New cloud-native AIOps, security, and IoT operations features

Aruba’s new updates for Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) include new AIOps, IoT and security features for Aruba Central – the cloud-native, AI-powered network management and analytics platform that sits at the heart of Aruba ESP – as well as additions to the Aruba CX Switching portfolio that are purpose-built for the Intelligent Edge.

New cloud-native management capabilities in Aruba Central, which also serves as the foundation for HPE’s Compute Cloud Console announced today, include:

  • Self-healing AIOps that deliver on the promise of closed-loop remediation, so problems are automatically surfaced and fixed before end users or business performance are impacted, without requiring any manual effort on the behalf of IT operators
  • A new IoT Operations service that extends network monitoring capabilities to sensors, connectors, and other IoT infrastructure, along with an integrated app store that enables customers to deploy best-of-breed applications from Aruba IoT partners in a few clicks
  • New cloud-based authentication and policy capabilities that provide automated, secure network connectivity for end users across a wide range of devices, including SIM-enabled clients – providing a seamless user experience while easing operations for IT admins who manage network access

“With over 17,000 district-issued devices spread across 16 sites serving 14,000 students, our organisation is about as distributed as you can get,” said Jesus Orozco, system administrator at Santa Barbara Unified School District. “In a school district like ours, where device connectivity is a critical element to learning, network downtime is simply not an option. Aruba technology gives us the ability to proactively manage the entire network from one centralised location, making it easier for us to diagnose and solve problems before student learning is impacted. We’re excited about the new advancements in Aruba Central and ArubaOS 10 in furthering our goal of delivering the fast, secure and always-on connectivity that keeps our students connected and engaged.”

As part of Aruba ESP, Aruba Central has experienced significant growth. Today, Aruba Central manages over 100 million client endpoints and 1.5 million devices across 100,000 organisations around the world.

Extending Network Reach to Adapt to the Needs of the Distributed Enterprise

 Aruba is expanding its CX Switching portfolio to include two new series of switches, specifically:

  • The Aruba CX 4100i, a family of ruggedised switches designed to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh environments, well-suited for industrial IoT applications that require always-on PoE and high-performance wired connectivity
  • The Aruba CX 6000, a cost-effective, layer 2 solution purpose-built for remote offices and the SMB market

These new CX switching lines extend the reach of the cloud-native AOS-CX operating system and provide enterprises with the flexibility to embark on new company initiatives and take advantage of new business opportunities at their own pace.

“The developments of the past year have shown us that the distributed enterprise is here to stay, especially as organisations seek ways to maximise flexibility and build resiliency into their businesses in order to adapt quickly to whatever challenges may arise,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst and practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Our research has shown that enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives and prioritising projects that enhance productivity, security and collaboration, however, these highly distributed environments create more IT complexity. Therefore, there’s a real appetite in the market for technologies and solutions that leverage data and automation to increase agility and streamline operations.”

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