Introducing Aruba ESP, the Industry’s First Cloud-Native Platform Built for the Intelligent Edge

New Platform Uses AI and Automation to Convert Data into Actionable Insights; Supports Business Continuity and Recovery to Address Rapidly Evolving Organizational Needs

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 18 June 2020 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE:
HPE), today introduced Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform), the industry’s first AI-powered, cloud-native platform
that predicts and resolves problems at the network edge before they happen. Built
on AIOps, Zero Trust network security, and a Unified Infrastructure for campus,
data center, branch and remote worker locations, Aruba ESP delivers an
automated, all-in-one platform that continuously analyzes data across domains, ensures
SLAs, identifies anomalies and self-optimizes, while seeing and securing
unknown devices on the network. Aruba ESP is designed to deliver a cloud
experience at the edge and can be consumed either as a service in the cloud or
on-premises, as a managed service delivered through Aruba partners, or via network
as a service through HPE GreenLake. Tailored for varying economic requirements,
customers may also procure it with flexible financing options via HPE Financial


The technology market undergoes
a major transition about once every decade. The last two decades were centered
on delivering ubiquitous mobility followed by the move to cloud-based
applications. We are now entering an era of data analytics driven by IoT, AI
and automation supported by compute and modern networking to power a new breed
of applications and workloads that work in concert with the cloud but that
operate at the edge. As a result, enterprises are generating massive amounts of
unstructured data at the edge which, if analyzed and acted upon properly, can
be used to improve efficiencies, enhance experiences and enable new business
outcomes. The key to turning these real-time insights into meaningful actions
is to analyze and process this data at the point of origin — the edge — where
people, devices and things connect to the digital world. This ability to generate
actionable insights based on data is especially pertinent today during this
unprecedented time in history where businesses, employees and, subsequently,
the corporate network must adapt to rapidly evolving business and workplace


Utilizing unstructured data
at the edge requires a network that leverages AI via network telemetry to
process that data at a rate and volume beyond what’s possible at human scale. It
also requires an infrastructure with an AI-powered “sixth sense” that
proactively identifies impending issues, recommends an accurate resolution and
leverages automation to turn that into logical actions, all without manual intervention.
Through continued analysis of network, user, and device insights, Aruba ESP turns
information into knowledge, helping organizations accelerate transformation and
maintain business continuity via a single, cloud-native platform that can
reside either on-premises or in the cloud, and secures and unifies the
infrastructure across the enterprise built on the following core principles:


  • AIOps is the critical component of
    Aruba ESP, which uses AI and analytics to identify exact root causes with
    greater than 95% accuracy, auto-remediate network issues, proactively monitor
    the user experience, tune the network to prevent problems before they occur,
    and use peer benchmarking and prescriptive recommendations to continuously optimize
    and secure the network. In a live customer deployment, using AIOps resulted in
    a 15% increase in throughput capacity and reduced issue resolution time by
    nearly 90%, ultimately resulting in a vastly improved end user and IT experience.
  • Unified Infrastructure consolidates all network operations for switching,
    Wi-Fi and SD-WAN across campus, data center, branch, and remote worker environments
    under Aruba Central, a cloud-native, single-pane-of-glass
    console that correlates cross-domain events to reduce issue resolution time and
    manual errors. In addition, Aruba’s unified infrastructure approach provides
    customers with a choice between controller services on-premises or in the
    cloud, delivering maximum flexibility at enterprise scale.
  • Zero Trust Network Security combines built-in role-based access technology, Dynamic Segmentation and identity-based
    intrusion detection to authenticate, authorize and control every user and
    device connecting to the network, while still detecting, preventing, isolating and
    stopping attacks before they impact the business.

“The Aruba Edge
Services Platform (ESP) is designed to help organizations by leveraging data
telemetry from their networks to reduce complexities by automating more IT
Operation tasks. This allows organizations to solve complex IT issues faster
while securing the unified infrastructure across campus, branches and now micro
branches in homes, leaving more time and resources to focus on innovation,”
said Justin Chiah, Senior Director of South East
Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong/Macau, and Product Category, Asia Pacific and Japan
of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “Aruba ESP is even more
relevant in the wake of today’s varying economic environments, as we are seeing
businesses step up their digital transformation gear and much of that change depends on having agile, scalable, cloud-native and
secure network management tools.”


New Innovations Within Aruba ESP


Aruba ESP is the industry’s
most scalable, full-stack, cloud-native platform for wired, wireless and SD-WAN
environments that unifies multiple network elements for centralized management
and control. Aruba ESP is based on open standards and enables integration with
a variety of third-party solutions and services. Significant innovations
introduced today include:


  • Cloud-native management for any
    size enterprise
    — Aruba Central currently runs mission critical networks for over 65,000
    customers and now with new ArubaOS services, it is the industry’s only controllerless,
    cloud-based platform to provide full-stack management and operations for wired,
    wireless and SD-WAN infrastructure of any size across campus, data center,
    branch, and remote worker locations to be consumed on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Simplified daily operations with unified infrastructure — With access to a common
    data lake via Aruba ESP, the latest version of Aruba Central has been enhanced
    with simplified navigation, advanced search, and contextual views to present
    multiple dimensions of information through a single point-of-control, virtually
    eliminating the need for disparate tools to collect and correlate information
    across numerous domains and locations.
  • Reduced resolution time with
    AI and automation
    — Aruba has a proven track record of bringing AI-powered innovations to
    market, including unique technologies like Aruba AirMatch. Based on modeling data
    from over one million network devices generating over 1.5B data points per day,
    Aruba’s new AI Insights reduces troubleshooting time by identifying hard-to-see
    network configuration issues and providing root-cause, prescriptive
    recommendations and automated remediation to continuously optimize network
  • AI-powered IT Efficiencies–Aruba Central now offers AI Search, a Natural Language
    Processing data discovery service that enables IT teams to eliminate “swivel
    chair” investigations by using simple, English language queries to extract
    comprehensive user and device information from Aruba ESP’s common data lake to present
    relevant information in context to quickly resolve a problem. For more complex
    issues, AI Assist uses event-driven
    automation to collect and post all the relevant data for both the
    internal help desk and Aruba TAC.
  • Granular visibility across
    applications, devices and the network
    — Enhancements to Aruba Central enable user-centric analytics
    from User Experience Insight to identify client,
    application, and network performance issues faster.
  • Extension of next-gen switching to distributed and mid-size enterprises — To help organizations
    accelerate Edge transformation, Aruba has expanded its CX Switch portfolio to
    include the Aruba CX
    6200 Switch Series
    . This new series brings built-in analytics and automation capabilities to
    every network edge where user and device connectivity occurs, generating
    insights that can be applied to informing better business outcomes. The CX 6200
    switch series further expands Aruba’s end-to-end CX switching portfolio,
    enabling customers to run a single operating model from the enterprise campus and branch access layer to the data center.
  • Ongoing innovation with new Developer Hub — Aruba is introducing the Developer
    Hub, a comprehensive resource for developers that includes Aruba APIs and
    documentation to streamline the development of innovative, next-generation edge
    applications leveraging the open Aruba ESP platform.

“Our large-scale network spans multiple campuses and learning
centers that run performance-stringent applications to keep our students,
academics and researchers connected and productive,” said Ron Gardner, senior
infrastructure engineer at James Cook University. “We have chosen to take a
cloud-first approach to operating our infrastructure and the enhancements to
Aruba Central and ArubaOS give us the visibility and insight to simplify
operations while reducing our equipment footprint and securely manage our large
campuses and distributed locations from the cloud, ultimately allowing us to
proactively identify and address issues before they disrupt operations.”


To address the varying
business and technical requirements of organizations looking to harness the
power of the Intelligent Edge, Aruba has expanded its consumption and
procurement options. These include network as a service through HPE GreenLake or customers can procure
Aruba ESP with flexible financing
options via HPE Financial Services


“With the size of our
infrastructure and massive volume of data being generated at the edge, we
needed a way to identify, fix and fine-tune the network automatically,” said
Brandon Stratton, ES network administrator of Information Technology at the
University of Houston. “Aruba’s expertise and approach with AI-based solutions,
like NetInsight, represents a pragmatic path for us to analyze and then act on
the insights we capture.”


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