Specifically, the two businesses say their partnership bridges the Information Technology and Operational Technology worlds and will see them providing industrial clients with insightful data networks enabling high plant and network availability, combining Siemens’ industrial Ethernet networking and Aruba’s wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.
Industries targeted include manufacturing, facilities, logistics, transport and defence.
Aruba’s contribution to the partnership is LAN switching, software-defined branch capabilities to unify disparate networks and services, wayfinding and location-based services through beacons, edge computing systems to enable real-time data processing, and indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi solutions, providing robust and consistent connectivity across plant and factory sites.
The two companies see IIoT as raising new challenges with data traversing the boundary separating IT and OT and requiring deep expertise in both worlds to bridge the gap. Here Siemens and Aruba say their partnership delivers cyber security and trustworthy data alongside plant availability and manufacturing output targets.
Klaus Helmrich, member of the management board at Siemens AG, said: “The co-operation 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. Customers will benefit from futureproof, integrated communication networks ensuring availability and security.”
Keerti Melkote, president and co-founder of Aruba, said: “Working together for nearly three years, Siemens and Aruba have addressed the OT/IT divide thru technology integration, backed by validated reference designs. The resulting solutions are ideal for a variety of industrial applications, and are backed by both Siemens’ and Aruba’s support teams.”
The solutions include wired and wireless networking products and related software that can be implemented via several channels including the companies’ extensive partner networks with direct access to their engineering and support experts.
Aruba and Siemens say they can jointly address customer requirements spanning pre-sales consulting and engineering, professional services (including project management, commissioning, factory acceptance testing, and design engineering), managed operations and maintenance services, and after-sales support.
The solutions help ensure network security that spans both the IT and OT worlds; for example, Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric for IT networks can be combined with Siemens’ "Defence in Depth" OT security concept. Since customers’ security needs vary, especially in older legacy deployments, Aruba and Siemens say they will also tailor security solutions to address specific customer requirements.