Story image

Aruba gets to core of mobile, cloud and IoT switching demands

12 Jun 17

Aruba has debuted a new switch and operating system which it says will help businesses better manage the deluge of data coming from mobile, cloud and IoT.

The company, now part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, says the Aruba 8400 Core Switch Series and ArubaOS-CX are purpose built for emerging mobile-cloud business applications and changing traffic patterns that are being driven by the massive flood of data sources and growth in IoT.

Tom Black, Aruba vice president and general manager of campus switching, says surging growth in connected ‘things, along with the exponential growth in different types and form factors of mobile computing devices and widening array of data sources, is proving a headache for IT managers.

“Across the industry spectrum, we consistently heard IT departments struggling to address three trends related to line of business expectations: Mobile and cloud, IoT and expanding data sources,” he says.

Black says Aruba has re-imagined and re-engineered core and aggregation switching from the ground up, ‘to shatter the manual labour-intensive networking paradigm’ and address all three challenges.

Black says the new offerings apply the same software-based approach customers are already using for streamlined Wi-Fi.

“This means we’ve completely modernised switching to extend the same automation, analytics and policy-based administration from the edge all the way into the campus core,” he says.

While Aruba says the 8400 provides carrier class availability and performance, it’s the ArubaOS-CX operating system which Aruba dubs ‘the most unique innovation’ in the switch, providing ‘a modern foundation that is a departure from today’s static, inflexible operating system design’.

“ArubaOS-CX acts as the brains of the switch to automate and simplify many critical and complex network tasks,” Aruba says.

The OS provides automated visibility to enable IT professionals to monitor network system, application and security-related activities and quickly detect problems, analyse trends and predict or avoid issues that can led to scale, security and performance bottlenecks.

To address any problems found, the Aruba 8400 can provide immediate resolution via its programmability and its intelligent policy-based integration with network monitoring, performance and security management tools, Aruba says.

The offering is also fully programmable, with a built-in Python interpreter and REST-based APIs for integration and ongoing flexibility.

Forcepoint and Chillisoft - “a powerful combination”
Following Chillisoft’s portfolio expansion by signing on Forcepoint, the companies’ execs explain how this is a match made in cybersecurity heaven.
David Hickling in memoriam: “Celebrate the life and the music it made”
Dave was a well-respected presence in the IT channel and his recent death was felt by all the many people who knew him as a colleague and a friend.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."
IDC: Smartphone shipments ready to stabilise in 2019
IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019, while the world's largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018.
Microsoft NZ bids Goldie a “fond farewell”
Microsoft New Zealand director of commercial and partner business takes new role across the Tasman. The search for his replacement has begun.
One Identity a Visionary in Magic Quad for PAM
One Identity was recognised in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management for completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Accenture 'largest Oracle Cloud integrator in A/NZ'
Accenture has bought out Oracle Software-as-a-Service provider PrimeQ, which now makes Accenture the largest Oracle Cloud systems integrator in Australia and New Zealand.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.