Tuesday, April 23, 2024

HPE Aruba debuts Wi-Fi 7 Access Points

 Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced new Wi-Fi 7 access points (APs) through its Aruba Networking division, offering up to 30% greater capacity compared to similar products. These APs enhance network security and improve location-based services, supporting enterprise needs in AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and security applications.

The APs utilize HPE's patented ultra tri-band hardware technology to maximize efficiency in the 5GHz and 6GHz bands, reducing contention and increasing performance. Managed by HPE Aruba Networking Central, the APs incorporate built-in support for various IoT protocols, including Zigbee and Bluetooth, eliminating the need for separate IoT network overlays. This integration facilitates secure connectivity for a growing array of IoT devices at the network edge, such as cameras and sensors.

Moreover, these APs are part of a broader ecosystem involving over 350 HPE technology partners, enhancing the ability of organizations to process and utilize IoT-generated data for AI applications. This includes developing predictive maintenance, digital twins, and personalized customer experiences, thereby enabling effective use of AI data lakes for real-time business insights.

Key features:

  • More Wi-Fi performance: UTB filtering eliminates channel interference on adjacent channels in 5GHz and 6GHz bands, maximizing performance and capacity, giving organizations the flexibility to use both bands simultaneously.
  • Enhanced wireless security: Policy-based access control and Layer 7 application firewalls build upon a foundation of security-first wireless features such as HPE Aruba Networking Central Client Insights for improved IoT visibility and automated Dynamic Segmentation to deliver role-based access for users and IoT devices. Additional features include new link level encryption (MACsec) capabilities, which extend wired data protection to the AP, and a personal wireless network mode that provides secure, self-service onboarding of user devices in group environments such as college campuses.
  • Eliminate IoT Overlay Networks: HPE Aruba Networking Central’s IoT Operations dashboard streamlines device onboarding and eliminates high-overhead vendor-specific IoT overlay networks, allowing APs to act as a connector and local processing element for IoT devices to communicate directly with third-party IoT services.
  • Wider support for IoT protocols: Dual dedicated Bluetooth and Zigbee radios provide support for high-density IoT environments, and dual USB ports provide robust connectivity for a broad range of IoT devices using proprietary protocols. The AP’s integrated, non-permanent external antennas are designed for challenging radio frequency (RF) environments.
  • AP as a data processing solution: The HPE Aruba Networking 730 Series APs feature twice as much SDRAM and Flash memory than previous HPE models, enabling application-specific containers to run on the APs themselves, resulting in streamlined data transmissions and local processing of data for more rapid response to real-time conditions such as temperature or motion.
  • Precision location services: The HPE Aruba Networking 730 Series APs are also the first to leverage the new Wi-Fi location standard, for improved location-aware services that deliver precision within one meter, for real-time, immersive, and industrial use cases, as well as support for the IEEE 802.11az standard to help enable self-location networks. Additional features include a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver and a barometric sensor for floor-level mapping, which incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.4 for bi-directional IoT location data that can boost user engagement and track valuable assets to reduce loss.
  • Sustainability and energy savings: An AI-powered, dynamic power save mode helps lower energy footprint and costs for enterprises.

“With more than two decades of Wi-Fi innovation leadership, HPE Aruba Networking continues our commitment to delivering customers the reliable, secure, high-performance connectivity they need to meet their business objectives, which can range from immersive fan experiences to automated manufacturing processes,” said Stuart Strickland, wireless chief technology officer, HPE Aruba Networking. “Our Wi-Fi 7 APs go far beyond improvements in performance and efficiency to become an intelligent IoT hub, securing the network, distributing the workload, characterizing the environment, and providing a foundation for business and operational analytics.”

Wi-Fi 7, known technically as IEEE 802.11be, brings several significant improvements over its predecessor, Wi-Fi 6:

  • Higher Data Rates: Wi-Fi 7 is expected to offer significantly higher data rates, potentially up to 30 Gbps, which is nearly three times faster than Wi-Fi 6. This is achieved through more efficient use of spectrum, higher-level modulation schemes (4096-QAM), and increased bandwidth (up to 320 MHz).

  • Improved Latency: Wi-Fi 7 aims to reduce latency significantly, which is crucial for applications requiring real-time responses such as gaming, virtual reality, and video conferencing. Techniques like Multi-Link Operation (MLO) allow devices to transmit data over multiple frequency bands simultaneously, reducing delay and improving reliability.

  • Greater Efficiency in High-Density Environments: With the growing number of devices per household and per enterprise, Wi-Fi 7 introduces enhancements that manage crowded networks more efficiently. Features like improved spatial reuse protocols help to minimize interference and manage airtime fairness better among multiple devices.

  • Enhanced Reliability: Wi-Fi 7 incorporates advanced technologies to improve signal reliability and resilience, even in environments prone to interference and physical obstructions. This includes more robust error correction and packet recovery mechanisms.

  • Increased Bandwidth and Spectrum Utilization: By supporting wider channels (up to 320 MHz) and additional spectrum in the 6 GHz band (on top of existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands), Wi-Fi 7 can handle more data simultaneously, providing a broader highway for information flow.

  • Backward Compatibility: Like previous Wi-Fi generations, Wi-Fi 7 is designed to be backward compatible with older Wi-Fi standards, ensuring that new devices can still communicate with older ones without requiring a complete network overhaul.

  • Multi-Link Operation (MLO): This feature allows devices to use multiple Wi-Fi bands or channels simultaneously, which can boost throughput, balance traffic loads more efficiently, and enhance robustness against interference.

Vantage Data Centers secures another $3B in loans

Vantage Data Centers has secured a $3 billion green loan to fund the ongoing development of its North America data centers. So far this year, Vantage has announced a total of nearly $10 billion in financing to drive the company’s continuing global growth.

The loan was provided by a bank syndicate led by structuring bank Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and joint bookrunners TD Securities, Truist Securities, Inc. and Scotiabank.

The financing is a revolving credit facility with an initial collateral pool of eight leased and greenfield sites in both new and existing markets totaling nearly 1.4GW of IT capacity. Compared to typical project-specific construction loans, this model enables faster time-to-market for Vantage and its customers. Additionally, the loan affords Vantage the ability to add more North American assets to this credit facility in the future. Currently, Vantage’s North America platform includes 12 campuses across the United States and Canada.

“For the past several years, Vantage has prioritized innovative funding avenues to support our rapid expansion, and this revolving multi-asset development financing is no exception,” said Christophe Strauven, senior vice president, capital markets at Vantage. “We are dedicated to meeting our customers where they need us most. Our decision to pursue a flexible revolving credit facility allows us to access capital quickly and, therefore, begin development much earlier than project-specific loans, enabling Vantage to meet the ambitious timelines our customers require for critical IT capacity across North America.”

 In addition to today’s announcement, the company also announced a $6.4 billion equity investment led by DigitalBridge and Silver Lake in January, followed by a $64 million loan to support the development of Vantage’s first campus in Taiwan in March.



Comcast's Xfinity Mobile hotspots deliver up to 1 Gbps

Comcast reports that its new “Xfinity Mobile” hotspots enable customers on its Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile devices to access Internet speeds over WiFi up to 1 Gbps. 

“We’re supercharging hotspots to unlock the full potential of our customers’ mobile devices and give you the boost you need, when you need it, to download a large file, stream a live sporting event, or host an important video call,” said Kohposh Kuda, senior vice president, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast. “A billion devices connect to WiFi over our network because it delivers a superior experience. We’ve invested billions of dollars in a network that can support the massive growth in data consumption and our WiFi Boost upgrade is a huge win for our mobile customers.”

  • Currently, 90 percent of the mobile data traffic on Xfinity Mobile devices travels over WiFi, not cellular. 
  • Comcast has over 23 million WiFi hotspots.
  • Comcast has invested more than $20B over the past five years to upgrade and expand the Xfinity network and introduce new innovative features like WiFi Boost to support the constantly increasing number of connected devices consumers use both inside and outside of the home.


Comcast Business launches Managed Detection and Response

Comcast Business introduced a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution that combines an advanced security analytics platform and Security Operations Center (SOC) to help medium and large enterprise customers detect, analyze, and mitigate cyber threats in an ever-evolving and challenging threat landscape.

Managed Detection and Response is a cybersecurity service that combines technology and human expertise to perform cyber threat hunting, monitoring, and response. One of the primary benefits of MDR is that it helps rapidly identify and limit the impact of threats without the need for additional staff and resources.


  • 24/7 Monitoring and Response – Around the clock monitoring and fast response to security incidents.
  • Advanced Threat Detection – AI and machine learning to identify and address known and emerging threats, like Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and zero-day exploits.
  • Expertise and resources – Security Operations Center (SOC) with security professionals with extensive knowledge and industry certifications.
  • Fast Incident Response – 24/7 monitoring for quick and effective response to security incidents.
  • Compliance – Reporting to help businesses with important documentation often requested for compliance audits.



Lightpath launches Enhanced DDoS Protection

Lightpath introduced its next-generation network safeguard against a growing list of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack types.     

Lightpath's LP DDoS Shield utilizes advanced DDoS detection and mitigation technology from Radware, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions. Radware's automated DDoS defense includes patented algorithms and AI-powered technology to more quickly detect, identify, and mitigate zero-day attacks, the hardest to defend against, as well as IoT-based, Burst, DNS and TLS/SSL attacks, phantom floods, and more. In addition, the solution offers customers complete visibility and reporting through a private portal.

As new types of DDoS threats appear, the solution leverages Radware's behavioral-based technology and global footprint to accurately identify the attacks and automatically generate signatures in real-time. The new signatures are then automatically distributed and enabled to keep customers protected.

"At a time when DDoS attacks are increasing in size, scale, and sophistication, enhanced DDoS protection is fundamental to our commitment to providing customers with a solution for secure, reliable, and future-ready connectivity," stated Tim Haverkate, SVP of Commercial Operations for Lightpath. "LP DDoS Shield dramatically improves the protections that we can offer our customers to help protect them against DDoS threats thanks to its advanced, dynamic technologies."