Aruba Delivers Industry’s First End-to-End, Services-Rich Switching Portfolio Spanning Enterprise Campus, Branch and Data Center

New CX Series Switches with Cloud-Native Operating System Integrate Closed-Loop Automation and Analytics to Simplify the Operator Experience

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that it is changing the rules of networkingwith the introduction of switching and software innovations designed to address the unique needs of today’s modern enterprise campus, branch and data center. The Aruba CX Switching Portfolionow includes the Aruba CX 6300 Series fixed configuration and CX 6400 Series modular access, aggregation and core switches, while delivering the latest advancements in the AOS-CX operating system. This gives network operators one simple, end-to-end switching platform to dramatically improve business outcomes today and into the future. 

Aruba is the first company to offer a single switching platform that runs on a modern network operating system – AOS-CX– from the enterprise edge to the core to the data center. This unique, cloud-native platform is further optimized by Aruba’s powerful Network Analytics Engine (NAE), which utilizes embedded analytics and automation to simplify management, accelerate troubleshooting of application performance issues and remediate common network problems.  

“AI-powered automation must be at the heart of a modern, edge-to-cloud architecture and, in order to be truly useful, it requires an intelligent infrastructure as the foundation,” said Keerti Melkote, president and founder at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “We believe that AI is the key to analyzing data, providing actionable insights, and automation at scale to optimize network operators’ ability to quickly troubleshoot, remediate and proactively resolve some of IT’s most pressing challenges. Our vision for the future is a cloud-native architecture that delivers true business agility and new digital experiences, and today’s introduction is an important step in that direction.” 

Today’s enterprises cannot remain competitive by relying on greater performance and increased bandwidth alone. The modern enterprise requires an advanced architecture that is self-validating and self-tuning through closed-loop automation to intelligently support mission-critical applications, circumvent new security attack vectors, and deliver the agility that today’s enterprises require. Until now, network operators have had to contend with inflexible, disparate architectures especially when managing branch offices, enterprise campuses and data centers. These architectures require manual processes across multiple operating systems, resulting in fragmented operating models, networks incapable of modern functions and a plethora of unstructured data that isn’t actionable. 

Gartner states, “As update speed increases, it is no longer viable to manually plan for and deploy tens, hundreds or thousands of network changes each time an application change occurs. Making these changes manually is not only impractical, but is likely to result in significant errors.”[1]Manual processes can significantly hinder an organization’s ability to move quickly, innovate and thrive in a competitive marketplace. Moreover, many of these hurdles can be overcome with a cloud-native infrastructure. According to Gartner, a “cloud-native infrastructure exhibits the following characteristics:  

  • Modularity – It provides abstractions for independent packaging of services (such as containers or serverless functions).
  • Programmability – It supports provisioning and management via declarative APIs and policies.
  • Elasticity – Resources can be scaled up and down dynamically in an automated and policy-driven manner using orchestrators.
  • Resiliency – Services are loosely coupled units that are independent and fault-tolerant.[2]

Modern enterprises need an edge-to-cloud network running on a common platform to benefit from automation and increased operational efficiency, freeing up network operators to focus on business-critical activities. 

One OS. One ASIC Architecture. One Operating Model.

Stemmingfrom the breakthrough innovation and success of itsCX 8400 Seriescore switches running the AOS-CX operating system – as evidenced by significant momentum with winning new core customers– Aruba is addressing these challenges with a modern switching portfolio that delivers a single operating model from the enterprise campus and branch access layer to the data center, greatly simplifying network operations. The new platforms in the Aruba CX Switching Portfolio incorporate the key elements of a modern networking infrastructure and include:

  • Aruba CX 6300 and CX 6400 Series switches featuring Aruba’s 7thGeneration ASIC architecture: The Aruba CX 6300 Seriesis a family of stackable switches that offers flexible growth via a 10-member virtual switching framework (VSF) and provides built-in 10/25/50 gigabit uplinks to meet the bandwidth needs of today and the future. The Aruba CX 6400 Seriesmodular switches offer both a 5-slot chassis and a 10-slot chassis with a non-blocking fabric that scales from Gigabit POE access to 100G core, allowing customers to standardize on one platform across the enterprise, including hybrid use cases. 
  • AOS-CX 10.4: The new version ofAOS-CX introduces rich access features to the OS while extending CX differentiators to the access layer of the network. These include Aruba Dynamic Segmentationto provide secure, unified policy across wired and wireless down to every user and IoT device, Ethernet VPN (EVPN) over VxLAN for simplified and secure connectivity from enterprises to data centers, and Virtual Switching Extension (VSX) live upgrades for no downtime during maintenance cycles.
  • Aruba NetEdit 2.0 with Network Analytics Engine (NAE): The significantly enhanced version of Aruba’s NetEditsoftwarenow integrates with Aruba’s NAE. This advancement enablescentralized visualization of network health leveraging NAE distributed analytics across every switch in the network to reduce troubleshooting cycles from days to minutes. New automation capabilities simplify common tasks such as implementing configuration changes or initial system set-up which can now be completed via the CX Mobile app.

A10 Networks Appoints Redington Gulf as Value Added Distributor in Middle East

 A10 Networks(NYSE: ATEN), today announced a value added distributor partnership agreement with Redington Gulf across United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Redington will promote A10 Networks’ entire portfolio of leading solutions including service provider network security to support IoT in the age of 5G, multi-cloud management, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) with Zero-day Automated Protection (ZAP), carrier-grade networking (CGN) and application visibility and analytics. 

Ehab Halablab, Regional Channel Manager – MENA at A10 Networks said, “As our company continues to increase focus and investment in the Middle East region, we require strong channel support to grow our share of the enterprise market. We believe that Redington, with its vast channel network, can help us to recruit new reseller partners into our Affinity Partner program. We will also rely on their sales and marketing expertise and technical training services to promote the A10 Networks brand and increase our partners’ knoweldge of our company’s technologies.”

“Redington has a strong portfolio of security vendors that provide solutions like SIEM, IPS, DLP, packet broker and forensics, that complement those of A10 Networks. This plays well for both our companies and provides growth opportunities. We look forward to growing our footprint in the region through this new partnership.”

With the addition of A10 Networks, Redington can now build and offer partners and customers a robust, end-to-end solution, integrating complementary solutions from various vendors in the company’s portfolio. It also gives Redington the opportunity of revisiting existing customer accounts and using A10 Networks’ solutions to cross-sell/up-sell. 

Redington will be investing into a ‘train your trainer’ scheme, which involves a dedicated employee getting trained by the vendor. The distributor will then act as an Authorized Training Centre (ATC) and build scheduled technical workshops to deliver high level technical training and updates to resellers and partners, including certification programs. 

“5G and Multi-cloud environments are two of today’s biggest trends that will transform the market. 5G and multi-cloud environments require the most automated and reliable security solutions to ensure that business-critical applications are protected and always available. A10 Networks has proven market leading technologies in these areas, and as such, the vendor is an invaluable addition to our portfolio. We are excited to be able to offer the company’s security solutions to our partners and customers across the region,” concludes Sayantan Dev, Senior Vice President at Redington Gulf. 

BadGal Redefines Glamour

Aggressive and sporty look with luxury-oriented interiors

At first sight, BadGal exterior and interior striking design are evidently refined, elegant and with innovative features that makes this yacht eye-catching. It is the successful result of a team project of five different diverse designers and has all the elements that make a yacht stand out at any marina.

The yacht owner, a female music producer from the Netherlands, commissioned her boat to be as fast as possible in the range of 40 metres LOA. Hence the team opted for a planing hull, which permitted the two MTU 12V 4000CM93L engines to push the yacht to the astounding top speed of 29 knots. 

To have more space in the lower deck, the team chose a v-drive transmission configuration, reducing the engine room area. The decision to go for a planing hull may seem in contrast with the latest trend of building the majority of yachts capable to get on long range journeys at the desired cruise speed, but focus was on design being the most important unique feature and all else revolved around that.

The exterior profile view shows two amazing and huge black windows with a contour line that connects the upper to the lower one, creating a fake intake similar to a side pod of a car, with a high sheer line, running all the way from bow to stern, that helps to define the powerful attitude.

Moreover, the glass dome-shaped upper deck adds to the incredible sleek exteriors of this yacht and the sporty look is emphasised by keeping an ordinary bow shape, giving the vessel a feel for speed. 

The yacht features three decks in her interiors to accommodate her owner in the huge master’s cabin, located in the main deck, plus 8 people in 4 cabins in the lower deck, each with a private bathroom. She can also house 6 crew members in 3 crew cabins with bunk beds in the lower deck and the captain’s cabin in the upper deck.

The guests’ cabins are located in the lower deck, as well as the crew cabins, but are kept separated by a watertight bulkhead, as to avoid mixing the crew and guests flow. Inside the crew spaces, there are also 2 bathrooms and a galley, where crew members are able to live. 

The main deck layout is designed to be extremely wide and spacious, starting with the huge master’s cabin at the bow. Going aft towards the stern, a big dining area, close to the pantry, finds its space between the master’s cabin and the living area, completed by an open bar. 

Upstairs, exposed to the living area, the upper deck can be reached, where the owner’s music studio is housed, as well as the captain’s cabin and the wheelhouse. The outside spaces are wide and luxurious, too. The upper deck features, at the bow, a Jacuzzi pool with sittings all around it, meanwhile at the stern, the music studio opens to a terrace balcony, which features comfortable lounge sittings.

Atender garage has been developed in the lower deck, with a hydraulic opening hatch, where sea accessories are stored, such as jet ski and an interesting tender, whose design matches the exterior lines of the motor yacht, featuring a lifting roll-bar as to be stored inside the garage.

The stylish interiors focus the attention on the research for details and luxurious materials, like silk tissues for curtains, linings and bedsheets, mahogany wood for desks, nightstands and tables and marble for kitchen counter and bathrooms. 

Large windows make the interiors glow thanks to the chosen combination of colours, soft and warm natural wood hues arranged with shades of beige and light grey and create a positive atmosphere for the owner and the guests living and sharing moments. 

The furniture is selected carefully to match the interior choices and displays the complexity of a taste almost definable as baroque. The use of led spot lights helps the cabins to reach a cosy sensation, but also enhances the feeling of having large windows, making the space looking more spacious and brighter.

Overall, BadGirl is not just pleasing to the eye but is practical and a mariners delight that stands out on water for its mysteriousness and unique design