Airheads@Atmosphere

Customer & Partner Engineers, Beginner and Expert

  • Customer & Partner Engineers, Beginner and Expert

    Airheads@Atmosphere

    Designed by engineers for engineers, Airheads@Atmosphere lays out the technical vision of cloud networking and “smart spaces”, plus today’s innovations in intelligent access. Keynotes and hands-on sessions teach you how to:

    • Close security gaps while supporting the workplace flexibility and collaboration tools needed for organisational creativity
    • Re-define the value of IT; and help your organization gain an innovation edge.

    Each track offers both beginner and advanced sessions.

    Conference fee: 550 Euro


    Click any track below to see session descriptions:


    Digital Workplace Foundation: Innovate to Simplify

    Wi-Fi Network Design: 10 Essentials Every Engineer Must Know
    The highest-rated and highest attended session at Atmosphere USA! Why does Wi-Fi fail when more devices join the network? Due to neglected or poor network design. This presentation explains the fundamentals of high quality Wi-Fi network design, from off-site planning to site surveys, from capacity to roaming. We cover the most common pitfalls in network design, and look at the most important Wi-Fi performance metrics every Wi-Fi administrators should know. We use real-world scenarios, metaphors, humor and live demos to get the point across.

    Aruba Design Fundamentals in the Campus
    Although Aruba makes it easy to choose the best architecture to fit your IT and business needs, it’s vital to sort through some critical pre-deployment issues before you get started. Join us to review the latest product and architectural options from Aruba as well as validated LAN design best practices.

    Moving beyond CLI – A Beginners Guide to Network Automation and APIs
    As more and more devices become IP enabled, and networks scale ever upwards, it is unrealistic to rely on engineers logging into individual nodes to make config changes via the CLI. We need a more programmatic, more automated approach. In this session we will discuss the what, why and how of Network Automation, structured vs unstructured data and, of course, APIs.

    Multivendor Network Management and So Much More with Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
    Intelligent Management Center (IMC) provides end to end multi-vendor network management and a lot more besides. This session will provide an overview of IMC, its true end to end multi vendor management, plus a look at the IMC Platforms additional functionality, including visualising and managing your virtual ( HyperV/VMware/KVM) environments. It will also cover some of the IMC’s additional modules including Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) which unlocks the power of sFlow & Netflow to give visibility into the applications and who is using them on the network, Application Performance Manager (APM) that provides Application and Server monitoring, as well as Service Heath Manager (SHM) which allows you to use NQA, AOSS IP SLA and Cisco IP SLA to monitor true network performance. The session will be a mixture of presentation and demonstration. But as seeing is believing the main focus will be on a live demonstration, showing the power and flexibility of IMC and how it can help you manage your network.

    Managing Mobile First Campus Networks with Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
    Intelligent Management Center (IMC) provides comprehensive management of the campus network. This session will provide a detailed over view of IMC’s campus management, including integration with AirWave. We will show how IMC can be used to roll out configurations across the network, baseline the campus network and warn you of configuration changes. Define configuration compliance polices and audit the network against these policies, fixing any compliance issues as you go. You will see how IMC’s Policy Center can be used to define polices to automated actions. Unlock the power of the sFlow data available on the Aruba switches via Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) plus see how Service Heath Manager ( SHM) can be used with Aruba OS IP-SLA to monitor and report on network wide SLAs. Plus much more. The session will be mainly a live demonstration to show the power of IMC in action.

    Anatomy of a Switch and Its Silicon
    This is a deep dive into the anatomy of a switch and its silicon to learn about the different components and the roles they play in delivering a wired campus foundation. Understanding how these components function will help you choose the best switch for your environment.

    Advanced Radio: 802.11 Wi-Fi Modulation and Antenna Techniques
    Learn the details of signal processing concepts and advanced treatment of antennas, MIMO, beamforming and MU MIMO. This session will also cover the details of 802.11ac, 11ad and 11ax. Knowing this will help you design networks that function properly, set realistic expectations, and know what to expect from future generations of WiFi.

    Customer Use Cases for Aruba Instant: Delivering Secure Stable Wi-Fi
    This deep dive session walks though several key use cases in distributed environments like K-12, higher education, retail, and others. We’ll provide insights into how Aruba Instant can seamlessly enable you to deploy, manage and troubleshoot your wireless network. We’ll also cover scalability, high density environments, network visibility and control, serviceability, and network performance.

    Mobile Device Roaming Behaviors and Client Troubleshooting Best Practices
    Not all mobile devices are created equal and not all agree on best practices for roaming when connected to Wi-Fi networks. In addition to simple speeds and feeds, rate vs. range characteristics of mobile devices can influence user experience. In this session, we will discuss common W-Fi roaming problems, symptoms, and troubleshooting methods.

    HPE Aruba MobileFirst Enhancements with ArubaOS-Switch 16.x
    The latest ArubaOS switching software, release 16 has many new functions that enhance the MobileFirst architecture even more. Tunneled access, user-roles and device profiling are some examples of the functionality that has been added to this ArubaOS release. These will be covered and shown during a demonstration.

    Anatomy of an Access Point
    This is a deep dive into the anatomy of an access point so that you can understand how the individual components function as a whole. Understanding this can help you evaluate the merits of future AP designs and ensure you are choosing the correct AP for your needs. 

    Introduction to Aruba cloud
    Join this session to learn about Aruba’s cloud product portfolio. Aruba’s cloud offerings make it easier to deploy and operate Aruba’s wired and wireless network portfolio. Learn how our latest network applications bring the power of analytics, machine learning and insights driven operations that make even the most sophisticated networks easy to manage.

    Introduction to Aruba SD-WAN Branch Solution
    Join this session if you want to understand what ARUBA is delivering in the connected Branch and how you can leverage product today to deliver Branch WAN solutions to your customers. This session will look into Phases of how you can migrate customers of the typical CPE routing to a new age SDBRANCH solution today. This session will also address future looking statements as well as address Management strategies.

    Design Fundamentals in Your Branch Networks
    Extending wired and wireless connectivity to thousands of branch locations or in a distributed enterprise environment can be challenging and daunting. This session explores the factors involved in making decisions about how to set up the wired and wireless network in large distributed environments, along with effective use of policy and security. When do you need a branch controller? When should you use an Instant AP? How do you manage guest traffic? Should you peel off traffic direct to the Internet? How do you keep the branch running across Wide Area Network failures? 

    Managing Your Network with AirWave
    Aruba AirWave has a long history of providing visibility into the network, users, devices and applications. Come learn about AirWave – the industry’s leading multi-vendor wired and wireless network management solution. We’ll cover both switch and WLAN troubleshooting.

    Basic Radio: RF Nuts and Bolts
    Learn the details of pragmatic radio subject matter, including: RF, electromagnetic radiation, human exposure limits, propagation loss, antenna type and coverage, basic transmitter and receiver architecture and physical constraints.

    Optimizing Your Wired Foundation for Mobility and IoT
    Optimizing your network for mobility and IoT means your wired foundation needs be secure, resilient, and ready for tomorrow’s demands to support new applications. Join us to learn how the Aruba campus switch portfolio uses innovative technologies – multi-gigabit Ethernet, Zero Touch Provisioning, and role based secure access – to create a simple, integrated wireless-wired foundation for campus and remote networks.

    Digital Workplace Services: Work Smarter Not Harder

    AirWave Glass and Advanced AirWave Features and Techniques
    Join us to learn about how you can manage large deployments at the edge with AirWave Glass. You’ll learn how Glass brings horizontal scaling, search, and reporting to your existing AirWave deployment. Plus, learn how to get the best out of VisualRF, RAPIDS, Alerts and Triggers and reports. You’ll also find out about the latest features.

    Deep Dive into Aruba OS 8.0: Live Upgrades, Clustering and Seamless Failover
    Deep dive into controller clustering in ArubaOS 8. Clustering enables a more resilient user experience via stateful failover, seamless roaming across a giant campus, and user load balancing. This session will cover the details of configuring clustering and failover, monitoring users and troubleshooting cluster performance. We’ll also cover how to use the new MultiZone feature to set up multiple isolated networks using a single AP infrastructure connected and tunneled to multiple controllers. MultiZone delivers scalable multi-tenancy and secure network isolation without the overhead of deploying duplicate and interfering AP infrastructures.

    Getting Your WLAN Ready for Enterprise-Grade UCC and VoIP apps
    Your WLAN should understand the different traffic flows for the latest unified communication and collaboration (UCC) tools and report on call quality, support high-definition data transfer for video, and more. In this session, you’ll learn about various VoIP applications that Aruba WLAN detects/classifies and app-level configuration. Integration of Microsoft Skype for Business with Aruba WLAN and the rich visibility and experience it offers.

    Aruba Clarity Synthetic & IP SLA
    What can IP SLA do for mobile first network infrastructure? This session will provide an overview and demonstration of IP SLA options within Aruba Mobile First network infrastructure. Wired IP SLA functions and mobility functions like Clarity Synthetic will be explained and demonstrated. IP SLA and Clarity Synthetic don’t only collect information about network performance in real time but also provide insight to troubleshoot, identify and solve issues faster.

    Engineering Resolution Team (ERT) & TAC Top Tips and Tricks
    Based on recent TAC and ERT experience, this session will discuss common problems, diagnostic methods, and how to interact with Aruba equipment, tools and methods for network health check, and troubleshooting. Please come with your experiences in deploying the next generation WLAN and your ideas. You will leave this session with new ideas on how to support your wireless deployments.

    Get Visibility into Wireless Connectivity and Performance Problems Using Cloud-Based Analytics Before Users are Impacted
    Where are the problem spots in my network? How can I quickly get visibility and resolve connectivity and performance issues? Learn how RASA Deepview can help IT teams enable an enhanced user and application experience. This session will cover the details of how cloud-based analytics and data science can draw insights about your wireless network so that you can resolve issues before users even know there’s a problem.

    Easing Your WLAN Migration from AOS 6.x to AOS 8.x
    Take the right steps to migrate from an ArubaOS 6.4 configuration to ArubaOS 8 with Master Controller mode. In this session, you’ll learn how to add a Mobility Master to get the full function of AOS 8.

    Elevating Your WLAN to the Next Level with ArubaOS 8
    ArubaOS 8 brings many enhancements to an Aruba network. This session introduces high-level features, benefits and components of ArubaOS 8 including virtualization, MultiZone, AirMatch, per-user tunneled node, etc.

    MVP TenTalk
    In this session, 3 Aruba Airheads Most Valued Professionals (MVP) will cover a topic of their choice – a project or a technology they have implemented. So come along and join in to hear from them as they share their knowledge and experience.

    Innovations in Smart Spaces and Operational Technologies with Indoor Location Services and IoT

    Meridian SDK Deep Dive
    Mobile Engagement powered by Meridian software and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology can improve employee productivity, fan engagement, mobile marketing, and patient experience, among other business priorities. The Meridian SDK allows mobile app developers to utilize many of the features of Meridian in a custom-built app. Join this session with two of Meridian’s software developers to learn how to use the Meridian SDK and several pitfalls to watch out for.

    Best Practices in Deploying and Managing Aruba Beacons, Sensors and APs for Location-Based Services
    Learn how to deploy hundreds of Aruba Beacons, Sensors and APs powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and manage them centrally. In this session, we’ll cover advanced topics on infrastructure design, deployment best practices for challenging environments, remote/onsite troubleshooting, and a deep dive into practical engineering tools available for wireless infrastructure engineers to improve speed in supporting new and existing deployments. Will include live demos.

    Introduction to location-based services powered by Aruba Meridian software and BLE infrastructure
    Indoor location services powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology can improve employee productivity, real-estate utilization, fan engagement, mobile marketing, and patient experience, among other business priorities. Join this session and learn the fundamentals of the Aruba Meridian platform and the best practices for engaging app developers and line of business leaders. Will include live demos.

    Taking advantage of IoT location-based services to create economic value
    The power of IoT comes from being able to extract process, business and customer data that is locked within enterprises. In this session, you’ll explore how IoT location-based services can help answer three fundamental questions: Where am I? Where are they? Where is it? You’ll also learn how to optimize operations, expedite predictive maintenance and improve overall user experience.

    The anatomy of a secure remote IoT monitoring solution with edge computing and Aruba networking solutions
    A secure remote monitoring infrastructure includes basic building blocks like intelligent IoT devices, access network, communications media, IoT controller, IoT business and analytics applications with edge compute – which can be mixed to address different implementation requirements. Join us for a deep dive into each of these building blocks, which are necessary to enable a centrally managed IoT-ready infrastructure at remote sites.

    Practical use cases for indoor GPS powered by Aruba Meridian developer tools
    Mobile app developers should take advantage of Aruba Beacons and the Aruba Meridian SDK to create engaging location specific experiences indoors, within an existing mobile app. Join us as we discuss best practices on how to engage with internal or external mobile app developers, with live demos of use cases across vertical industries.

    SPOTLIGHT: Aruba’s New Digital Workplace in Santa Clara
    Come learn how Aruba turned their vision of a digital workplace into a reality with our new corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. Hear from key IT and business stakeholders about the philosophy, design and construction as well as how various groups partnered to create a smarter digital workplace for the GenMobile worker. 

    Building Intelligent Spaces with IoT Workflow

    Securing Your Wired, Wireless & IOT Networks with ClearPass

    An update on ClearPass Exchange/Extensions and integration with 3rd party security solutions
    Aruba ClearPass provides an extensive and complementary set of 3rd party integration via a framework we call ClearPass Exchange. Come hear all about the latest developments we have made with 3rd party integration. We will discuss integration we released over the last 6 months and share an insight into some of our plans for the 1H of 2017. This session will also cover an insight into new ClearPass Extensions.

    Niara Security Analytics and UEBA Solution
    As the newest member of the Aruba family of security solutions, Niara has been generating a great deal of interest. This session will feature an in-depth presentation covering the Niara architecture, machine learning analytics, and forensics workflows along with a live demonstration of the product capabilities.

    Advanced ClearPass best practices and troubleshooting methods
    Learn how to successfully deploy ClearPass and get troubleshooting help inspired by Aruba TAC experience. Hear about some common issues, deployment best practices, and simple things you can do to keep things running smoothly.

    Advanced customization of ClearPass functionality with ClearPass Extensions
    ClearPass Extensions allow you to code your own custom functionality for ClearPass, including interactions with 3rd party security and services oriented partners. In this session, we will discuss the architecture, install, configure and demo some of the recent integrations with Extensions.

    Improving end-point visibility using ClearPass Profiling
    Hungry for more in-depth knowledge on how to discover and secure new device types with ClearPass? This advanced session will be a deep dive on the profiling techniques used in ClearPass and how you can use them for monitoring wired and wireless networks, reporting, and policy enforcement.

    Evolving ClearPass Deployments
    This presentation will cover in reasonable technical detail the development of a ClearPass security policy from pure visibility (Profiling) to full application control.

    An introduction to Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager & ClearPass Universal Profiler
    New to network access control and ClearPass? Wondering what’s really on your network? Come to this interactive session to learn the basics of ClearPass Policy Manager and the ClearPass Universal Profiler.

    Tackle wired port security with OnConnect
    Is 802.1X keeping you from locking down your wired network? Overwhelmed by the complexity? ClearPass OnConnect simplifies securing multi-vendor wired switches by using alternative methods for enforcement. Come find out how it works.

    ClearPass Integration with Comware – 802.1x, CoA, TACACS, etc.
    Comware is the main Operating System for the HPE FlexNetwork architecture. Together with ClearPass, Comware provides strong security capabilities that include Captive Portal, 802.1x and Tacacs. This functionality and more will be presented and demonstrated during this session.

    Checkpoint Sponsor Session

    The New Network Architecture with Public and Private Cloud

    Aruba Cloud Networking for Service Providers
    This session provides an overview of cloud networking in large service provider environments. We’ll look at managed services capabilities, multi-tenancy and virtual private cloud options, as well as focusing on the use of APIs for integration into external systems for creating value add, customized service offerings.

    Aruba Central – Supercharge Network Management with New Cloud Services
    A deep dive on the cloud computing technology that powers services like AppRF, Clarity, UCC etc. Discuss the overall solution architecture that is needed to enable these services in your environment and learn how migrating from an on-premise dashboard driven operations to a cloud based insights driven operations helps you become more efficient.

    Cloud Networking for Higher-Ed
    Cloud networking’s inherent scalability makes it a perfect platform for large college deployments. Learn how Aruba delivers a full-featured solution for Higher-Ed that starts with core apps like Guest Access, Meridian location services, AppRF, UCC, and visibility tools like Clarity Live/Synthetic and a new endeavor currently called DeepView.

    Aruba Central and Cloud Networking for Distributed Enterprises
    Join us to learn how cloud networking makes deploying, managing, and optimizing distributed enterprise deployments, like those in retail, education, hospitality, and branch offices, turnkey and easy. Learn about how Aruba Central enables zero touch deployment, makes management and troubleshooting simpler and more effective than ever with our apps like Clarity Insights and UC Insights, and brings a deeper understanding of customer engagement with Presence Analytics.

    Cloud Networking with Aruba Central
    Join us for an introduction to the technology and features of Aruba Central, a cloud-hosted platform for network management and services. Central is ideal for distributed deployments like retail, K-12 and small-medium enterprises.

    Cloud Networking with Aruba Central for Managed Service Providers
    Join this session to hear first-hand how to deliver Network-as-a-Service with Aruba products. Explore how Aruba Central’s multi-tenancy, APIs and managed-service-mode can help you deliver Networks-as-a-Service. A must-attend session if you are interested in offering a turnkey managed services practice, or if you are an enterprise with centralized IT and distributed operations.

    Cloud Networking for Retail Customers
    Join us as we cover how Aruba delivers a full-featured solution for retailers with an emphasis on core applications such as Presence Analytics, Guest Access, Meridian Location, and troubleshooting with Clarity Live and Synthetic.

    Tomorrow’s Technology Innovations

    Proximity IoT Solution with Aruba ALE / Microsoft Azure
    If you wonder what can Aruba ALE be used for, please come and see the integration we built between ALE and Microsoft Azure platform. We have many partners (focus on specific use cases) to use with ALE software, but in this session you will discover a more generic partnership between Aruba and Microsoft to deal with ALE analytics data. Join us if you want to learn how this was built and what is the final result.

    802.11ax Sneak Peek: The Next Generation Wi-Fi
    If you’ve mastered 802.11ac, it’s time think about what’s next: 802.11ax. The challenge to be mastered by next-generation Wi-Fi systems is the degradation to system efficiency due to dense deployments, and due to network traffic with a preponderance of short data frames (e.g. Voice-over-Wi-Fi). Enhancements in 802.11ax spec for PHY and MAC tackle the problem with Uplink MU-MIMO, Downlink and Uplink OFDMA, and Spatial Reuse to improve spectral efficiency and density. In addition, there will be features in 802.11ax to improve outdoor coverage and power saving in new client devices. Join our session to get a jump on what’s coming.

    Campus Architecture .Next Discussion: Next Generation Edge Services and Infrastructure Automation
    This session will be a feedback and "Birds of Feather" structured discussion on concepts of next generation campus architecture including the ability to deploy business oriented segmentation, enabling automated and trusted deployment of APs to core switches, and the separation of edge services and access from underlying physical topology. Let’s eliminate the headaches of VLANs, IP addressing, and the worries of infrastructure device security, and rather focus on edge service enablement and business value add!

    Branch-in-a-Box: A Branch Design Case Study
    Using a real-world case-study at a large retail customer, this session explores how Aruba solutions are being deployed, and best-practices for a "Branch Office 3.0" design. You’ll learn about evolving branch architecture, including how a wired branch with a single WAN link evoles into a wired + wireless branch with multiple WAN links.

    Cloud-based Analytics for Solving Problems Beyond Wireless and Wired
    Cloud-based analytics and data science aren’t just buzzwords. In this session, you’ll learn how Aruba’s Deepview platform uses these concepts to extract insights on network behavior and provide recommendations to improve user experience. We’ll also cover how cloud-based analytics can be applied to solve problems beyond wired and wireless networks.

    Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise Networking – Examples, Case Study and Suggestions
    Recently, artificial intelligence (AI) has delivered ground-breaking advances in many industries. With the recent acquisitions of Niara and Rasa Networks, Aruba has accelerated the adoption of AI within enterprise networking. In this session, we will share real-life examples of applying innovative AI technologies, including supervised/unsupervised machine learning and deep learning, to solve different networking problems like the detection of compromised IoT devices or compromised users, and enterprise Wi-Fi network throughput optimization. We will also discuss our experiences building a comprehensive AI solution by integrating human knowledge with machine intelligence.

    End to End Modern Workplace
    Are you ready to work in the New? Can your enterprise take advantage of the innovations to attract the new workforce and optimize their productivity? Join the Accenture | HPE Alliance to learn about the End to End Modern Workplace which connects people, place, & space to optimize your workplace. Learn how the End to End Workplace optimizes workplace experiences for innovation and growth and journeys business toward operations in the Cloud with the world’s most secure devices and advanced networking ecosystem… all at cost savings of 10-35% with flexible capacity, consumption based pricing.

    Vertical Deep Dive

    Deep dive of the Retail vertical demo in innovation zone
    Advancements in Internet connectivity, web technology, and shopper analytics have completely redefined the retail landscape over the past decade. While purchasing big ticket items online has been popular for some time, Generation Y and Millennials are now turning to online shopping for everyday items. Retailers are investing in enterprise grade Wi-Fi to power associate operations as well keeping their guests connected in-store, and Aruba have the solutions to help Retailers build their future. This session is a technical story of how the Aruba solutions are built.

    Deep dive of the Healthcare vertical demo in innovation zone
    With the perfect storm of cloud, mobile and IoT in healthcare, network administrators are put to the ultimate test to support literally thousands of people and (medical) devices. New technologies and innovations are not necessarily introduced by IT but other Lines of Business and need a network infrastructure to support this. During this session, we will give you a technical deep-dive of our Healthcare Innovation Zone how Aruba Solutions can support this. Secure medical records while providing the right user experience for doctors/nurses leveraging ClearPass and their 3rd party exchange partners. Getting the most out of IoT connectivity to support innovation and optimize cost with Meridian Asset Tracking Solution. Improve patient experience with integrated 3rd party application for patient logistics leveraging Meridian SDK’s and Beacons. And show what happens behind the scenes to ensure IT administrators deliver a great user experience in Healthcare. Join this session if you want to know how to technically build the healthcare environment of the future with Aruba solutions! (Mobility, Switching, Meridian, ClearPass, Beacons, Airwave, 3rd party software, ALE, IoT)

    Deep dive of the Education vertical demo in innovation zone
    Education is made up of many different environments. How each user and device behaves in an environment is made up of many different factors, including the role of the individual, the device, the application, etc. However, in all cases an always on and secure experience is expected. Educational institutes are looking for business values that the Intelligent Edge can deliver towards them using the context of the network. During this session, we will give you a technical deep-dive of our Education Innovation Zone on how you can use ClearPass and their 3rd party exchange partners to secure teacher, student and IoT devices on the network. Leverage location based services from Meridian and the Analytics and location Engine (ALE) for Automated student / teacher attendance, Wayfinding, Classroom Occupation to optimize processes and cost savings on facilities. And show what happens behind the scenes to ensure IT administrators deliver a great user experience in Education. Join this session if you want to know how to technically build the education environment of the future with Aruba solutions! (Mobility, Switching, Meridian, ClearPass, Beacons, Airwave, 3rd party software, ALE, IoT)

    Deep dive of the Hospitality vertical demo in innovation zone
    Today’s travellers enter hotels and resorts with multiple devices and expectations to always be connected. Hoteliers need to meet expectations with homelike simplicity and enterprise reliability. Aruba offers hoteliers fast and reliable Wi-Fi for guests and back-of-house access, including IoT connectivity and security. We further enable the hotelier to interpret guest preferences and behaviour and offer their guest a truly memorable and personalized experience. This session is a technical story of how the solutions are built.