What are the Benefits of the ArubaOS Platform?

Enterprise businesses around the globe are betting big on network computing. Between cloud services, IoT and remote devices, mobile computing, edge computing clusters, and SD-WAN and MPLS networks, these businesses are investing heavily in secure, high-performance network computing solutions. 

Managing these networks can be nearly impossible without the right tools and support. Some companies turn to service providers to install, manage, and maintain their enterprise networks. Others look to software products to field their own custom solutions. ArubaOS, an operating system for networked computing and storage, is a product for that second group.

Here are some of the major benefits of ArubaOS, and why you might want to adopt it for your business needs.

What is ArubaOS?

ArubaOS is a network operating system (NOS) developed by Aruba, a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard. Like most Network OS platforms, ArubaOS provides management and support for networked computers.

Most network operating systems help networked computers use shared resources more effectively and efficiently, which makes them great for LANs and WANs (especially the growing SD-WAN market for enterprise businesses). Many network operating systems exist primarily to support connecting hardware resources like servers, printers, and even multiprocessing capabilities.

ArubaOS extends NOS functions to encapsulate some of the most cutting-edge network functionality that businesses use today. Primarily, these functions are:

  • Network Security
  • Voice and Video Services
  • Cloud Services
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

With that kind of functionality in mind, it’s easy to see how ArubaOS’s focus on performance, security, and reliability make it a great product for enterprise businesses operating networked, mission-critical technologies.

Aruba Mobility Controllers

What makes ArubaOS specifically tailored for the above uses is how it connects Aruba mobility controllers. 

What is a mobility controller? Aruba controllers are essentially specialized routers built with enterprise-grade edge computing, cloud, and IoT support in mind. 

  •  Aruba Controllers are router appliances that provide layer 3 roaming and redundancy for remote locations. These allow for businesses to extend secure, high-performance routing to remote branches for things like SD-WANs or VPN support (among other uses).
  •  Aruba Gateways are cloud devices optimized for MPLS and mobile devices. 

ArubaOS, therefore, is the central command structure and software for these devices to control routing, rules, security, and access.

ArubaOS and Mobile Computing

The benefits of ArubaOS are rooted in the basic benefits of any NOS with the added bonus of Aruba’s focus on cloud and IoT computing.

  •  ArubaOS and Mobile Computing: ArubaOS includes the latest wireless security standards for mobile and Wi-Fi access. ArubaOS supports 802.11ax, WPA3, and Open Wi-Fi for the latest in wireless security. This means that you can connect wireless devices with less worry about the security of your network. 
  •  ArubaOS and the Internet of Things: With its focus on mobile computing, it is no wonder that ArubaOS helps enterprise businesses expand into the world of IoT technology. Remote devices and edge computing clouds are controlled through an IoT-focused operating system that controls performance and security in a single space. 
  • ArubaOS and Artificial Intelligence: ArubaOS boasts AI systems to automate network operations without direct human interaction. ArubaOS can manage up to 10,000 APs and segment network traffic for security and performance. 

ArubaOS and AI Support

We did mention that ArubaOS includes AI support, and we don’t want to gloss over that fact. ArubaOS is one of the only NOS systems that uses AI as part of its operation. 

One of its major innovations is its ClientMatch technology. This RF optimization tool boosts network computing and WAN performance through automated routing and controls. This means that the system benefits those who want high-performance networks that span across traditional computers, Wi-Fi routers, cloud systems, and edge node devices connected via RF.

With this kind of automation, enterprises that rely heavily on edge computing and wireless connectivity can count on ArubaOS to handle decision-making for clients and streamline performance when you have a diverse ecology of client devices attached to your network. 

Easy Upgrades Without Micromanaging

ArubaOS also comes with Mobility Master, which handles one of the biggest problems with networked computing: updates. 

The devices connected to your network all have security policies associated with them, and your gateway devices also have their own security policies they manage. Over time, vulnerabilities in the hardware and software can make your network insecure. Unfortunately, managing updates for all these devices is all but impossible from the ground-level. 

ArubaOS comes with Mobility master, which mitigates some of these problems by upgrading devices on the cluster or network level with no interruption to service. 

The Benefits of ArubaOS are for Those Looking into the Future

If your organization is looking for specific and customized solutions for unique problems, then you’ll be looking for the tools needed to manage your own technology and this is where ArubaOS comes in handy.

The AI-capable OS is perfect for performance optimization as well as security, and the automatic updating technology helps keep your hardware and software up-to-date on a regular basis. 

ArubaOS also works with an established ecosystem of hardware through Aruba as well as Hewlett Packard. This means that the backbone of your distributed network is proven and tested.

Perhaps most beneficial is that ArubaOS prepares you to scale into the most modern technologies available for growing enterprises. If you want to invest heavily in cloud processing or storage, if you want to upgrade your logistics with IoT technology, or even if you want to build your own SD-WAN, ArubaOS can serve as the foundation for all of that. 

For more information on ArubaOS or to have a consultative conversation please reach out to info@vandis.com or 516-281-2209.