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Aruba service overlays existing infrastructure with virtual networks

Aruba Networks extends its Edge Services Platform to better manage and automate the operation of remote distributed enterprise networks.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s networking subsidiary has deployed NetConductor, a cloud-based service that Aruba says will help enterprises centrally manage distributed network security while simplifying policy provisioning and automating configuration orchestration network in wired, wireless and WAN infrastructures.

NetConductor is a service provided by Aruba Central, the vendor’s leading cloud-based management platform and works by providing an EVPN, VXLAN-based network overlay over a customer’s wired and wireless networks providing a view more unified and simplified from network to networking. says Larry Lunetta, vice president of wireless LAN and security solutions marketing at Aruba.

“The idea is that NetConductor finds all network components, and users can set policies and security in the framework wizard – press a button, and the whole environment is created and visible,” Lunetta said. “NetConductor presents a much more unified and simplified view of the network to the network team, and a way to propagate pervasive security policies across the network as well.”

The Fabric Wizard sets up a graphically driven user workflow that allows the networking team to configure these segments, put them together in a way that makes sense from a business and IT perspective, and with a simple click, to propagate the configuration information to the infrastructure, Lunette says.

With NetConductor, IT then has a way to link connectivity modules, using a set of protocols including EVPN and VXLAN. Traditional VLANs have about 4,000 addressable network segments, while VXLAN has 16 million, making it easier for customers to expand their networks, Lunetta said.

The system also enforces traffic segmentation so that an organization can enforce security policies and control and protect access to resources.

Experts said NetConductor could be an attractive option for companies looking to master widely distributed environments.

“Organizations around the world are looking to improve their network management to reflect the new realities of their corporate networks. Today’s enterprise networks must extend beyond traditional campuses and branch offices to a variety of edge locations, including remote and hybrid workers, as well as other endpoints where users and devices connect to the network,” said Brandon Butler, research director at IDC’s Network Infrastructure. group.

“Meanwhile, the scale and complexity of enterprise networks continue to increase with more and more users and devices on the network accessing higher-bandwidth applications,” Butler said. “In response, enterprises are looking for management platforms that facilitate operations, while consolidating management across wired and wireless LANs, and integrated LAN and WAN management.

NetConductor aims to help solve these problems with a centralized management platform that provides policy and security enforcement across LAN and WAN, using common industry protocols EVPN and VXLAN that can overlay existing network infrastructure. , Butler said.

“This is a significant step forward for Aruba as it allows overlay policy enforcement to go beyond the role-based access controls the company has had with its platform. ClearPass, and creates an ability for customers to create a dynamic segmentation overlay that spans a network fabric. “, Butler said.

In addition to the NetConductor service, Aruba announced self-locating indoor Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E access points to simplify how organizations capture indoor location data and communicate information to mobile devices or applications.

Aruba Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E access points with built-in GPS receivers and intelligent software enable accurate and automated WLAN deployments. Aruba’s self-locating WLAN access points provide contactless location determination of the access point, continuously validate and update location, and provide a set of universal coordinates that can be mapped to a map. ‘stage.

“With built-in GPS, customers can automatically locate hotspots themselves, where the previous method was a manual survey, and if the hotspots move, you have to go back and look again. But if they move through our system, they’re automatically moved around the map,” Lunetta said. “We can use the data collected from the hotspots to develop new business applications through a set of protocols and interfaces Open Locate because we can broadcast location information over Bluetooth and WiFi for other apps to use,” Lunetta said.

Aruba Central NetConductor services are available in early access now and will be generally available in July. Aruba Wi-Fi 6/6E access points include auto-location and are currently shipping.

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