What kind of software release is it?

These descriptions help you understand the ArubaOS wireless LAN software release categories.

General availability

This tag signifies that the release has been deployed in several customer production networks and early adoption issues if any have been resolved. This tag also implies that there are no known, outstanding show stopper issues reported from the field. Aruba encourages adoption of these releases on large scale production networks. These releases go through the normal 18 + 6 month patch, maintenance support process described in later sections.

Early deployment

This tag signifies that the release is fairly recent, introduces significant new software features and/or hardware platforms. Customers interested in benefiting from the new software features or hardware platforms are encouraged to upgrade to this release with the understanding that the release has not yet seen mass adoption. As such, it is best to consult an Aruba representative about unique topology, configuration considerations before the upgrade process. Aruba typically plans to re-classify “Early Deployment” as a “General Availability” release a few weeks after first shipment date.


This tag signifies that the release introduces new software features and/or hardware platforms that address a quickly evolving market need. Customers with specific requirements around these emerging use cases are encouraged to upgrade to this release. These release streams enable Aruba to address customer feature, product demands within a short time window. These releases go through significant QA but the support life cycle for these tend to be short and typically extend until the features merge into a future General Availability release. The technology streams naming convention will adhere to the following pattern [a.b.c.d-featurename] or [a.b.c.d-HWPlatform] where “a.b.c.d” signifies the base Aruba OS version and the featurename/HWPlatform name signifies the new capability being introduced in that particular release.