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Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

Check out the news from yesterdays announcement. Key takeaway for me is, AOS-CX enabled from data center to edge access. What part of the announcement peaked your interest? Do you have any questions? Drop them in below and we will do our best to get them answered.

 

If you missed the event you can check it out here.

 

Now onto the switches.

 

Aruba CX 6400The Aruba CX 6400 Switch Series is a modern, flexible and intelligent family of high availability modular switches ideal for use from access to core and into the data center.

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Aruba CX 6300 The Aruba CX 6300 Switch Series is a modern, flexible and intelligent family of stackable switches ideal for enterprise access, aggregation and core deployments.

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KEY BENEFITS
• Simplified operations with a single operating model
A single operating system from edge access to data center delivers consistency and ease of management.
• Time savings via smart automation
Smoothly, safely and quickly coordinate switch provisioning and changes using intelligent automation to search, edit, validate, deploy, and audit configurations.
• Proactive troubleshooting and resolution
Enhance troubleshooting with real-time, networkwide visibility via distributed, embedded analytics in each switch to help detect and resolve issues before operations and users are impacted.
• Secure and easy enforcement of unified policies
Deploy unified wired and wireless role-based policies to keep traffic segmented and ensure security.
 Reliable, always-on networking
A microservices architecture provides full programmability and automation to create an always-on high availability network, even during upgrades.
• A world class user experience
An enterprise network that scales to deliver nonblocking performance from edge to data center for the best user experience possible.

 



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Contributor II

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

When will 10.04 (aka "10.4" per announcement) be available for download for the current AOS-CX platforms?

 

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Contributor II

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

Please clarify the included warranties and any advanced replacement services that are included with the inital CX 6300/6400 purchases.

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Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

10.4 will be shipping with the products and will be ready for download 11/4.

 

The warranty covers the lifetime of the product +5 years. So once the product is "end of sale" you will have 5years of remaining warranty coverage. The RMA process is next business day.



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Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches


@aoscx-noob wrote: When will 10.04 (aka "10.4" per announcement) be available for download for the current AOS-CX platforms?

Probably after November, 1st which should be the first day of availability of new switch series...

Contributor II

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

I can not find any summary documentation that compares the 83xx models to the CX 63xx/64xx versions.  Any helps?

 

Thanks.

Frequent Contributor I

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

Wonder what happens with 2930 series... Though it would be nice to see 2530 getting dropped and 2930 being the first model. Dynamic segmentation for everyone :)

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Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches


@pubjohndoe wrote:

Wonder what happens with 2930 series... Though it would be nice to see 2530 getting dropped and 2930 being the first model.

Well...to see the Aruba 2930F becoming the new "entry level" in a unified switching portfolio...Aruba should drop at least three things:

 

  1. Aruba 2530 Switch series
  2. Aruba 2540 Switch series
  3. Aruba 2930F Switch series price (to be near to - at worst - to the Aruba 2540 Switch series price figures)

Nearly impossible. For what then? ah...no portfolio overlapping?

 

I see some technology approaches overlapping instead: will VSF deployed on ArubaOS-CX be exactly as the VSF deployed on Aruba 2930F?

 

I don't believe it will.

 

Just consider that actually VSF on ArubaOS-Switch shows its own peculiarities: VSF deployed on Aruba 2930F has neither the very same set of features - absence of FSU recalls you nothing? - nor the very same set of restrictions/requirements - the 2 VSF Members limits recalls you nothing? - the VSF deployed on Aruba 5400R zl2 has...that's to say that VSF on ArubaOS-Switch - due to Hardware differences (only?) between platforms - shows its own flavours.

 

The fact is that we will deal with three flavours of VSF Virtual Switching Framework implementations where instead VSX is - AFAIK - VSX sic et simpliciter (no matter if deployed on Aruba 8320, 8325 or 8400...and probably nothing will change on Aruba CX 6400 too):

 

On ArubaOS-Switch NOS:

 

  1. VSF on Aruba 2930F Switch series ONLY (up to 8 VSF Members if > 16.06 software is used, up to 4 if < 16.06)
  2. VSF on Aruba 5400R zl2 Switch series ONLY (2 members only + various other requirements)

On ArubaOS-CX NOS:

 

  1. VSF on Aruba CX 6300 Switch series ONLY (up to 10 VSF Members)

There is IMHO overlapping.

 

Haven't seen Aruba CX 6300 documentation yet...so I'm currently not able to compare VSF on ArubaOS-Switch versus VSF on ArubaOS-CX as an educated guess...but I feel the flavouring listed above will be reflected by the fact that underlying NOSes and platforms' hardwares are really totally differents so VSF requirements, restrictions and probably features on Aruba CX 6300 will necessarily differentiate.

 

A note about Aruba CX 6300M naming:

 

Here I see a relationship with existing Aruba 2930M and Aruba 3810M Switch series ..for my line of reasoning here I suppose we all were used to associate the M suffix of 2930 and 3810 not only to their modularity features but also to their Backplane Stacking capabilities (so it was easy to know who is run what in a VSF versus Backplane comparison): now think about a customer who know them and will approach the new Aruba 6300 Switch series...he/she will be inducted to think that Aruba CX 6300 models with M suffix will be charecterized by using a similar stacking technology approach (backplane versus frontplane) where instead, running on the same ArubaOS-CX NOS, the M suffix on their names merely means simply Modular (Fan/PS) from the Hardware standpoint and it has nothing to do with stacking technology approach they really support...OK that's not overlapping...but it is just naming confusion that could have been avoided.

Frequent Contributor I

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

Yep even though the actual hardware with lower end switches doesn't cost anything to manufacture, have to admit it's unlikely Aruba would drop 2530. If 2930F was the first, some people would worry that they pay too much for the features they don't use. Even if the price would be on par with 2530/2540 :)

 

As we're thinking of dynamic segmentation project for next year I can only hope 6300 causes some price drops for 2930F/M series :)

Frequent Contributor I

Re: Check out the New Aruba CX Switches

When there will be documentation available? I'm interested in for example how the EVPN part works with 6300

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