Aruba and Siemens sign MoU to target IIOT market


Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, and Siemens, a technology company focused on the digital transformation of industry and infrastructure, today announced a strategic partnership in the United Arab Emirates, focused on bringing the worlds of operational technologies closer together. (OT) and information technology (IT). Based on the complementary portfolios, Siemens and Aruba, working closely together, are able to support customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks, enabling high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated networks with proven factory-to-office interoperability based on expertise from Siemens as a leading supplier of Industrial Ethernet networking components and Aruba as a leader in wired LAN infrastructure and wireless.

Jacob Chacko, regional manager for the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and South Africa at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, said, “The ‘UAE Industry 4.0’ initiative announced by the Ministry of industry and advanced technology places the UAE at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.As a business, Aruba is keen to support the government’s vision and has found in Siemens the perfect partner who can help drive innovation and digital transformation in the industrial segment Siemens brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of OT communication technology, with services and infrastructure that can be customized and adapted to meet the needs of a wide range of customers As one of the largest computer networking companies in the world, Aruba brings unparalleled experience in secure, high-reliability mobility systems. ity, LAN switching, SD branch, location, application assurance and network management systems. By working collaboratively, Siemens and Aruba can together deliver the most secure, resilient and insightful integrated OT and IT systems available.”

Digitization, Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT pose new challenges as data now increasingly has to cross the border between OT and IT. Typically, deterministic industrial OT networks are not tightly coupled to enterprise IT networks. This leads to gaps in data and device visibility, application assurance, availability and security. Bridging this gap requires deep expertise in both worlds and knowledge of the respective operational and security requirements. In the IT world, cybersecurity and reliable data are top priorities, while in the OT world, plant availability and production goals are most important. Siemens and Aruba bridge this gap with their deep and complementary expertise in OT and IT.

Both companies have taken the guesswork out of OT/IT deployments by validating interoperable operations between products and documenting reference designs. As a result, systems enter faster and operate more reliably. Integrated solutions include wired and wireless networking products and associated software that can be implemented through multiple channels, including companies’ extensive partner networks with direct access to their engineering and support experts. Aruba and Siemens can jointly meet customer needs for pre-sales consulting and engineering, professional services (including project management, commissioning, factory acceptance testing and design), managed operation and maintenance services and after-sales support. Both companies have an engineer-to-engineer escalation program in place to ensure the best technical resources are available 24/7.

The solutions help ensure network security that spans both IT and OT worlds. For example, Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric for IT networks can be combined with Siemens’ Defense in Depth OT security concept. Because customer security needs vary, especially in older deployments, Aruba and Siemens will also tailor security solutions to meet specific customer needs.

“The cooperation between Siemens and Aruba is an important step to enhance our portfolio of industrial networks with Aruba’s additional IT solutions offering – forming a strong platform for the digital business. Together, we provide IoT visibility and cybersecurity from infrastructure/operations teams to CEO for manufacturing, industrial, transportation, defense and electric power applications Customers will benefit from integrated and scalable communication networks, ensuring high availability and security concludes Mohammed Khalifa, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries in the Middle East.

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