Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging OT and IT worlds

Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have announced a strategic partnership that is focused towards bridging the operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) worlds.

Based on complimentary portfolios, Siemens and Aruba are able to support customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks that allow high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated networks with proven interoperability from factory floors to corporate offices based on Siemens’ expertise as a leading provider of industrial Ethernet network components and Aruba’s as a leader in wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.

Typically, deterministic, industrial OT networks are not coupled tightly with enterprise IT networks. This results in gaps in data and device visibility, application assurance, availability, and security. Bridging that divide requires deep expertise in both worlds and knowledge of the respective operational and security requirements.

Siemens and Aruba bridge this gap based on their deep and complementary expertise in OT and IT. By providing integrated networks with tested interoperability and documented in validated reference designs, the two companies help to ensure that integrated OT/IT systems can be installed rapidly with ease, operated more securely, and supported more efficiently.

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 can address customer requirements spanning pre-sales consulting and engineering, professional services, managed operations and maintenance services, and after-sales support.

Last year Siemens, alongside Cisco, led a list put together by Navigant Research of leading smart city suppliers. The report examined the strategy and execution of 16 prominent smart city suppliers with the faculty to provide leadership on extensive smart city projects across various operational and service areas.

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