In the previous post, we looked in detail at the challenges organizations face in processing and leveraging the massive amount of data currently generated. In this article, we\'ll explore the benefits and strengths of purchasing a solution like Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform).
Given the importance of capitalizing on opportunities on the periphery, it is essential that companies ensure that they have the appropriate networking base. They must prepare their IT infrastructure for the next major technology transition while ensuring a quick response to the need for business continuity and resilience to unforeseen events.
That\'s where Aruba ESP comes in. It is the industry\'s first AI-powered platform designed to unify, automate and secure the periphery. Aruba ESP combines AIOps, Zero Trust security and unified infrastructure with consumer and funding flexibility to help IT achieve the following:
• Quickly identify and resolve problems to prevent them from impacting the company.
• Protect against complex threats from a fuzzy boundary security perimeter.
• Monitor and manage thousands of WAN, wireless, and wired devices across remote worker locations, data centers, branch offices, or campuses.
• Deploy network services quickly at scale to respond to changing business needs.
• Allow continuous infrastructure investments in the face of uncertain financial difficulties.
Aruba ESP focuses on three areas to build a solid foundation for your network, while flexible financing and consumption models give the company different options.
Aruba ESP uses AI and machine learning (ML), combined with user-centric telemetry and 360-degree network data capabilities that focus on revealing network issues before users realize them. This helps IT move faster and ensure that the service-level expectations of users and devices on the network are met. For example, at a glance, network operators can see a list of all users, devices, and APs that have DHCP issues that will prevent users from connecting. This information will reveal the main causes and, in many cases, will also automatically recommend or take prescriptive action.
By making all of these capabilities available through APIs, Aruba ESP also enables extensibility to third-party solutions, meaning organizations can promote their automation goals within other business processes.
2. Zero Trust Security
Zero Trust is a broad industry term that describes a security framework based on the concept that organizations should not trust any entity within or outside their network perimeter. Aruba ESP adopts Zero Trust principles by using Aruba dynamic segmentation. This ensures the identity of an endpoint, by applying policies linked to those endpoints that have an application-aware firewall. It can also adapt to new threats by exchanging information with other security platforms, and dynamically adjusts policies to endpoints on the network. Built-in VPN support for home-based employees extends the corporate network to the remote edge, and through "role-based access control," centralized corporate policies will follow users and devices no matter how or where they connect.
3. Unified infrastructure
Aruba ESP was primarily designed to provide secure connectivity from the periphery to the cloud. It is managed with Aruba Central, a cloud-native, microservices-based platform that provides the scalability and resiliency needed for the most important environments across the distributed periphery. Compared to competitive solutions that require up to five different platforms and interfaces, Aruba Central and Aruba ESP unify all WAN, wireless, or wired network operations in remote worker locations, data centers, campuses, and branch offices—all under a single dashboard and platform. This capability allows administrators to eliminate the lengthy manual process of moving information from one place to another or attempts to correlate information across multiple views.
To enable flexible deployment options, Aruba ESP infrastructure can be installed on both physical and virtual form factors. Because of their support for multiple clouds, customers can connect and secure physical locations, private clouds, or public clouds evenly. This capability also allows organizations to deploy secure remote work solutions easily, without the need for on-premises staff.
In addition, by using a common data lake on the Aruba ESP platform, Aruba Central correlates and implements multiple dimensions of information in context, unlocks powerful capabilities around automated root-cause analytics, predicts problems before they impact the enterprise, and provides stronger analytics. By automating everyday tasks across the entire network lifecycle, network operators can focus on driving innovation and using the network to create business value on the periphery, rather than just keeping the business running.
In this age of data on the periphery it is clear that today\'s network architecture must be predictive and enhanced with AI to cope with the massive amounts of data and decisions that are required in near real time. Aruba ESP combines the technological principles of AIOps, Zero Trust security and a unified infrastructure to help you capitalize on opportunities on the periphery—so the company accelerates, new revenue streams are built, and engaging experiences are created that delight consumers and employees.