As part of the shift to an Edge Edge is a device persona that connects endpoints to the fabric.-to-Cloud Platform-as-a-Service organization, Aruba has introduced the Aruba Central Foundation and Advanced Licenses (Aruba Central Licenses). This is a uniform software subscription licensing model 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.
For more information about the features supported, see Aruba Central Licenses Feature Details.
Managing subscriptions will be available in the HPE GreenLake portal. For more information, see Manage section in the HPE GreenLake User Guide.
Changes to the Legacy Licensing Model
For existing Aruba Central customers, please note that the previous Device Management and Service Token model is changed to the new licensing model, which provides a uniform licensing structure for all types of devices such as APs, switches, and gateways.
The following list provides information about important aspects of the legacy licensing model:
- Device Management Token—This is a mandatory token which allows you to manage and monitor your APs and switches from Aruba Central.
- Service Token—This token allows you to enable value-added services for APs managed from Aruba Central. These services include UCC Unified Communications and Collaboration. UCC is a term used to describe the integration of various communications methods with collaboration tools such as virtual whiteboards, real-time audio and video conferencing, and enhanced call control capabilities., AirGroup The application that allows the end users to register their personal mobile devices on a local network and define a group of friends or associates who are allowed to share them. AirGroup is primarily designed for colleges and other institutions. AirGroup uses zero configuration networking to allow Apple mobile devices, such as the AirPrint wireless printer service and the AirPlay mirroring service, to communicate over a complex access network topology., 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. Connectivity Dashboard (formerly, Clarity), Cloud Guest, WebCC, and Presence Analytics.
- Subscription Key—A valid subscription key allows you to manage, profile, and analyze your devices using Aruba Central. A subscription key is a 14-character alphanumeric string provided for either a device management or service token.
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 and switches are no longer available. Similarly, the Service tokens for value-added services on the APs are unavailable. Instead, APs and switches have adopted the current Gateway Foundation and Advanced licensing model.
This chapter includes the following topics:
License Types for Devices - The Aruba Central licensing model provides different licenses for APs, switches, and gateways.
The licenses for APs, switches, and gateways cannot be used interchangeably. For example, you cannot use an AP Foundation License on a gateway. Similarly, if you have an Aruba 25xx Switch but the license available is for an Aruba 29xx Switch, the Aruba 29xx Switch license cannot be applied to the Aruba 25xx Switch.
Supported Devices - The Aruba Central Licenses support APs, switches, and gateways depending on the device model.
Supported Features - The features that are available in both the Foundation and Advanced Licenses have different 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., API Application Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software., monitoring, configuration, troubleshooting, security, service, and SD-Branch options depending on the licensing tier.