Aruba, a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has announced a contract to upgrade the secret and unclassified networks of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, to support the operation of tens of thousands of devices in it. The total office area of the Pentagon, located in Arlington, Virginia, is 6.5 million square feet (about 603.8 thousand sq.2).
Aruba’s Edge Services Platform (ESP) architecture, which will replace Cisco’s legacy wired infrastructure, will provide the Pentagon with an automated network infrastructure that eliminates manual processes such as port assignment and initial switch configuration.
The network modernization will improve operational efficiency, provide automated secure device access for users, and reduce IT training and support costs. The Pentagon is replacing legacy Cisco equipment with Aruba access switches at all classification levels. As a result, more than 150,000 Ethernet ports and 3,000 new Wi-Fi access points will be deployed.
For software-defined networking, the Pentagon has decided to launch the Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager platform, which lets you create role-based or device-based access policies, whether it’s wired, wireless (WiFi), or VPN.
“In the future, the Pentagon will consider using ClearPass to unify access control for wired and wireless access across all network classifications“, – said in the message Aruba. At the same time, the company did not disclose either the cost of the contract or the timing of its implementation.