About ArubaOS 10

ArubaOS 10 (AOS 10) is a distributed network operating system integrated with Aruba Central that manages and controls Aruba Access Points (APs) and Aruba Gateways. With its flexible architecture, network teams can deliver reliable and secure wireless connectivity with a consistent feature set for remote workers, small offices, mid-sized branches, and large campus environments. By being built on Aruba Central, AOS 10 can also leverage the integrated security features, AI operations and single pane of glass management with other Aruba solutions.

With AOS 10, onboarding, configuring, and provisioning APs and gateways is simpler and requires no manual CLI configuration or maintenance windows. Once the AP is plugged in, the device connects and receives its running configuration from the cloud using zero touch provisioning, which allows remote workers and offices to onboard and configure wireless connectivity without any onsite IT support.

AOS 10 deployments are categorized into:

  • Campus Network
  • Branch Network
  • Microbranch Network

A campus network refers to a LAN Local Area Network. A LAN is a network of connected devices within a distinct geographic area such as an office or a commercial establishment and share a common communications line or wireless link to a server. or a set of interconnected LANs serving a corporation, government agency, university, or a similar organization. A typical campus network encompasses a set of buildings in close proximity with a large number of Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard.-connected clients and applications deployed in public, private, and hybrid clouds.

A branch network is generally an offshoot of the campus network with a small area of operation. In campus and branch networks, the WLANs Wireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. are critical to address the challenges of widespread user mobility, client density, and security. A branch network also typically leverages a full stack networking solution combining both LAN and WAN Wide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance. in a single box.

The Aruba SD-Branch solution (now also powered by AOS 10) offers wireless and wired infrastructure, management, and orchestration in the LAN side with the corresponding SD-WAN Software-Defined Wide Area Network. SD-WAN is an application for applying SDN technology to WAN connections that connect enterprise networks across disparate geographical locations. capabilities on the WAN side; Route and tunnel orchestration, Dynamic Path Steering, Forward Error Correction, SaaS traffic Optimization, SASE Orchestration and so on. The SD-Branch solution extends revolutionary concepts like user-centric security and orchestration to all elements in the branch to deliver a full-stack solution that addresses the business challenges of distributed enterprises.

AOS 10 also supports Microbranch networks where deploying a single AP is required in remote sites such as home offices, small branch offices, retail locations, and so on. The AOS 10 architecture enables Microbranch to combine Wi-Fi and SD-WAN in the same device to extend the WAN to remote workers using a single AP, IT can secure the remote location by applying unified policy-based routing and providing an orchestrated integration with Secure Service Edge providers.

IT gains comprehensive visibility into campus, branch, and remote work environments (SD-Branch and Microbranch) in a combined dashboard to streamline operations and accelerate problem resolution. Remote workers benefit from an office-like experience, accessing the same corporate resources, or plugging into VoIP Voice over IP. VoIP allows transmission of voice and multimedia content over an IP network. devices from home. Route and tunnel orchestration and policy-based routing are combined to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability, ensuring the productivity of remote workforces while maintaining a lean IT footprint.

AOS 10 Architecture

The AOS 10 architecture consists of two layers:

  • Infrastructure layer—The infrastructure layer consists of a WLAN setup that can be either a campus setup or a branch setup. Either can consist only of APs, or APs combined with gateway clusters.
  • Cloud management layer—The cloud management layer consists of Aruba Central which is a cloud management SAAS platform.

The following AOS 10 architectural diagram displays the components of the cloud management and infrastructure layers.

Figure 1  AOS 10 Architecture

Aruba Central offers the following services for managing WLAN devices:

  • Onboarding
  • Configuration
  • Monitoring
  • Live Upgrade
  • Licensing
  • Troubleshooting

AOS 10 WLAN Services include the following capabilities:

The AOS 10, SD-Branch, and Microbranch solution includes the following capabilities: