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Aruba ESP Campus Introduction

The Aruba Networks ESP Campus is built on technology that provides tools to transform a campus network into a modern, agile connectivity platform that satisfies the varied requirements of organizations of any size, with distributed or centralized operations.

  • The Aruba AOS-CX operating system applies consistent common switching operations across the campus, branch, and data center that can be managed on-premises or from the cloud.
  • AOS 10 is an enterprise-grade, cloud-native, wireless operating system that supports multiple overlay designs, allowing maximum flexibility.
  • Aruba Central is a data-rich cloud platform that provides network management services and tools to wired, wireless, and policy infrastructure.

All three core components of Aruba ESP are backed by artificial intelligence capabilities that provide best practice guidance and enable comprehensive analytics throughout the network’s operational lifecycle.

Traditionally, IT personnel face difficult demands supporting extensive network services and meeting continually expanding requirements for new technologies. The challenges are compounded because many networks contain outdated or siloed legacy infrastructure and often require excessive manual operation and complex maintenance.

Networks of any size require humans to find and address issues that arise. Troubleshooting can be as difficult and time consuming as finding a needle in a haystack.

IT leaders must carefully assess their infrastructure and operational models with a long-term goal of modernizing the architecture to take full advantage of emerging solutions that maximize productivity and reduce strain on existing networks, tools and professional staff. The addition of new technology is a constant in IT: making decisions that not only add new capability but also eliminate current challenges is essential for business success.

Purpose of This Guide

This guide presents design details and considerations for campus networks in the Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) architecture and associated hardware and software components, with examples of reference architectures for small, medium, and large campuses.

Requirements that shape the design and benefits the design can provide to an organization are presented.

The guide uses a sample system that integrates access points (APs), gateways, access switches, aggregation switches, and core switches, with cloud-based orchestration and network management.

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