Aruba introduces NetConductor. The solution allows Local Area Networks (LAN) to be scaled with configurations of choice, without ever interrupting the network.

NetConductor creates VXLANs (Virtual Extensible Local Area Networks). The virtual LAN is largely identical to the physical network, and functions as an overlay. Contrary to the physical network, the virtual LAN can be expanded and configured as desired, without disrupting connections.

This is not a groundbreaking concept. VXLAN is a widely used protocol. NetConductor is not an innovation, but a combination of existing solutions. The package consists of VXLAN technology and multiple security features (NAC), including policy management and segmentation.

The solution allows you to extend Local Area Networks (LAN) with configurations of choice. The configurations can be quite extensive, as NetConductor includes most of the well-known zero trust and SASE security measures.

NetConductor runs on Aruba Central, Aruba’s network management architecture. EVPN, VXLAN and BGP (network protocols) are supported.

NetConductor is available in early access to Aruba Central users with an ‘Advanced’ license. The live version will follow in July 2022.

GPS in Aruba Wi-Fi 6 access points

In addition to NetConductor, Aruba is updating all Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E 600-series access points. Each model gained an integrated GPS receiver. The receiver allows access point locations to be shared with a system, such as a management platform. The feature is valuable for equipment maintenance and construction planning of new network locations.

All Aruba Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E 600-series access points are shipped with the GPS receiver starting today. The access points are available separately or as part of HPE GreenLake for Aruba Network, a Network-as-a-Service solution.

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