aruba have addressed the OT/IT divide through technology integration, backed by validated reference designs,” said Aruba president and co-founder Keerti Melkote.

“The resulting solutions are ideal for a variety of industrial applications, and are backed by both Siemens' and Aruba's support teams."

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