Overview of Foundation and Advanced Licenses

 

As part of the shift to an Edge-to-Cloud Platform-as-a-Service organization, Aruba has introduced the Foundation and Advanced Licenses. This is a uniform subscription software licensing that will be extended to all products under the Aruba Central-managed portfolio. The new 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10-year fixed-term licenses offer you the flexibility to choose services and device operations that are most meaningful to the type of business that you own.

This licensing model provides different licenses for APs and gateways.

The licenses for APs and gateways cannot be used interchangeably. For example, you cannot use an AP Foundation License on a gateway.

The features that are available in both the Foundation and Advanced Licenses have different monitoring and configuration options depending on the licensing tier.

This licensing model provides the following types of licenses depending on the devices:

This section provides more information about legacy licensing model and the new Aruba Central Licenses basics:

Changes to the Legacy Licensing Model

For existing Aruba Central customers, please note that the new licensing model provides a uniform licensing structure for all types of devices such as APs, switches, and gateways, and changes the previous Device Management and Service Token model.

The following list provides information about important aspects of the legacy licensing model:

The new Aruba Central licenses simplify the existing subscription-based licensing model. With the introduction of this licensing model, the existing Device Management Tokens for APs are no longer available. Similarly, the Service Tokens for value-added services for the APs are unavailable. Instead, APs and switches have adopted the current Gateway Foundation and Advanced licensing model.

Supported Devices for Aruba Central

The licenses are supported for APs and gateways. For more information on the individual device models supported, refer to the next sections. The pricing structure for Foundation and Advanced Licenses for the hardware devices may differ based on the types of models.

For more information about supported APs and gateways, see Supported Devices for AOS 10.x.

APs and IAPs

All AP and IAP models that are currently being shipped are supported. See Supported Instant APs.

Gateways

Aruba Central supports SD-Branch Gateways.

For more information, see Supported SD-Branch Components.

Gateway Foundation and Advanced License

The Gateway Foundation and Advanced License can be assigned to the following gateways:

  • Aruba 70xx Series
  • Aruba 72xx Series
  • Aruba 90xx Series

This license does not have a capacity limit for client devices.

Gateway Foundation Base License

The Gateway Foundation Base License can be assigned to the following gateways:

  • Aruba 7005, 7008, 9004, and 9012

This license includes all the features available in the Gateway Foundation License. However, this license can

support only up to 75 client devices per branch.

When the client capacity reaches the threshold, the following events occur:

  • Aruba Central triggers the Gateway Base License capacity limit exceeded alert.
  • If the notification option for the Gateway Base License capacity limit exceeded alert is configured, Aruba Central sends an email notification with a list of Aruba gateways that exceed the client capacity threshold. You can also configure alerts to trigger an incident using Webhook. For more information, see Gateway Alerts.

Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced with Security License

The Gateway Foundation with Security License can be assigned to the following gateways:

  • Aruba 9004 Gateway
  • Aruba 9012 Gateway

Licensing Features Supported in Aruba Central

This section includes detailed information about the different configuration and monitoring options available for Aruba Central features tied to Foundation and Advanced Licenses.

AP Foundation and Advanced License

The AP Foundation and Advanced License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Feature Category Foundation License Features Advanced License Features

Configuration

All the features in Foundation

Monitoring and Reporting

  • All the features in Foundation
  • Air Slice
    • Visibility and Prioritization of applications

AI Operations

  • AI Search (Natural Language Processing based)
  • AI Insights
    • Connectivity – Wi-Fi
    • Wireless Quality
    • Availability – Access Points
    • Class and Company Baselines
  • AI Assist
    • Dynamic Logs
  • AI/ML assisted client profiling (currently known as CPDI)
  • All the features in Foundation
  • AI Insights
    • Wireless Quality
      • Outdoor clients
      • Tx Power
      • Coverage Hole Detection
  • AI Assist
    • Notify Arubasupport

Troubleshooting

  • Network Check, CLI commands
  • Live Events for Client and AP, Packet Capture

All the features in Foundation

Services

Security

All the features in Foundation

API Application Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software.

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

  • All the features in Foundation
  • Streaming API
Microbranch (in AOS 10.3) for 1 AP (no gateway required)
  • Layer 2, layer 3 and mixed tunnels
  • Data Center and WAN redundancy
  • Cloud Auth survivability
  • Route or tunnel orchestration
  • Policy-based routing
  • Multiple active tunnels
  • Dynamic subnet Subnet is the logical division of an IP network. allocation
  • VPNC as radius proxy
  • Microbranch monitoring
  • All features in Foundation
  • WAN health visibility
  • Cloud Connect security with Zscaler (cloud inspection)

* Requires Gateway running AOS 10.x managed in Aruba Central.

WLAN Gateway License

The WLAN Gateway License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Feature Category WLAN Gateway Features

Configuration

  • UI- and template-based group configuration
    • Gateway Clustering
    • Dynamic Segmentation
    • Tunneling traffic from wireless and wired clients
    • Multi-zone
  • Configuration audit

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Network, WAN Health, Summary Dashboards
  • Network Topology View
  • Client List and Details, Gateway List and Details
  • Application Visibility
  • WebCC Firewall rules, visualization by reputation and category
  • Access to all monitoring data for up to 30 days
  • Access to reporting data for up to 30 days
  • Access to historical Network Summary Report data for up to one year
  • Audit Trail
  • Alerts and Events

AI Operations

  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Availability – Gateways
    • Class and Company Baselines

Troubleshooting

  • Network Check, CLI commands
  • Live Events for Clients

API

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

For more information about the features supported, see Aruba Central License Feature Details.

SD-Branch Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License

The table lists all the features that are available in the Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License:

Feature Category Foundation and Foundation Base Advanced

SD-Branch

All features in Foundation

Services

Not Applicable

Saas Express

API

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

Streaming API

The table lists all the features that are available in the Gateway Foundation with Security and Advanced with Security License:

Gateway Foundation with Security Advanced with Security

All features in Foundation

All features in Advanced

  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Anti-Malware
  • Security Dashboard
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Anti-Malware
  • Security Dashboard