HPE Aruba Networking Central Paves Way for AI-Powered Network Management Era

HPE Aruba Networking Central Paves Way for AI-Powered Network Management Era

By Greg Tavarez

Businesses have complex and diverse networking needs that require different products and services from different providers. Think about it. In today's complex IT environments, it's not uncommon for enterprises to use networking products and services from multiple vendors to meet different business needs.

However, managing these products and capabilities can be a significant challenge, particularly when IT teams are already stretched thin. For example, different networking products may require different configurations, monitoring tools and troubleshooting techniques, which are complex to manage. If an enterprise is using networking products from multiple vendors, IT teams may need to learn and maintain expertise in various technologies, which is difficult and time-consuming.

In addition, managing multiple networking products and capabilities from different vendors increases the risk of compatibility issues, security vulnerabilities and other problems that impact network performance and stability.

To make network troubleshooting and optimization easier and faster, HPE Aruba Networking Central, a cloud-based platform that manages network operations, launched a new version that uses AI. The platform aims to help businesses with diverse and complex networking needs across various industries, such as manufacturing, retail, and sustainability.

The new version of HPE Aruba Networking Central has several innovative features that set it apart from traditional network management tools. These include:

  • A user-friendly design that can be used by anyone, regardless of their skill level.
  • A “time-travel” feature that allows users to restore the network to a previous state in minutes.
  • A “sunburst” feature that shows the physical and logical structure of large, complex networks.
  • AI-powered indicators and insights that help users diagnose and fix network problems quickly and accurately.
  • Device-agnostic workflows and API support that enable users to automate network configurations at scale.

With these features, HPE Aruba Networking Central promises to reduce manual tasks and improve productivity for networking teams, allowing them to focus on more strategic and higher-value projects.

Additionally, HPE Aruba Networking is also introducing its Agile NaaS framework to make on-demand networking easier for partners to sell and end-user customers to consume. This is achieved with new service pack capabilities added to HPE GreenLake for Aruba networking that enable partners to bundle their design and delivery services for their customers with a monthly NaaS technology subscription.

The Agile NaaS framework provides customers with tools to enable networking teams to partner with the business to develop a NaaS strategy that meets their individual requirements. It also supports a range of acquisition, deployment, and management models, allowing customers to incrementally introduce NaaS without an entire network refresh.

“The evolution of our AIOps in HPE Aruba Networking Central and Agile NaaS represents the next step toward more effectively managing operational complexity, while connecting with ever-expanding workloads from edge to cloud for a seamless hybrid work experience,” said Phil Mottram, executive vice president and general manager, HPE Aruba Networking.

This next step that Mottram speaks about is vital because a modernized network acts as the backbone for surging next-gen digital experiences and enabling new business models.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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