During HPE Discover 2021: Edge-to-Cloud Conference, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), announced a new suite of options and solutions for the Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) designed to streamline network operations and improve IT business maximization efficiency .
Updates include new AIOps, IoT and security features for Aruba Central – the cloud-native, AI-powered network management and analytics platform at the heart of Aruba ESP – as well as additions to the Aruba CX Switching portfolio built specifically for Intelligent Edge. With these improvements, IT can more easily expand the network from edge-to-cloud – all made possible by a seamless, unified infrastructure that delivers new levels of flexibility and simplicity that are especially important in today’s highly distributed business environment.
The circumstances of the past year have had an indelible impact on the company and challenged traditional business models. In the beginning, organizations had to quickly adapt to changing requirements to ensure business continuity. Armed with the experience of the past year, not only do today’s companies adapt and thrive in the midst of new business realities, they are also increasingly investing in technologies that provide a more flexible and resilient IT infrastructure to prepare for major business disruptions. that may occur. occur in the future. 1
Another important consideration that companies struggle with is the distributed nature of today’s business. Not only are applications and workloads distributed across the data center and the cloud, but users themselves are spread across campuses, data centers, branch offices and external staff. Meanwhile, the network has also become more fragmented, with more architectures and various management tools hampering the delivery of IT services in these scattered locations.
The resulting IT complexity can negate the intended benefits of using technologies such as IoT and the cloud, while negatively affecting employee productivity and the end customer experience. As organizations undergo a digital transformation, IT teams are under more pressure than ever to automate and implement technologies and solutions that streamline operations and reduce IT complexity.
Cloud-native management features for a unified infrastructure
One way to reduce IT complexity is to implement a unified infrastructure that can be managed centrally through a single control point. Customers can realize this network simplification through continuous improvements of Aruba Central and ArubaOS 10 (AOS 10), a unified network operating system that brings together WLAN and SD-Branch capabilities. In this way, IT can effectively manage a distributed network environment across micro-industry, branch and campus environments and deliver a high-quality user experience using a single architecture, orchestrated from a single administration console.
New cloud-native administration features in Aruba Central, which also serve as the basis for HPE’s Compute Cloud Console announced today, include:
Self-healing AIOs delivering the promise of closed loop remediation so that problems are automatically identified and resolved before end users or business results are affected, without requiring any manual effort on the part of IT operators
A new IoT Operations service that expands network monitoring capabilities to sensors, connectors and other IoT infrastructure along with an integrated app store that enables customers to implement the best applications from Aruba IoT partners with just a few clicks
New cloud-based authentication and policy features that provide automated, secure network connectivity to end users across a wide range of devices, including SIM-enabled clients – providing a seamless user experience and simplifying the operation of IT administrators managing network access
Working together, these developments reinforce Aruba’s vision to deliver unified infrastructure and new levels of operational simplicity, enabling IT teams to redirect valuable resources to more mission-critical areas.
As part of the Aruba ESP, Aruba Central has experienced significant growth. Today, Aruba Central manages more than 100 million customer endpoints and 1.5 million units at 100,000 organizations worldwide.
Expanding network area to adapt to the needs of the distributed business
To better support customers with their network connectivity needs, Aruba is expanding its flagship CX Switching portfolio with two new series of switches, namely:
Aruba CX 4100i, a family of rugged switches designed to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh environments, suitable for industrial IoT applications that require always-on PoE and high-performance wired connection
Aruba CX 6000, a cost-effective, layer 2 solution designed specifically for remote offices and the SMB market
These new CX circuits extend the reach of the cloud-native AOS-CX operating system and give companies the flexibility to launch new business initiatives and take advantage of new business opportunities at their own pace.
“Developments over the past year have shown us that the distributed business is here to stay, especially as organizations seek ways to maximize agility and build resilience into their business to quickly adapt to any challenges that may arise,” said Bob Laliberte. senior analyst and CEO. practice at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Our research has shown that companies are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives and prioritizing projects that improve productivity, security and collaboration, but these highly distributed environments create more IT complexity. Therefore, there is a great demand in the market for technologies and solutions that utilize data and automation to increase flexibility and streamline operations. ”
Availability and prices
The new software enhancements for Aruba Central and new CX switches will be available in the fall of 2021. Starting prices for the Aruba CX 4100i series and Aruba CX 6000 series switches are $ 4,999 and $ 1,049, respectively. Both solutions are available as a service, either as a managed service or through GreenLake for Aruba.