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Aruba senses opportunity in Africa with ESP platform

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has launched Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform), touted as the industry’s first AI-powered, cloud-native platform that predicts and resolves problems at the network edge before they happen.

Built on AIOps, Zero Trust network security, and a Unified Infrastructure for campus, datacentre, branch and remote worker locations, the solution continuously analyses data across domains, ensures SLAs, identifies anomalies and self-optimises, while seeing and securing unknown devices on the network.

The solution is designed to deliver a cloud experience at the edge and can be consumed either as a service in the cloud or on-premises, as a managed service delivered through Aruba partners, or via network as a service through HPE GreenLake.

Aruba plans to follow its partner-centric strategy to roll the solution out in Africa.

“We have one hundred percent dependency on our partners and working fully along with them and we are seeing a lot of interest from them because this will accelerate their As-a-Service business models. Today we’ve already had a lot of discussions on MSP (the pillar in the middle) with our partners and many of them are in Africa,” the company sated.

“With everything that we have discussed with the current business situation more customers want agility, want to go to market quickly, and want to change the way they do business currently. More customers are depending on our partners to be able to enable them,” they have added.

According to Aruba the ability to generate actionable insights based on data is especially pertinent today during what the company described as an “unprecedented time in history where businesses, employees and, subsequently, the corporate network must adapt to rapidly evolving business and workplace needs.”

The company stated: “Utilising unstructured data at the edge requires a network that leverages AI via network telemetry to process that data at a rate and volume beyond what’s possible at human scale. It also requires an infrastructure with an AI-powered “sixth sense” that proactively identifies impending issues, recommends an accurate resolution and leverages automation to turn that into logical actions, all without manual intervention.”

Aurba said AIOps is the critical component of the solution, which uses AI and analytics to identify exact root causes with greater than 95% accuracy, auto-remediate network issues, proactively monitor the user experience, tune the network to prevent problems before they occur, and use peer benchmarking and prescriptive recommendations to continuously optimize and secure the network.

“The Intelligent Edge is the catalyst that will spark limitless possibilities for organisations and enterprises that want to accelerate transformation and ensure business continuity by leveraging their technology investments as their greatest asset,” said Keerti Melkote, president of Aruba.“Built upon Aruba’s guiding principles of connect, protect, analyse, and act, Aruba ESP is the culmination of years of innovation, R&D, Aruba ingenuity and, most importantly, input from our valued customers whose honest feedback and insightful perspective has helped to make this platform a network that knows.”

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