Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, recently held its annual user event, Atmosphere, which returned to an in-person format after being virtual for two years.

The event is Aruba’s largest and is the place for customers to learn about the latest and greatest that’s coming. The theme of “ATM22” was “Making Connections, Anywhere,” which I thought was apropos, given the trend to hybrid work where digital technologies – particularly the network – are needed to keep us connected in a world where physical distancing has become the norm.

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Network Innovation on Display at Aruba Atmosphere

Apple recently introduced the general availability of a service called Apple Business Essentials, which helps small businesses throughout the entire device management life cycle, including device setup, storage, upgrades, and repairs.

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Apple’s Small Business Service Now Available as Subscription

In a surprise move, Hewlett Packard announced a definitive agreement to acquire Poly, a vendor of workplace collaboration solutions for $3.3B in cash, which is inclusive of about $1.6B in debt.

This marks the end of an era for Poly, formerly Polycom, which was one of the pioneers of videoconferencing. The current Poly company is a combination Polycom business and Plantronics, which acquired the video vendor in 2018. Later that year, Logitech attempted to purchase Poly, but the deal fell apart at the 11th hour.

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Hewlett Packard Buys Poly To Address Hybrid Work Requirements

After two years, the Enterprise Connect show returned to an in-person format in Orlando, Florida. Enterprise Connect is typically a show that communications vendors use to announce new products and features – and Amazon Web Services (AWS) did just that.

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Amazon Connect Previews New Contact Center Capabilities

It’s a well-known fact that Internet connectivity in high density environments like stadiums can be erratic and slow. Anyone who has been in airport, conference center, hotel, stadium, or other high-volume facility has experienced the pain of inconsistent Wi-Fi – the network works well one minute only to lag or stop the next.

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What Super Bowl LVI Revealed about Wi-Fi Technology