Zero Touch Provisioning with AirWave and Central

Aruba offers on-premise and cloud-based management solutions for switches, access points, and controllers.

AirWave is an award-winning on-premise Network Management Solution (NMS) that manages both Aruba and third-party network devices. AirWave is ideal for Campus networks and for organizations which prefer to have complete control over the hardware and software and have their NMS within premises (for example: either in the head office or data center or one of the large campuses).

Aruba Central is a popular cloud-based management solution for Branch and Distributed Enterprises which prefer simplicity, programmability, and integration with third-party cloud-based solutions for automation. Central offers cloud portal subscriptions through which one can manage the entire network of Aruba devices, without having to set up, upgrade, scale, or manage an NMS.

In this chapter, the focus is primarily on the Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) and connection to either AirWave or Central using ZTP for check-in, configuration download, and management.