About Aruba Central

Aruba Central is a powerful cloud networking solution that offers simplicity for today’s networks. As the management and orchestration console for Aruba ESP Encapsulating Security Payload. The ESP protocol provides data confidentiality (encryption) and authentication (data integrity, data origin authentication, and replay protection). (Edge Edge is a device persona that connects endpoints to the fabric. Services Platform), Aruba Central provides a single point of control to oversee all aspects of wired and wireless LANs, WANs, and VPNs across campus, branch, and remote office locations.

AI Artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. AI reduces trouble tickets by identifying the network entity that is facing problems through event correlation and root cause analysis.-powered analytics, end-to-end orchestration and automation, and advanced security features are built into the solution. Live upgrades, robust reporting, and live chat support are also included, bringing more efficiency in day-to-day maintenance activities.

Built on a cloud-native, micro services architecture, Aruba Central delivers on enterprise requirements for scale and resiliency, but is also driven by intuitive workflows and dashboards that make it a perfect fit for SMBs with limited IT personnel. So, whether you have one business location or several, IT can spend less time on managing network infrastructure and more time on creating value for the business.

Key Features

Listed below are some of the key features of Aruba Central:

Central Key Terms

Before getting started with configuring, it is important to understand some important configuration concepts and terminology. The following topics are discussed in this section:

Device Configuration Methods in Aruba Central

Aruba Central offers the following options for configuring devices in your account:

Groups—You can use the Groups feature to create a logical subset of devices. If you have devices that must share common configuration settings, ensure that you assign these devices to the same group. Any new device joining a group inherits the configuration that is already applied on the devices in a group.

Device-specific configuration—If you have fewer devices that do not have the same configuration requirements, you can apply configuration changes at the device level. In some cases, although the devices are assigned to a group, you may want to have a slightly different configuration on one specific device in a group. In such cases, you can modify the device configuration and apply changes at the device level.

Configuration templates—You can also leverage the configuration templates feature to quickly deploy. To use a template-based configuration method for APs, ensure that you enable the template-based configuration mode when creating AP groups.

APIs—Allow you to configure and monitor devices using NB APIs.

Operational Modes and Interfaces

Aruba offers the following variants of the Aruba Central web interface:

Standard Enterprise Mode

Users can manage their respective accounts using the Standard Enterprise interface. In the Standard Enterprise mode, the customers have complete access to their accounts. They can also provision devices and subscriptions to manage their respective accounts.

The following figure illustrates a typical Standard Enterprise mode deployment.

Figure 1  Standard Enterprise Mode

Managed Service Provider Mode

Aruba Central offers the MSP mode for managed service providers who must manage multiple customer networks. The MSP Managed Service Provider. The Managed Service Provider (MSP) mode is a multi-tenant operational mode that Aruba Central accounts can be converted into, provided these accounts have subscribed to the Aruba Central app. administrators can provision tenant accounts, allocate devices, assign licenses, and monitor tenant accounts and their networks. The administrators can also drill down to a specific tenant account and perform administration and configuration tasks. Tenants can access only their respective accounts, and only those features and application services to which they have subscribed.

The following figure illustrates a typical MSP mode deployment.

Figure 2  Managed Service Provider Mode