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Overview of Aruba Central Foundation and Advanced Licenses

As part of the shift to an Edge-to-Cloud Platform-as-a-Service organization, Aruba has introduced the Aruba Central Foundation and Advanced Licenses (Aruba Central Licenses). This is a uniform software subscription licensing model that will be extended to all products under the Aruba Central-managed portfolio. The new 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10-year fixed-term licenses offer you the flexibility to choose services and device operations that are most meaningful to the type of business that you own.

This licensing model provides different licenses for APs, switches, and gateways.

The licenses for APs, switches, and gateways cannot be used interchangeably. For example, you cannot use an AP Foundation License on a gateway. Similarly, if you have an Aruba 25xx Switch but the license available is for an Aruba 29xx Switch, the Aruba 29xx Switch license cannot be applied to the Aruba 25xx Switch.

The features that are available in both the Foundation and Advanced Licenses have different monitoring and configuration options depending on the licensing tier. For more information, see Supported Features.

This licensing model provides the following types of licenses depending on the devices:

  • Switches:
    • Foundation—This license provides all the features included in the legacy Device Management tokens.
      • Aruba Central does not provide Switch Advanced Licenses.
      • Mobility Access Switch (MAS) license will get converted to Switch Foundation 61xx/25xx license and continue to work.

This section provides more information about legacy licensing model and the new Aruba Central Licenses basics:

The Foundation and Advanced Licenses for APs, switches, and SD-Branch gateways are different and cannot be used interchangeably.

For a detailed list of the features supported in each type of license, see Supported Features.

For more information about evaluation licenses, see Starting Your Free Trial.

Changes to the Legacy Licensing Model

For existing Aruba Central customers, please note that the previous Device Management and Service Token model is changed to the new licensing model, which provides a uniform licensing structure for all types of devices such as APs, switches, and gateways.

The following list provides information about important aspects of the legacy licensing model:

The new Aruba Central Licenses simplify the existing subscription-based licensing model. With the introduction of this licensing model, the existing Device Management tokens for APs and switches are no longer available. Similarly, the Service tokens for value-added services on the APs are unavailable. Instead, APs and switches have adopted the current Gateway Foundation and Advanced licensing model.

Supported Devices

The Aruba Central Licenses are supported for APs, switches, and gateways. For more information on the individual device models supported, refer to the next sections. The pricing structure for Foundation and Advanced Licenses for the hardware devices may differ based on the types of models.

APs and IAPs

All AP and IAP models that are currently being shipped are supported. See Supported Instant APs.

Switches

Aruba Central supports AOS-Switch and AOS-CX switches.

AOS-Switches

The following AOS-Switches are supported:

  • Aruba 2530 Switch Series
  • Aruba 2540 Switch Series
  • Aruba 2920 Switch Series
  • Aruba 2930F Switch Series
  • Aruba 2930M Switch Series
  • Aruba 3810 Switch Series
  • Aruba 5400R Switch Series

For more information, see Supported AOS-Switch Platforms.

AOS-CX Switches

The following AOS-CX switches are supported:

  • AOS-CX 6200 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 6300 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 6400 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 8320 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 8325 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 8360 Switch Series
  • AOS-CX 8400 Switch Series

For more information, see Supported AOS-CX Platforms.

Gateways

Aruba Central supports SD-Branch Gateways based on the license type.

For more information, see Supported SD-Branch Components.

Gateway Foundation and Advanced License

The Gateway Foundation and Advanced License can be assigned to the following gateways:

  • Aruba 70xx Series
  • Aruba 72xx Series
  • Aruba 90xx Series

This license does not have a capacity limit for client devices.

Gateway Foundation Base License

The Gateway Foundation Base License can be assigned to the following gateways:

This license includes all the features available in the Gateway Foundation License. However, this license can support only up to 75 client devices per branch.

When the client capacity reaches the threshold, Aruba Central triggers an alert to indicate the Gateway Base License capacity limit has exceeded. If the notification option for the license capacity limit exceeded alert is configured, Aruba Central sends an email notification with a list of Aruba gateways that exceed the client-capacity threshold. You can also configure alerts to trigger an incident using Webhook. For more information, see Gateway Alerts.

Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced with Security License

The Gateway Foundation with Security License can be assigned to the following gateways:

  • Aruba 9004 Gateway
  • Aruba 9004-LTE Gateway
  • Aruba 9012 Gateway

Virtual Gateway (VGW) License (VPNC only)

The Virtual Gateway License is available on AWS, Azure, and ESXi platforms and are licensed based on bandwidth required: 500 MbpsMegabits per second, 2 GbpsGigabits per second., or 4 Gbps.

Aruba Virtual Gateway is a virtual instance of the headend gateway for ArubaSD-Branch. Aruba Central supports licenses based on the bandwidth capacity for virtual gateways. All license assignments are undertaken by the virtual gateway orchestration app.

The following are the options available for Virtual Gateway Licenses:

  • License duration—1 year, 3 years, and 5 years
  • Available bandwidths—500 Mbps, 2 Gbps, and 4 Gbps
  • Available Aruba Virtual Gateways based on the bandwidth—VGW-500M for 500 Mbps, VGW-2G for 2 Gbps, and VGW-4G for 4Gbps

Aruba Central maintains a pool of Virtual Gateway Licenses. When a Virtual Gateway License expires and there are no available Virtual Gateway Licenses, the expired license is unassigned from the Aruba Central account. The availability of SKUs is dependent on the installation consuming the license. If a Virtual Gateway License expires and there is a similar new license available, the new license is assigned to the Virtual Gateway, provided that the Auto-Assign Licenses option is enabled.

For more information about the Auto-Assign Licenses option, see Enabling the Auto-Assign Licenses Option.

For an Aruba Central evaluation account, four licenses of each base SKUStock Keeping Unit. SKU refers to the product and service identification code for the products in the inventory. are assigned to the account. These evaluation licenses are valid for 90 days.

You can track licenses on the Key Management page or the License Assignment page available from the Account Home page.

The list of licenses available against consumed licenses is also displayed during the deployment of a Virtual Gateway.

When the client capacity reaches the threshold, Aruba Central triggers an alert to indicate the Gateway Base License capacity limit has exceeded. If the notification option for the license capacity limit exceeded alert is configured, Aruba Central sends an email notification with a list of Aruba gateways that exceed the client-capacity threshold. You can also configure alerts to trigger an incident using Webhook. For more information, see Gateway Alerts.

For more information, see SD-WAN Ordering Guide.

Supported Features

This section includes detailed information about the different configuration and monitoring options available for Aruba Central features tied to Foundation and Advanced Licenses.

AP Foundation and Advanced License

The AP Foundation and Advanced License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Feature
Category

Foundation License Features Advanced License Features

Configuration

All the features in Foundation

Monitoring and Reporting

  • All the features in Foundation
  • AirSlice
    • Visibility and Prioritization of applications

    NOTE: AirSlice is supported in this release as Early-Access features. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable these in your Aruba Central account.

AI Operations

  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Connectivity—Wi-Fi
    • Wireless Quality
    • Availability—Access Points
    • Class and Company Baselines
  • AI Assist
    • Dynamic logs

      NOTE: Dynamic Logs is supported in this release as an Early-Access feature. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable it in your Aruba Central account.

  • All the features in Foundation
  • AI Insights—Wireless Quality
    • Outdoor clients impacting Wi-Fi performance
    • Coverage Hole Detection
    • Transmit power optimization
  • AI Assist
    • Aruba support notification

      NOTE: Aruba support notification is supported in this release as an Early-Access feature. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable it in your Aruba Central account.

Troubleshooting

  • Network Check, CLI commands
  • Live Events for Client and AP, Packet Capture

All the features in Foundation

Services

  • All the features in Foundation
  • UCC

    NOTE: UCC is supported in this release as Early-Access features. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable these in your Aruba Central account.

Security

NOTE: CPDI-based Client Profile and Rouges are supported in this release as an Early-Access feature. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable these in your Aruba Central account.

All the features in Foundation

APIApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software.

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

  • All the features in Foundation
  • Streaming API

Switch Foundation License

The Switch Foundation License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Aruba Central does not support Switch Advanced License.

Feature
Category
AOS-Switch Features AOS-CX Features

Configuration

  • UI- and template-based group configuration
  • Auto-commit
  • Configuration audit
  • UI-, Template-, and MultiEdit-based group configuration
  • Configuration audit

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Network Health, Summary Dashboards
  • Network Topology View
  • Client List and Details
  • Switch List and Details
  • Access to all monitoring data for up to 30 days
  • Access to reporting data for up to 90 days
  • Access to historical Client Summary Report data for up to one year
  • Audit Trail
  • Alerts and Events
  • Network Health, Summary Dashboards
  • Network Topology View
  • Client List and Details
  • Switch List and Details
  • Access to all monitoring data for up to 30 days
  • Access to reporting data for up to 90 days
  • Access to historical Client Summary Report data for up to one year
  • Audit Trail
  • Alerts and Events

AI Operations

  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Availability – Switch
    • Class and Company Baselines
  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Availability – Switch
    • Class and Company Baselines

Troubleshooting

  • Network Check, Device Check, CLI commands
  • Live Events and Packet Capture for wired client

Network Check, Device Check, CLI commands

API

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License

The Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

The Foundation Base License provides all the features included in the Foundation License, but this license can support only up to 75 client devices per branch.

Feature Category Foundation and Foundation Base License Features Advance License Features

SD-Branch

All the features in Foundation

Configuration

  • UI- and template-based group configuration
  • Configuration audit

All the features in Foundation

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Network, WAN Health, Summary Dashboards
  • Network Topology View
  • Client List and Details
  • Gateway List and Details
  • Go Live mode for Client
  • Application Visibility
  • WebCC Firewall rules, visualization by reputation and category
  • Access to all monitoring data for up to 30 days
  • Access to reporting data for up to 90 days
  • Access to historical Client Summary Report data for up to one year
  • Audit Trail
  • Alerts and Events

All the features in Foundation

AI Operations

  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Availability – Gateways
    • Class and Company Baselines
  • AI Assist
    • Dynamic logs

    NOTE: Dynamic Logs is supported in this release as an Early-Access feature. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable it in your Aruba Central account.

All the features in Foundation

Troubleshooting

Network Check, CLI commands

All the features in Foundation

API

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

Streaming API

Services

Not Applicable

SaaS Express

Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License with Security

The Gateway Foundation, Foundation Base, and Advanced License with Security for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Foundation and Foundation Base with Security Advanced with Security

All the features in Foundation

All the features in Advanced

  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Anti-malware
  • Security Dashboard
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Anti-malware
  • Security Dashboard

Virtual Gateway (VGW) License

The Virtual Gateway (VGW) License for Aruba Central includes the following features:

Feature Category VGW License Features

SD-Branch

Configuration

  • UI- and template-based group configuration
  • Configuration audit

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Network, WAN Health, Summary Dashboards
  • Network Topology View
  • Access to all monitoring data for up to 30 days
  • Access to reporting data for up to 90 days
  • Access to historical Client Summary Report data for up to one year
  • Audit Trail
  • Alerts and Events

AI Operations

  • AI Search
  • AI Insights
    • Availability – Gateways
    • Class and Company Baselines
  • AI Assist
    • Dynamic logs

      NOTE: Dynamic Logs is supported in this release as an Early-Access feature. Contact your Aruba SE or Account Manager to enable it in your Aruba Central account.

Troubleshooting

Network Check, CLI commands

API

Northbound (NB) API: 1000 API calls/day per customer

For more information about the features supported, see Aruba Central Licenses Feature Details.