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Subverting traditional network management Aruba's next-generation network solutions

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January 25, 2018, Beijing - Aruba, a leading global provider of next-generation network solutions, officially launched a new network solution for enterprise users. Through this program, Aruba will help enterprise users break the solidification model of traditional network management and use disruptive innovations to help companies build a more competitive network in the wave of digital transformation.
In order to help enterprise users to subvert the traditional network management, Aruba has released a complete set of solutions covering core switching, access and network management, including: 8400/8320 core switches, AP340 and AP370 wireless access points, ArubaOS 8.0 controller intelligent operation Systems, IntroSpect Behavior Analysis Security Software, ClearPass Profiler IoT Device Analyzer, Net Insight Cloud Network Management Analysis Platform, and Aruba Central Integrated Cloud Management Platform and SD-Branch Software Defined Branch Network Architecture.
The picture shows Xie Jianguo (left), President of Aruba China, Steve Wood (second from left), Vice President of Aruba Asia Pacific, Ash Chowdappa (third from left), General Manager of Aruba Wireless Network Business, Mark Carroll (third from right), Vice President of HPE, and Aruba Asia Pacific District Chief Technology Officer Amol Mitra (second from right) and Aruba China Vice President Technical Sales Wu Zhangming (first from right) jointly announce new products
A new round of digital transformation, network management will be subverted
The wave of new round of digital transformation with the core of cloud computing, the Internet of Things, mobility, and intelligence is at the time. In the future, the scale of mobile Internet users and the number of IoT device access will all be substantial. Steve Wood, vice president of Aruba's Asia-Pacific region, pointed out that "for network management and applications, this is a change and subversion of the 'rules of the game." In his opinion, closed and static network management in the era of wired networks is difficult to adapt to mobilization. And the new environment of the Internet of Things. The future network will be subverted in three dimensions, including subverting network boundaries, innovating security strategies, and intelligent network management.
Overcomes the network boundaries, Aruba's core switching and network control technologies gain multiple industry firsts
Aruba believes that under the trend of mobile first, wired and wireless networks are “individual governance”, causing problems such as redundant construction of network facilities and inefficient management. The network of the future will be integrated into an entire network, and enterprises will be able to deploy and manage them in a unified manner. Based on the above ideas, the Aruba 8400 core switch has a landmark. At the same time, Aruba OS 8.0 has pushed the management of network controllers to intelligence.
  Industry's First Software-Defined Architecture Approach: Aruba 8400 Core Switch
As a disruptive product, the Aruba 8400 core switch is the industry's first network switch that uses a software-defined architecture. The industry-leading ArubaOS-CX operating system enables breakthroughs in the campus core and converged network technologies. Extend from the edge to the core and meet multiple application requirements such as high performance, high availability, security, visual management, and intelligent troubleshooting.
Different from traditional switch hardware, the 8400 core switch not only has high performance and carrier-class reliability, but also features ArubaOS-CX, a new switch operating system with built-in Python script and REST API. The granularity of the switch function is programmable. It acts as a neural hub in the switch, automatically simplifying key and complex network tasks. At the same time, Aruba Network Analytics Engine performs performance monitoring and intelligent troubleshooting of network systems through simple rule-based monitoring and automatic association of network activities.
Bringing Virtualization Technology to Network Control for the First Time: Aruba OS 8.0 Controller Operating System
As the hub for controlling AC and AP access points, the Aruba OS 8.0 controller intelligent operating system applies virtualization technology to the network controller domain for the first time. Its “killer” innovation lies in:
  1. The physical wireless controller is virtualized to implement intelligent management of the AP. For example, in a large campus network, users can seamlessly roam across controllers. Managers can flexibly adjust controller load balancing based on user access density.
  2. The MultiZone feature is the industry's first shared AP technology that uses the same wireless access point in the same physical location and has up to five independent security networks.
  3. AirMatch technology more intelligently optimizes RF parameters based on the environment to improve user experience.
  4. Live Upgrade enables online, non-stop upgrades, eliminating the need to reboot the entire system and reducing disruption to end-user network users when quickly troubleshooting or upgrading the network.
  5. Innovate security strategies, gain insight into user behavior and securely connect smart devices
Aruba believes that threats to network security are more complex and frequent in the context of mobile and Internet of Things. In the past, security management methods for enterprises to isolate corporate networks and the Internet by setting up firewalls were difficult to parry as the use of networks changed (mobile terminals, IoT devices and BYOD were heavily involved in corporate networks). Based on AI's machine learning technology, Aruba's security strategy begins with an analysis of future IoT devices and user behaviors to provide intelligent solutions. Aruba IntroSpect and ClearPass Profiler came into being.
  1. IntroSpect behavior analysis security software is based on the user's online habits, forming a precise and visual user behavior portrait. When the platform recognizes user abnormalities or high-risk Internet behavior, it can promptly warn the hazard before it occurs, and send the information to the ClearPass platform on the platform to repair these attacks.
  2. ClearPass Profiler can identify any smart device connected to the Internet of Things and visualize the device type, status, location, etc. to determine the access device risk. This is very necessary in the context of the future Internet of Things.
Intelligent network management to fully stimulate network application performance
Aruba emphasized that intelligence is one of the core features of future network management. The use of cloud, visualization and artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies to further stimulate network management and application effectiveness. Aruba's innovation is based on this, covering cloud management, software-defined branch network, and intelligent operation and maintenance.
  Smart Network Operation & Maintenance "Exclusive Secrets": Aruba NetInsight Cloud Network Management Platform
Aruba NetInsight cloud network management platform can be described as Aruba's "unique secret", so that the network operation and maintenance management really caught the "Express" of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The platform is based on the big data and AI machine learning technology formed by cloud-based network configuration sharing, coupled with Aruba's rich Wi-Fi knowledge, technology, and experience to find the best tuning solution for network configuration optimization for users in the same type of demand.
  One-Stop Deployment and Management in Cloud: Aruba Central Integrated Cloud Management Platform
Aruba believes that the cloud approach can greatly improve network management efficiency and reduce operating costs. Especially for the application scenarios of multi-branch organizations, Aruba adopts the cloud to solve the limitations of traditional network management, including manual, long deployment cycle, complicated management, and invisible effects. Aruba Central's cloud-based platform enables centralized network management including wireless networking, wired switching, and WAN routing infrastructure. This means that the branches only need to deploy the AP access points, and the central administrator can complete network configuration delivery, network performance monitoring, and fault diagnosis, which greatly saves costs and enables more simplified and convenient network deployment.
  Software-Defined Branches Simplify Network Deployment: Aruba SD-Branch Software-Defined Branch Architecture
Aruba SD-Branch software-defined branch architecture provides a complete software-hardware solution for the network management of large and medium-sized enterprise branch chains. Its performance is reflected in: (1) Using a common strategy across LAN, WLAN, and WAN to implement a unified strategy Deployment and control. (2) Providing diversified management models for self-management and cloud management models; (3) Making use of fewer devices to make the network easier.
Amol Mitra, chief technology officer of Aruba Asia Pacific, said, “In the wave of digital transformation, Aruba not only has to maintain its leading technological advantage in the wireless field, but also become a leader in core-to-edge network, providing access layer to data center. Integrate solutions to help companies better deploy, apply, and manage the network, making it easier to handle all aspects of work and personal life."
Mark Carroll, HPE vice president and general manager of the wireless network business, said, "Aruba's product portfolio redefines future network management, and has changed from a solid, static client-server model to a software-defined approach over the past decade. Access cloud-based applications seamlessly and securely from any device, anywhere, which not only represents the future of web applications, but also represents Aruba's technological innovation."
Wu Zhangming, vice president of technical sales for Aruba China, said that the high penetration of Mobilization and Internet of Things technologies has caused the subversion of network management to be “in the right direction”. In the process of realizing the network from the wired era to the wireless-led process, network boundaries have been consolidated and mobilized. Network management of automation and visualization is the inevitable way.
Finally, Xie Jianguo, President of Aruba China, concluded: “The launch and landing of Aruba's next-generation network solutions in China shows that the Chinese market has always been one of Aruba’s strategic cores. We will not only be better through Aruba’s R&D center in Beijing. In order to introduce globally-available products, it is necessary to provide customized solutions for Chinese corporate users in accordance with the needs and usage scenarios of local customers, and help them to subvert network management and grasp business opportunities in the wave of digital change."
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