New Aruba Central NetConductor Released Delivering Cloud-Native Services

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Maribel Lopez – Lopez Research

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), has announced substantial Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) enhancements, as well as new Aruba Central features, to help enterprises keep up with quickly changing business requirements. With cloud-native services that ease policy provisioning and automate network configurations across wired, wireless, and WAN infrastructures, the new Aruba Central NetConductor allows organizations to centralize the administration of distributed networks.

While maintaining Zero Trust and SASE security principles, Central NetConductor would allow for a more dynamic network.

According to Aruba, the need for a more agile, adaptable network is highlighted by digital acceleration driven by remote/hybrid work, new business models, and the desire for better user experiences. Aruba offers a complete set of cloud-native services to address the complexity of multi-generational systems, as well as the operational and security problems that come with it.

Traditional VLAN-based designs necessitate extensive manual configuration and integration, are sluggish to adapt to new business connection requirements, and may present security vulnerabilities, stated Aruba. A contemporary, flexible network uses a network ‘overlay’ that connects current VLAN segments with cloud-native policy and configuration services, allowing users and devices to connect securely and reliably from anywhere, added Aruba.

Central NetConductor uses AI for management and optimization, implements business-intent workflows to automate network configuration, and extends Aruba’s built-in security with cloud-native Network Access Control (NAC) and Dynamic Segmentation for fabric-wide enforcement to help users accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. Because Central NetConductor is based on widely established protocols including as EVPN, VXLAN, and BGP, it can be implemented in a seamless way, preserving current Aruba network and third-party vendor infrastructure investments.

“In today’s business world, flexibility is paramount – enterprises need to be able to shift gears, turn up new services and offerings, and serve new customers seemingly overnight. Because the network underpins everything – enabling critical connectivity and data-driven intelligence – it’s got to have the flexibility built-in,” said Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research. “Organizations today should look for standards-based solutions that give them technical flexibility and the ability to protect their investments and adopt new technologies at their own pace, but also options when it comes to consumption models.”

Aruba: 3 Key Principles of Network Modernization

Static networks can no longer support evolving security standards or fulfill expanding business expectations, stated Aruba. As a result, enterprises must engage in a continual network modernization process based on three basic principles:

  • Automation – Reduce the time and resources necessary to build, implement, and operate networks that support remote, branch, campus, and cloud connection with simplified processes and AI-powered automation.
  • Security – With built-in identity-based access control and Dynamic Segmentation, the cornerstone for Zero Trust and SASE frameworks, increased threat detection and prevention is possible.
  • Agility – Unified, standards-based architecture for investment protection and adoption with NaaS consumption models to maximize budget and personnel resources.

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

  • Automation – Intent-based workflows and security policy orchestration with “one-button” connection.
  • Security – Dynamic Segmentation’s built-in Zero Trust and SASE security policy enforcement is extended by pervasive role-based access control.
  • Agility – Cloud-native services provide a centralized view and control. Standards-based for ease of migration and acceptance, as well as the preservation of current investments.
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Lopez Research – Maribel Lopez

“Enterprises have shown tremendous resiliency in the face of major disruptions and tectonic shifts within their businesses over the past two years, and it’s become clear that business agility is now top-of-mind for our customers,” said David Hughes, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

“The advancements introduced today will help customers evolve their approach to a ‘services orientation’ using AI-powered solutions, strengthening security and accelerating the move to a cloud-centric network architecture, which are all hallmarks of a modern network.”

Early access to Aruba Central NetConductor services is currently available, with wide availability set for July 2022. Aruba Central includes Central NetConductor services, which are available with an Advanced license.