Aruba brings services-rich CX switching portfolio

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Hong Kong, China: Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (HPE) have expanded its CX switching portfolio with the Aruba CX 6300 and 6400 Series switches.

Along with these switches, Aruba has made advancements in the AOS-CX operating system that offers network operators with a single, simple end-to-end switching platform with improved business outcomes.

Moving from the enterprise edge to the core to the data center, this unique, cloud-native platform is further optimized by Aruba’s powerful Network Analytics Engine (NAE).

It utilizes embedded analytics and automation to simplify management, accelerate troubleshooting of application performance issues and remediate common network problems.

According to Gartner, a “cloud-native infrastructure exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Modularity – It provides abstractions for independent packaging of services (such as containers or serverless functions).
  • Programmability – It supports provisioning and management via declarative APIs and policies.
  • Elasticity – Resources can be scaled up and down dynamically in an automated and policy-driven manner using orchestrators.
  • Resiliency – Services are loosely coupled units that are independent and fault-tolerant.”

One OS. One ASIC Architecture. One Operating Model.
Aruba is pushing for a single OS, ASIC architecture and operating model to drive more benefits and eliminating complexities, spanning across network operations, enterprises and data centers.

Aruba has created the AOS-CX for success for its CX-8400 Series core switching portfolio. It incorporate the key elements of a modern networking infrastructure and include:

Aruba CX 6300 and CX 6400 Series switches featuring Aruba’s 7th Generation ASIC architecture: The Aruba CX 6300 Series is a family of stackable switches that offers flexible growth via a 10-member virtual switching framework (VSF) and provides built-in 10/25/50 gigabit uplinks to meet the bandwidth needs of today and the future.

The Aruba CX 6400 Series modular switches offer both a 5-slot chassis and a 10-slot chassis with a non-blocking fabric that scales from Gigabit POE access to 100G core, allowing customers to standardize on one platform across the enterprise, including hybrid use cases.

AOS-CX 10.4: The new version of AOS-CX introduces rich access features to the OS while extending CX differentiators to the access ayer of the network.

These include Aruba Dynamic Segmentation to provide secure, unified policy across wired and wireless down to every user and IoT device, Ethernet VPN (EVPN) over VxLAN for simplified and secure connectivity from enterprises to data centers, and Virtual Switching Extension (VSX) live upgrades for no downtime during maintenance cycles.

Aruba NetEdit 2.0 with Network Analytics Engine (NAE): The significantly enhanced version of Aruba’s NetEdit software now integrates with Aruba’s NAE.

This advancement enables centralized visualization of network health leveraging NAE distributed analytics across every switch in the network to reduce troubleshooting cycles from days to minutes.

New automation capabilities simplify common tasks such as implementing configuration changes or initial system set-up which can now be completed via the CX Mobile app.

“AI-powered automation must be at the heart of a modern, edge-to-cloud architecture. We believe that AI is the key to analyzing data, providing actionable insights, and automation at scale to optimize network operators’ ability to quickly troubleshoot, remediate and proactively resolve some of IT’s most pressing challenges,” said Kenneth Ma, Director and GM – Hong Kong and Macau – Aruba, a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company.

“We are thrilled to introduce this valuable new solution to enterprise customers across Hong Kong and Macau. This innovative solution will help customer focus on their business mission and avoid wasting time on their bottlenecks,” added Ma.

“The new Aruba CX Switching Portfolio comes to market as demands on the enterprise network continue to increase, with more users, devices and things requiring higher speeds and lower latencies. Enterprises are looking for powerful platforms with simplified operations to keep up with the current and future needs of the business,” said Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst -Network Infrastructure, IDC.

“Aruba’s CX switching portfolio allows customers to use a single platform for Ethernet switching from the datacenter to the access layer, providing a consistent, cloud-native OS, helping enterprises achieve easier management, more consistent operator experience and higher levels of quality assurance,” added Butler.

The Aruba CX Switching Portfolio, including the Aruba CX 6300 and CX 6400 Series switches, the new version of AOS-CX and Aruba NetEdit 2.0 are available now.

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