AOS-CX introduction

AOS-CX is a new, modern, fully programmable operating system built using a database-centric design that ensures higher availability and dynamic software process changes for reduced downtime. In addition to robust hardware reliability, the AOS-CX operating system includes additional software elements not available with traditional systems, including:

  • Automated visibility to help IT organizations scale: The Aruba Network Analytics Engine allows IT to monitor and troubleshoot network, system, application, and security-related issues easily through simple scripts. This engine comes with a built-in time series database that enables customers and developers to create software modules that allow historical troubleshooting, as well as analysis of historical trends to predict and avoid future problems due to scale, security, and performance bottlenecks.

  • Programmability simplified: A switch that is running the AOS-CX operating system is fully programmable with a built-in Python interpreter as well as REST-based APIs, allowing easy integration with other devices both on premise and in the cloud. This programmability accelerates IT organization understanding of and response to network issues. The database holds all aspects of the configuration, statistics, and status information in a highly structured and fully defined form.

  • Faster resolution with network insights: With legacy switches, IT organizations must troubleshoot problems after the fact, using traditional tools like CLI and SNMP, augmented by separate, expensive monitoring, analytics, and troubleshooting solutions. These capabilities are built in to the AOS-CX operating system and are extensible.

  • High availability: For switches that support active and standby management modules, the AOS-CX database can synchronize data between active and standby modules and maintain current configuration and state information during a failover to the standby management module.

  • Ease of roll-back to previous configurations: The built-in database acts as a network record, enabling support for multiple configuration checkpoints and the ability to roll back to a previous configuration checkpoint.