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The Pentagon Modernises Wired and Wireless Connectivity, Across All Classification Levels, with Aruba Infrastructure

Upgraded Networks Will Support Tens of Thousands of Devices Daily at United States Department of Defense’s 6.5 Million Square-foot Headquarters

25 November 2020 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), is modernising its classified and unclassified networks to support over tens of thousands of devices daily. Aruba’s ESP-based architecture will provide the Pentagon an automated networking infrastructure that eliminates manual processes, like port mapping and initial switch configuration. 

The network modernisation will create operational efficiencies, provide automated secure device access for users and reduce IT training and support overhead. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon serves as the symbol of the U.S. military and is one of the world’s largest office buildings, spanning over 6.5 million square feet. 

In order to streamline network administration, training and support, the Pentagon’s modernisation strategy included consolidating onto a single common platform for wired, wireless and security solutions across all network classification levels. It also sought to gain software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities in a solution that could interoperate with other vendors and systems. In addition, the Pentagon is expanding and updating its wireless network by adding an additional 3,000 Aruba Access Points (APs). 

Previously, the Pentagon was using legacy Cisco wired switching infrastructure, which had reached end-of-life, across its networks. The Pentagon is replacing its legacy switches with Aruba access switches across all classification levels. When completed, the entire wired deployment will include over 150,000 wired ports. 

For SDN, the Pentagon is expanding its deployment of Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager, including the solution’s colorless ports feature, for secure network access control across its  networks. In the future, the Pentagon will consider using ClearPass to unify access control for wired and wireless access across all network classifications. 

About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company 

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge to- cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN). 

To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates, follow 

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Media Contacts: 

Liam Price, Jordan Bishop or Jennifer Blacker 

DEC PR, on behalf of Aruba 

(02) 8014 5033