New CX Switching portfolio includes enhanced AOS-CX operating system
Aruba Networks is introducing a networking switching portfolio that offers a consistent platform and a single operating system that stretches from the edge and branch environments into the data center.
The Lowdown: The company’s Aruba CX Switching portfolio, announced Tuesday, includes modular access, aggregation, and core switches, all of which run the latest version of its AOS-CX network operating system.
The Details: The cloud-native networking platform from the company, which is owned by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, also leverages Aruba’s Network Analytics Engine (NAE), which uses embedded analytics and automation capabilities to simplify management, streamline the addressing of application performance issues, and address network problems.
The new offering includes:
>CX 6300 and CX 6400 Series switches: The CX 6300 stackable switches include a 10-member virtual switching framework and 10/25/50 Gbit uplinks for improved bandwidth. The CX 6400 modular switches offer five- and 10-slot chassis, a non-blocking fabric that scales from Gbit Power over Ethernet (POE) to a 100G core.
>AOS-CX 10.4: The latest OS iteration includes Aruba Dynamic Segmentation for unified policy across both wired and wireless networks, as well as every user and Internet of Things (IoT) device, Ethernet VPN over VxLAN for simple and secure connectivity, and Virtual Switching Extension live upgrades, which can be done with no downtime.
>Aruba NetEdit 2.0 with NAE: The integration of NAE across every switch reduces troubleshooting times from days to minutes, and the automation means that tasks like making configuration changes or initial setup can be done through the CX Mobile app.
The Impact: For channel partners, the new switch portfolio and upgraded OS means a single, cloud-native platform to sell to customers that are trying to manage increasingly decentralized environments, including having to make changes to the network every time an application is upgraded. Automating such tasks is important for keeping up with the pace of change and reducing errors. The new Aruba offering also gives the channel a single solution to offer customers and a new opportunity for providing professional services.
The Buzz: “AI-powered automation must be at the heart of a modern, edge-to-cloud architecture and, in order to be truly useful, it requires an intelligent infrastructure as the foundation,” said Keerti Melkote, president and founder of Aruba. “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. Our vision for the future is a cloud-native architecture that delivers true business agility and new digital experiences, and today’s introduction is an important step in that direction.”
“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,” said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst of network infrastructure at IDC. “Enterprises are looking for powerful platforms with simplified operations to keep up with the current and future needs of the business. Aruba’s CX switching portfolio allows customers to use a single platform for Ethernet switching from the data center 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.”
“I believe Aruba’s new CX switching portfolio holds tremendous promise, especially for modern health care organizations where so many aspects of improving patient care involve the network, such as connected medical devices and transmission of electronic patient data,” said Dr. Zafar Chaudry, senior vice president and CIO at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Seattle Children’s selected Aruba technology for its research facility, Building Cure, based on the AOS-CX operating system and its ability to deliver non-stop networking that’s future-proof.”
“The network will no doubt play a critical role in the operations of the new Globe Life Field that’s slated to open next spring, so performance, capacity, and visibility are paramount to us,” said Michael Bullock, vice president of IT with the Texas Rangers. “Aruba’s new CX switching portfolio checks off all the right boxes – powerful switching capabilities to help us future-proof our networks, a single OS for a consistent management experience, and embedded analytics for real-time visibility for quicker resolution of issues – enabling us to focus our energies on delighting our fans with memorable and engaging experiences.”