Menu
Aruba unveils new data centre orchestration software, switches

Aruba unveils new data centre orchestration software, switches

New Aruba CX 8360 switches plus Fabric Composer software intended for distributed data centres

Credit: Dreamstime

Aruba has taken the wraps off new orchestration software and switches that target users looking to build and support distributed data centres.

Aruba Fabric Composer software simplifies leaf-and-spine network provisioning across the company’s CX switches and automates operations across a wide variety of virtualised, hyper-converged, and HPE compute and storage environments.

The Fabric Composer runs as runs as a virtual machine and eliminates the need for networking teams to manually configure CX switches. It offers workflow automation and a view of workflows supported by networking fabrics, switches, hosts and other resources, said Steve Brar, senior director of product marketing for Aruba.

Designed to work with Aruba AOS-CX switches, Fabric Composer can support non-HPE environments such as VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, Nutanix Prism and others, to enable automated fabric provisioning, event-based workflow automation, end-to-end network and host visibility, and automatic storage-traffic optimisation, Brar said.

For example, via integration with VMware vSphere, Aruba Fabric Composer can discover and visualise virtual-network infrastructure within hosts along with the physical network infrastructure the hosts are connected to. In addition, it can respond to VM lifecycle events and configuration changes, making appropriate fabric changes automatically. VM administrators can manage fabric operations from a single VMware console, Aruba stated.

Fabric Composer is also optimised to integrate with parent company HPE's data centre products such as HPE SimpliVity, HPE iLO as well as its own Aruba NetEdit.

"There is a trend toward workloads being processed at the edge of the traditional data centre network as well as the need for certain types of applications to be processed outside of the data centre to the cloud," Brar said. "The idea with Aruba Fabric Composer is to remove the complexity from these types of environments by automating configuration and control and bringing greater consistency."

Such automation is growing as Gartner predicts that by 2023, 60 per cent of data centre networking-configuration activities will be automated, up from 30 per cent in early 2020. While Aruba extended its software family, it also added new devices to its CX hardware portfolio.

The new five-member CX 8360 family expands the company’s Edge Services Platform (ESP) offering to include 1/10/25/40/100GbE campus and data centre switching models designed for businesses requiring high-performance spine-and-leaf architectures or lower port density/cost switching for edge data centres.

Earlier this year the company added the Aruba CX 6200 aimed at enterprise branch offices and campuses. The stackable boxes feature built-in analytics and automation support, Aruba stated.

The boxes run the company’s AOS-CX operating system which Aruba describes as a cloud-native, programmable software package that can automate and simplify many critical and complex network functions such as end-to-end network monitoring, and troubleshooting network-performance and security issues.

The idea with the 8360 family is to give customer the flexibility to support distributed edge resources with the flexible features needed for small to large use cases, Brar said.

The company reached back to its parent company for its final piece of data centre upgrades by announcing the Fabric Composer and CX switches would be the network underpinning for new HPE Greenlake services.

These include VM-as-a-Service, Container-as-a-Service, and SAP HANA-as-a-Service. HPE GreenLake the vendor’s core managed hybrid-cloud services edge, colocation and data centre customers based on a pay-per-use model.

The Aruba CX 8360 switch series, Aruba Fabric Composer, and partner ecosystem integrations are available today. The Aruba Fabric Composer has a starting list price of US$3,875 per CX switch. The CX 8360 Switches have a starting list price of $18,995  for the 24x10GbE model. HPE GreenLake and select integrations will be available starting Q1 2021, the company said.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags arubaData Centre

Featured

Slideshows

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The leading female front runners of the New Zealand ICT industry joined together for the annual Reseller News Women in ICT Awards event at the Hilton in Auckland, during which hundreds of guests celebrated 13 outstanding individuals who won awards, chosen from more than 50 finalists representing over 30 organisations.

Leading female front runners honoured at the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments