My thoughts on Aruba’s Atmosphere 2018

The unknown can be daunting. This is particularly true in technology, especially when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone and diving into the unknown, a.k.a  other wireless vendors. In my case, I have always been a glutton for punishment and I relish the chance to learn something new. Enter Aruba’s annual flagship conference, Atmosphere. I have always heard great things about the conference and decided it was a great place to start my Aruba journey and boy I was not disappointed.

The opening Keynote was outstanding, it really got me excited to see what Aruba has to offer. Sadly, I missed the Technology Demo due to a prior engagement, but it looked outstanding from the interactions on Twitter. But let’s be honest, the value of Atmosphere is the sessions. While they were all great, three really stood out to me.

Basic Radio: RF Nuts and Bolts

I know it sounds weird to be going to a “Wi-Fi basics” class, but hands down they are some of the best sessions I have ever attended. This one was certainly no exception. Aruba’s Eric Johnson does an excellent job of going deep into how Wi-Fi works. While I feel that I have a good understanding of the basics it never hurts to get a refresher. I always walk away with either a new understanding or approach to teach a concept.  

Taking the Guesswork Out of Wi-Fi Planning and Optimization: Introduction to Machine Learning-based NetInsight

Data, data, and more data. We are living on the edge of a machine learning, AI, analytics-driven world. NetInsight, Aruba’s product offering, a result of their 2016 acquisition of Rasa Networks. NetInsight provides a wealth of information and analytics, one might say too much (if that is possible), about the wireless network. While I still am not sure that it is ready for prime time, it is a great foundation and I’m excited to see how Aruba enhances the product.  

Mobility Field Day Extra at Atmosphere

As a Tech Field Day Delegate, I might be a little biased, but I love all of their events. The knowledge they share, the interaction with delegates and companies are top notch. This Mobility Field Day Extra Event was no exception. Tom Hollingsworth and his merry band of delegates took to the stage for a roundtable discussion about their thoughts and answer questions about this year’s Atmosphere conference. If you didn’t get a chance to watch you can head over to YouTube and check it out. Roundtable Discussions at Aruba Atmosphere 2018

All in all, it was an excellent conference. I got to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and learn some new things. Aruba has some very interesting things happening that excites me,  not only about them but about the direction of the wireless industry as a whole. I feel this conference was a critical first step in my goal of learning more Aruba and I’m excited to continue that journey.

So until next year, thank you to everyone and to Aruba for the great conference! See you next year.



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Robert Boardman

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