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Airheads TekTalk newsletter - December 2016

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We are happy to send you the first edition of Airheads TekTalk, the HPE Aruba EMEA technical newsletter.



Product Update




Campus Switches: major announcements for wired edge


Aruba has just announced the very interesting improvements to the Aruba switches portfolio:

·         Stacking for the 2930F Switch series

·         A new IoT-ready and cloud manageable access layer offer with Aruba 2540 switch series


Get familiar with these as they largely improve our wired edge solutions and competitiveness.



Adding stacking to 2930F series

Stacking is often required from our customers. While we already have a “backplane stacking” solution (through additional hardware module in the switch) on our 2920 or 3810 series, we are now offering a very cost effective “front-plane stacking” with VSF ((Virtual Switching Framework), on our recently introduced Aruba 2930F switch series.

The benefits of VSF are wired edge virtualization, simplified network deployment and operation, improved performance. VSF provides simplicity, flexibility and scalability at no additional cost. Up to 4 switches in one stack.

VSF stacking will be supported with ArubaOS-Switch 16.03 software release coming in December 2016 - free software update for all 2930F units shipped so far. This complements the already rich feature set of the broad Aruba 2930F switch family, making this series the ideal solution for most wired access needs.



Aruba new 2540 switch series: IoT-ready and cloud manageable              

The sweet spot for the 2540 Switch Series is network access in SMBs, branch offices and small enterprises with a mobile workforce. It is ideal for customers looking for a cost-effective price-performance fixed port access switching solution and who are also looking for cloud-based management options.

Less featured than the 2930F series but still based on the latest ProVision ASIC, 2540 delivers entry level features for the enterprise campus, SMB and branch offices such as Zero Touch Provisioning, built-in 10GbE uplinks and up to 370W PoE+ and limited lifetime warranty.

The Aruba 2540 Switch Series includes 4 models:  24 and 48 port access switches with 4 fixed 10GbE uplinks and PoE+ or non-PoE models.

Ø  Good blog on the 2540 series: Cloud manageable and IoT-ready campus switch



Software Update




New Licensing Model for Aruba Central

From December 5th, a new range of licenses for Aruba Central will replace the existing license model over time.

The current model consists of an “all-inclusive” license with separate SKUs for APs and Switches. The new model will differentiate between Network Management and additional services such as Guest Captive Portal and Presence Analytics.

Under the new model, you have a mandatory Management Token per device in Central. This token is the same across APs, Switches and Controllers.

To enable services you will need to activate an optional Cloud Services Token per service per device in central. This token is the same across all Services. Current Services are Guest Captive Portal and Presence Analytics, more services will be added in the future.


For more information, contact your Partner or Aruba sales or technical representative.


Training & Events



 Atmosphere 2017

Aruba Atmosphere 2017 US will be held at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee starting Feb 26th.

Aruba Atmosphere EMEA will be held during May timeframe.

Track details (U.S event):

  • Airheads – Designed by engineers for engineers. Keynote sessions and hands-on sessions.
  • Airheads training – Complement your attendance with in-depth sessions in one of eight areas. Mixed labs and lecture sessions.
  • IT-Executive – An exclusive, invite-only event for IT executive community  





Internet of Things white paper and collaterals


The new Aruba white paper on IoT secure remote monitoring applications provides an overview of monitoring systems, relevant products (RAPs, VIA, Edgeline Gateways, Converged IoT Systems, and Universal IoT Platform), and example use cases (office equipment, industrial chiller, smart building controller, service personnel wayfinding and tracking, and off-shore oil platform telemetry).


The Aruba Overview on Building a Trustful IoT With Aruba Connect and Protect Architecture presentation provides an overview of our Connect-and-Protect IoT.


For more information, contact your Partner or Aruba sales or technical representative.

Aruba OS release notes and white paper available

Aruba OS 8.0.1  supports all the advanced and unique features of ArubaOS 8.0 such as Mobility Master Virtual Appliance (new UI, simplified configuration, scale to 10k APs), Controller Clustering (seamless failover, seamless roaming), AirMatch for RF optimisation, MultiZone, Loadable Services Modules and more.


In addition ArubaOS 8.0.1 offers many new advanced features:

·         New AP Hardware support (AP 315 and AP 335)

·         Master Controller Mode offers to upgrade to AOS 8 without installing a Mobility Master without the need to buy any new hardware or licenses.

·         Out of Band tool supports complete configuration migration

·         KVM Support for Mobility Master and Virtual Mobility Controller

·         AOS 8.0.1 requires licenses for Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Virtual Mobility Controller

·         And more.


For more information, contact your Partner or Aruba sales or technical representative.




Most Popular Blogs/ Technical Tips






HPE Education


Aruba can now leverage a larger set of local training through HPE Education.

Ø  Find your country HPE Education landing page here.

Ø  Find self-study content for Aruba through HPE Press  Ø  Link to HPE Press here.

Ø Aruba Video Channels : Ø  Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company





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