Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s Aruba networking subsidiary makes it easier for businesses to manage and secure home and small business environments with a software upgrade announced today,
The company said it provides office-like services to home workers through a single Wi-Fi hotspot without the need for a gateway, agent, or additional hardware. The new EdgeConnect Microbranch solution also extends the state-of-the-art security frameworks of zero-access, secure campus-based service to small remote sites.
The new offering addresses the need for businesses to ensure the performance of latency-sensitive applications without sacrificing security or competing with other bandwidth-hungry applications and devices. It does this through policy-based routing, which allows IT to prioritize traffic and optimize how it is routed to a destination. This is combined with a feature of the company’s Air Slice radio frequency technology that dynamically allocates the access point’s radio resources to specific applications.
“For example, if the service level agreement is to ensure that workers have the best Zoom experience, IT can prioritize the rules for taking different actions with Zoom traffic,” said Eve-Marie Laza, Marketing Manager senior solutions for Edge, “Internet of Things” and Hybrid Workplace at HPE. “It delivers greater work parity without the added complexities of managing hardware.”
Aruba already sells a software-defined branch office offering for large remote offices that require dedicated hardware for routing and management. The new features build on Aruba Central, a network management platform, to automatically deliver services to all devices running the Aruba OS 10 operating system. “If an organization has already deployed access points remotely in tens of thousands of contact centers and uses Aruba Central, these capabilities will be added directly “when they become generally available in March,” Laza said.
The microbranche capabilities also optimize network performance by orchestrating VPN tunnels on demand and automatically redirecting traffic to the network path with the best performance. Automated Tunneling and Router Optimization “Tune pipes for performance and routes dynamically, so if an enterprise resource is down, traffic can be automatically rerouted around that blockage,” Laza said.
Near real-time updates on WAN availability, usage, and throughput simplify troubleshooting by detecting latency, jitter, and other connectivity issues in the user’s connection to an Internet service provider are difficult for IT administrators to see.
HPE Aruba provides SASE integration through secure connectivity initially with Zscaler Inc.’s SASE service with Aruba Central providing tunnel orchestration and unified configuration management. “A secure tunnel is established directly to the SASE cloud. You don’t have to download and install an endpoint agent on a client device, ”said Laza. Support for products from other vendors will “likely” be added in the future, she said.
The feature is available now as part of an Early Access program and will typically be released in March 2022 for any Aruba Access Point running AOS 10 with a Foundation Access Point license. Aruba Central Foundation licenses cost $ 145 per access point, with the price of individual access points varying by model and starting at $ 575.