HPE’s Aruba unveils software-defined branch solution

Aruba for enterprise CIOsAruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (HPE), announced its Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) solution.

The integration of new cloud-managed SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking solutions, secured with context-based policy enforcement, advances IT professionals’ ability to deliver improved network availability and application performance, while reducing management time and operational and capital expenditures.

The company is offering SD-Branch solution as a part of Aruba Central with subscription-based licenses applied to a branch gateway at each site and a headend gateway hosted centrally. Hardware list prices start at $1,495 per gateway. Subscriptions prices start at $450 per gateway per year.

Aruba’s SD-Branch solution integrates Aruba Branch Gateways with Aruba Central cloud management platform to provide a single point for SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking and policy enforcement.

This unified solution marks a significant advancement beyond pure-play SD-WAN offerings by delivering reduced device footprint, streamlined deployment of large-scale distributed installations, and lower WAN connectivity costs for branch customers.

Aruba said its SD-Branch solution enables IT organizations to effectively manage more branch locations with less staff while leveraging a consistent approach for security and compliance across locations.

Aruba said enterprise CIOs can achieve savings up to 75 percent as compared to traditional deployments by integrating and centralizing management while eliminating costly MPLS connectivity.

“We need to get stores up and running quickly, and maximize our WAN availability and efficiency,” said Stewart Ebrat, CIO for Vera Wang. “Aruba’s SD-WAN solution removes the burden of building out a distributed infrastructure.”

All network traffic within a branch can be forwarded to the Aruba Branch Gateway for deep packet inspection using the built-in firewall. IT organizations can assign policies for specific device types to segment their traffic up to the application layer.

Retail store can limit the malicious use of in-store security cameras or designate a Point of Sale (PoS) device that can send traffic.

“I’m excited about Aruba’s edge-to-cloud vision and integrating SD-WAN functionality. This will help us solve our performance and deployment problems at a fraction of the cost,” said Corey Hasberry, IT manager for Vera Wang.

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