Hewlett Packard Enterprise has unveiled its latest product innovations aimed at simplifying network management processes and improving operational agility for enterprise IT teams. The company’s next generation of HPE Aruba Networking Central is a cloud-native network management solution, with the added capability of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) for customers and channel partners to acquire, deploy, and manage on the HPE GreenLake platform via a monthly subscription.
As many enterprises lack the personnel required to manage multiple networking products and capabilities from multiple vendors, the HPE Aruba Networking Central cloud network management platform has been re-designed to simplify operations and improve productivity. By leveraging artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps), it reduces manual tasks and allows networking teams to focus on more strategic and higher-value projects.
HPE Aruba Networking is introducing its Agile NaaS framework, which is designed to make on-demand networking easier for partners to sell and end-user customers to consume. New service pack capabilities added to HPE GreenLake for Networking enable partners to bundle their design and delivery services with a monthly NaaS technology subscription. This will enable more efficient management of operational complexity, while connecting with ever-expanding workloads from edge to cloud for a seamless hybrid work experience.
HPE’s next generation of Aruba Networking Central delivers a wide range of business outcomes, such as automated factory operations, customized customer experiences, a reduced carbon footprint, and omnichannel retail operations for a seamless shopping experience whether in-store, mobile, or online. The updated design leapfrogs legacy network management tools with new features, such as operator-centric design, simplified user experience, and entity-centric “solar system” views, among others.
The Agile NaaS framework will help customers successfully navigate and implement new consumption choices with network-as-a-service to deliver business outcomes faster. It includes tools to enable networking teams to partner with the business to develop a NaaS strategy that meets their individual requirements, support for a range of acquisition, deployment, and management models, and the ability to incrementally introduce Network-as-a-Service without an entire network refresh. Additionally, the framework provides world-class Zero Trust and SASE security, cloud performance and scale, and AI-powered automation so that customers can start with the best network foundation.
HPE GreenLake for Networking Service Packs are available for order by channel partners across 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. The new Network Policy service pack will be available for order starting in Q3 of HPE’s 2023 fiscal year.
As organizations across the globe build a future connectivity strategy, they’re increasingly focusing on modern enterprise networks that are agile, responsive to business needs and simple to operate, while being powerful drivers of transformation. HPE Aruba Networking has recognized that each organization has unique needs and is at the forefront of reinventing how customers and partners can consume or deliver more business-outcome focused networking. With the enhancements announced, HPE Aruba Networking continues to advance its mature portfolio in the areas of AI, security, automation and Network as a Service.
HPE’s latest offerings have received positive feedback from industry analysts. Maribel Lopez, founder and principal analyst at Lopez Research, noted that companies need a new generation of management tools built for an AIOps environment, with unified workflows from Day 0 planning to Day 1 deployment and Day 2 troubleshooting and optimization, ultimately allowing the needs of the business to drive timelines for technology and the network – not the other way around. Joel Grace, senior vice president of client services at Sayers, stated that HPE GreenLake for Aruba service packs are exactly what their customers need to build and run an edge-to-infrastructure in one place and pay for it all as a service.
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