HPE’s Aruba recently announced a new SD-Branch solution intended to help users modernize their branch networks for the ever-evolving cloud, IoT, and mobility requirements. The solution is delivered as part of Aruba Central with subscription-based licenses that are applied to branch gateways at each site. So you can integrate the new SD-WAN capabilities into your branch networks without even upgrading Aruba access points or switches. And new hardware solutions will begin rolling out this summer as well.
Aruba touts several key benefits of this new technology. Here are three key things for potential users to consider.
Simplicity for enterprise
For enterprises, this new SD-Branch solution offers cloud-based management option that allows them to provide remote, centralized provisioning and management of both wired and wireless connections within the branch and through WAN and internet connections in the SD-WAN infrastructure. The idea behind it is to give IT the ability to implement new services and make network changes quickly even across huge environments that are distributed throughout different locations and departments. So you can manage everything from one centralized console without needing multiple programs for different functions or parts of the enterprise.
Of course, security is a major concern with basically any new tech offering. Aruba offers intra-branch and WAN policy enforcement capabilities that are both automated and granular. Aruba has a new set of Aruba 360 security exchange technology partners that deliver cloud-based firewall and threat protection to help IT keep all of the organization’s digital assets safe and protected.
Optimized branch experience
Within the branch, Aruba’s new service offers granular QoS through application, user, and device contextual awareness, which also extends across the WAN for SaaS, mobile UC, and other remote applications. Basically, this is meant to simplify how LAN and WAN traffic gets prioritized and routed, both inside and outside of the branches. So you can use it to deliver a consistent experience across the organization, even to those who have vastly different roles, types of devices, or locations.
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