Aruba ESP Delivers Cloud-native Services for Edge-to-Cloud Networks

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has announced significant advancements to Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform), with new functionality in Aruba Central which will enable organizations to keep pace with changing business requirements.

The Aruba Central NetConductor allows enterprises to centralize management of distributed networks with cloud-native services that simplify policy provisioning and automate network configurations in wired, wireless and WAN infrastructures.

Central NetConductor enables a more agile network while enforcing Zero Trust and SASE security policies. Aruba also revealed self-locating indoor access points (APs) with built-in GPS receivers and Open Locate, a proposed industry standard for sharing location information from an AP to a device.

Simple, intuitive user interfaces within cloud-native Aruba Central NetConductor enable IT teams to translate business intent to network configuration.

Digital acceleration driven by remote/hybrid work, new business models and the demand for improved user experiences highlights the need for a more agile, flexible network. Aruba provides a comprehensive set of cloud-native services to deal with the complexity of multi-generational architectures with its attendant operations and security challenges. Traditional VLAN-based architectures require significant manual configuration and integration, are slow to adapt to new business connectivity requirements and introduce potential security gaps.

A modern, agile network employs a network “overlay” that stitches together existing VLAN segments with cloud-native policy and configuration services that enables users and devices to make secure and reliable connections from anywhere.

To help customers accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, Central NetConductor uses AI for management and optimization, implements business-intent workflows to automate network configuration and extends Aruba’s industry-leading built-in security with cloud-native Network Access Control (NAC) and Dynamic Segmentation for fabric-wide enforcement.

Because Central NetConductor is based on accepted protocols such as EVPN, VXLAN and BGP, it can be adopted in a seamless manner that preserves investments based on the ability to operate with existing Aruba networks and third-party vendor infrastructures.

Three Key Principles of Network Modernization

Static networks no longer meet growing business demands or support changing security requirements; therefore, organizations must be in a process of continuous network modernization based on three main principles:

  • Automation – Simplified workflows and AI-powered automation to reduce the time and resources required to plan, deploy, and manage networks that support remote, branch, campus, and cloud connectivity
  • Security – Increased threat detection and protection with built-in identity-based access control and Dynamic Segmentation that are the foundation for Zero Trust and SASE frameworks
  • Agility – Unified, cloud-native, standards-based architecture for investment protection and ease of adoption with NaaS consumption models to optimize budget and staff resources

Aruba Central NetConductor accelerates the deployment, management and protection of modern, fabric-based networks by mapping capabilities to the three network modernization principles:

  • Automation – Intent-based workflows with “one-button” connectivity and security policy orchestration
  • Security – Pervasive role-based access control extends Dynamic Segmentation for built-in Zero Trust and SASE security policy enforcement
  • Agility – Cloud-native services for a single point of visibility and control. Standards-based for ease of migration and adoption to preserve existing investments

Innovations in Indoor Location Services

WLAN AP installation remains a manual process which is time-consuming, prone to error and results in an unreliable reference for location-aware applications. To address this, Aruba has introduced the self-locating indoor APs to simplify how organizations capture indoor location data and communicate information over the air to any mobile device or application.

Aruba Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E APs use a combination of built-in GPS receivers, Wi-Fi Location support for fine time measurement and intelligent software to enable accurate, automated WLAN deployments. Aruba’s self-locating WLAN APs provide zero-touch determination of AP location, continuously validate and update location, and provide a set of universal coordinates that may be transposed on any building floor map or web mapping platform.

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