Aruba & CDW - Software Defined Networking

The workplace has become more digital to support adoption of more mobile and cloud applications. These changes have resulted from the nature of work changing – collaborative working, non-routine schedules, and a workforce that expects to work anytime, anywhere. As a result, organisations are adjusting their physical and technology designs to accommodate new ways of working.

It’s not just the work environment that is changing, employees now expect personal, contextual, and secure experiences that make every aspect of their lives easier. Network and IT staff supporting them must meet the rising demands for secure, high-speed network access.

Digital disruption is driving innovation in business models, optimising internal processes, unleashing new products and services, and radically changing how organisations engage with customers. Organisations must adapt to this multi-device, multi-mode world where quality is measured not by schedules and budgets, but by user experience.

Aruba’s networking products are designed to create a mobility experience that Generation Mobile and IT can rely on. Powered by software defined networking technology, Aruba allows the Network Manager to dynamically manage performance optimisation, trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention, power indoor location based services, and automate deployment of networking equipment at scale.

Find out more about how digital disruption is driving more business innovation in the white paper “Modernise Your Networks to Digitise Your Business” at the bottom of the page.

While simplicity is one of the important components of a cloud management service, business-class solutions need to deliver more. Aruba’s cloud-managed network solution includes Aruba Central, for easy to use wireless, wired and WAN management, along with Aruba’s portfolio of Instant access points, switches and branch gateways. All centrally managed via a scalable, flexible and always on web-based interface.

The devices are built to perform, and be provisioned and managed from the cloud, using an ultra-reliable infrastructure that’s easy to deploy and maintain.

Today’s workforce does not work in fixed perimeters – users connect and work from anywhere. To protect the enterprise and its resources, IT must consider security that starts from the inside out.

The Aruba ClearPass Policy Management Platform is a central component that allows IT to adapt and apply trust levels based on every user and device that requests wireless, wired or VPN access. To do this, ClearPass leverages real-time, contextual data that IT can trust – a person’s role inside an organisation, device and app attributes, location and insight from third party security solutions – to create policies that satisfy highly mobile security needs.

ClearPass works across any multivendor network by replacing outdated legacy AAA with context-aware policies and includes profiling, BYOD and guest onboarding, integration with MDM/EMM, firewalls, SIEM solutions, and scalability features to meet today’s evolving business needs.

Zero Touch Provisioning for Aruba Instant access points benefit from cloud-based management, with integrated controller functions, Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) and ClientMatch technology that ensure the wireless network is automatically optimised for reliability and superior performance. These devices are truly plug-n-play. IT simply connects the Instant APs to power and the network, the setup and configuration is automatic.

Aruba has been named as a Gartner leader for 13 years always retaining a focus on the user experience. Aruba offers:

  • Secure Access, regardless of Location or Device
  • Policy Enforcement – Wired and Wireless
  • Guest Wi-Fi options that deliver branded access for visitor, contractors, or suppliers that is simple and fully customisable for administrators
  • A network that brings Network and Services components together - 360 Security Exchange Program
  • Increase network compliance with shared security compliance allowing integration with all leading security vendors

For more information please contact your CDW Account Manager today, learn more below or register your interest through the form to the right of the page.

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