Aruba service overlays existing infrastructure with virtual networks

Aruba NetConductor offers a centralized management platform that provides policy and security enforcement across the LAN and WAN.

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Aruba Networks is expanding its Edge Services Platform to better manage and automate the operation of far-flung distributed enterprise networks.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s network subsidiary rolled out NetConductor, a cloud-based service that Aruba says will help enterprises centrally manage the security of distributed networks while simplifying policy provisioning and automating the orchestration of network configurations in wired, wireless, and WAN infrastructures.

NetConductor is a service delivered by Aruba Central, the vendor’s core cloud-based management platform and works by delivering an EVPN, VXLAN-based network overlay across a customer’s wired and wireless networks offering a much more unified and simplified view of the network to the networking team, according to Larry Lunetta, vice president of wireless local area network and security solutions marketing at Aruba.

“The idea is that NetConductor finds all of the networking components, and users can define policies and security in the fabric wizard—hit a button, and the whole environment is created and visible,” Lunetta said. “NetConductor presents a much more unified and simplified view of the network to the networking team, and a way to propagate pervasive security policies across the network as well.” 

The fabric wizard sets up a graphically driven user workflow that lets the networking team setup these segments, stitch them together in a way that makes sense from a business and an IT perspective, and with a single click, propagate the configuration information to the infrastructure, Lunetta said. 

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