Network management has never been a tougher job. The edges of networks are now being stretched to accommodate a remote workforce, as well as the rapid proliferation of new devices and internet of things (IoT) deployments. IT teams are being tasked with delivering secure and seamless connectivity to applications and data hosted across cloud and on-premise environments. 

At a network level, teams currently need to independently manage wide area networks (WAN), and wired and wireless networks across campus, branch, and virtual private network (VPN) locations. To cope, we know more than 75 per cent of organisations already use more than four separate network management tools.  

This complexity is only set to grow when we consider: 

  • By 2022, 95 per cent of organisations will still not know the connectivity requirements of all the IoT devices accessing their applications 
  • By 2025, 75 per cent of data will be generated and processed outside of a centralised data centre or cloud. 

Across these fragmented environments, network managers are trying to play catch-up with business requirements while simultaneously configuring devices using command-line interference (CLI). With dynamic new security threats to contend with, routine changes are also creating the risk of data breaches and unplanned downtime from avoidable errors.   

In these environments, performance problems can appear at any moment, often without on-site IT personnel to address them. In fact, we know that 39 per cent of problems are currently detected and reported by end-users. Without real visibility, information gathered by third-party network monitoring and reporting tools is often disjointed and not actionable. 


Reduced complexity with improved visibility  

Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP) was specifically designed to address fragmented network operations and simplify the network management lifecycle. Unified infrastructure converges the management of wired, wireless, and WAN networks across campus, branch, remote, and data centre locations. 

Aruba’s unified infrastructure is orchestrated through Aruba Central. This is a cloud-native, microservices-based platform that provides the scalability and resiliency needed for mission-critical environments across the distributed edge. As the command centre for Aruba ESP, Aruba Central delivers management through a single pane of glass, allowing IT teams to deliver a full range of intelligent edge services, including: 

  • Artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) to ensure the best possible experience regardless of a user’s location
  • Automation and orchestration to accelerate deployments and simplify ongoing change windows
  • Software-defined policies to simplify and strengthen security postures. 

Aruba Central also delivers insights driven by artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically resolve issues before they impact end-users. Machine learning is trained with network performance data from thousands of Aruba customers, allowing IT teams to proactively use this data to solve potential issues or anomalies as network conditions change.  

At Datacom, we partner with organisations across every industry to help network teams lower the complexity and risk of trying to secure their networks. Through our partnership with Aruba, we’re excited to be bringing Aruba ESP's unified infrastructure and AIOps capabilities to help our clients improve their security posture. Contact us today to discuss your opportunities for leveraging AI within your network operations. 

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