David Hughes
Chief Product and Technology Officer

David Hughes leads Aruba’s product management and CTO organizations and is responsible for driving Aruba’s product portfolio and vision. He joined Aruba in September 2020 when HPE acquired SD-WAN pioneer Silver Peak Systems. David founded Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. For the first 9 years David drove innovation as CTO, and then from 2013, as CEO, he led Silver Peak beyond WAN optimization to become a leader in the emerging SD-WAN and WAN edge infrastructure markets.

Prior to Silver Peak, David was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where his team developed a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, he held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit.

Earlier, David was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM, which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, he worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc.

David has been awarded more than 100 patents in areas that include data acceleration, routing and packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

Posts (7)


Top 6 networking predictions for 2023

Read the Top 6 Networking Predictions for 2023 by David Hughes, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Aruba Read More


The path to an adaptive, modern network

As the pandemic pushes into its third year, companies seem to have settled into a new norm—one where many employees continue to work remotely, where business requirements are constantly shifting, and... Read More


  • Aruba ESP
  • HPE GreenLake for Aruba


Advancing Hybrid Work

Aruba EdgeConnect Microbranch delivers services directly from a local Aruba wireless access point (AP), with no additional hardware required, to provide remote workers with all the traditional services... Read More


  • EdgeConnect Microbranch
  • Hybrid Workplace
  • Remote Work
  • Zero Trust Security


Top 5 Networking Predictions for 2022

Read about 2022 predictions from David Hughes, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Aruba. Read More


  • Hybrid Workplace
  • IoT
  • Network as-a-Service NaaS
  • SASE

Aruba Pensando Distributed Services Switches
Aruba Unplugged

The Next Evolution of Switching Architecture is Here

Moving intelligent network and security services closer to your applications. Read More


  • AOS-CX
  • CX Switches
  • Data Center
  • Distributed Services Switches
  • Edge Data Center
  • Edge-to-Cloud
  • Intelligent Edge
  • Security
  • Switches


Top 8 SD-WAN Predictions for 2021

avid Hughes, CTO at Aruba, as he shares his top eight predictions and learn how the SD-WAN edge will adapt and evolve to the changing 2021 landscape. Read More

Aruba Silver Peak Gartner
Aruba Unplugged

It’s a three-peat!

For the third consecutive year, Silver Peak has been recognized as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. Read More


  • Gartner
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant
  • SD-WAN