SD-Branch Solution Provides Simplicity, Security and Optimized Experience Through
a Single Point of Control
KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 August 2018 - Aruba, a Hewlett Packard
Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced its Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) solution, a new
approach designed to help customers modernize branch networks for evolving cloud,
IoT and mobility requirements. The integration of new cloud-managed SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking solutions,
secured with context-based policy enforcement, significantly advances IT
professionals' ability to deliver improved network availability and application
performance, while dramatically reducing management time and operational and capital
The influx of mobile
and IoT devices, greater reliance on cloud-based applications, and shrinking IT
budgets are having a profound impact on IT organizations. Branch operators also
face increased complexity and inefficiencies with a multiplicity of different
tools for managing the network and security from different vendors.
SD-Branch solution integrates new Aruba Branch Gateways with Aruba's enhanced Aruba
management platform to provide a single point for SD-WAN, wired and wireless
networking and policy enforcement, and to deliver secure, simplified branch
connectivity at scale. This purpose-built, 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.
hospitality, and healthcare organizations with multiple locations need to
manage a lot of complexity in their branch environments with a limited IT
presence. This is exacerbated by cloud services that impact the WAN
infrastructure, as well as new IoT devices that are straining IT security and
management capabilities. Aruba's Software Defined Branch solution brings
together SD-WAN with WLAN, LAN, and security under a single, software-defined
framework for policy and segmentation. This simplifies IT operations as
organisations can now manage their entire branch network from Aruba Central
cloud management while enabling non-technical teams to onboard new networks.
Overall, Aruba's SD-Branch delivers an extensive ecosystem of best-of-breed
technology partners and provides IT with a better end-to-end branch
experience," said Kenneth Ma, director and general manager of Hong Kong and
Macau, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
Key benefits of the Aruba SD-Branch solution
- Optimized Branch Experience: Application, user and device
contextual awareness delivers granular QoS within the branch and across the WAN
for SaaS, mobile UC, and other remote applications. This simplifies how LAN and
WAN traffic is prioritized and routed inside and outside the branches to
deliver a consistent experience, regardless of user role, device type or
- Simplicity at Enterprise Scale: Cloud-based management provides
remote, centralized provisioning and management of wired and wireless
connections inside the branch, and WAN and Internet connections with SD-WAN infrastructure.
This enables IT to quickly implement new
services and network changes across large, distributed environments without
requiring on-site IT.
Best-in-Class Security: Aruba security solutions offer automated, granular
intra-branch and WAN policy enforcement capabilities. New Aruba
360 security exchange technology partners deliver cloud-based
firewall and threat protection.
Optimized Branch Experience: New Aruba Branch Gateway Delivers WAN
Insights and Control
Providing improved user experiences starts with delivering
unmatched reliability. According to Gartner, a network outage can be more than
an inconvenience, and evidence shows that these can cost anywhere from $1,000
to $1,000,000 per incident in lost productivity or revenue, depending on
location and enterprise use case1.
leveraging context to gain insight into the health of an entire distributed
branch network -- wired, wireless, and WAN - IT organizations can dynamically
optimize the user experience in real-time before any impact to the business
occurs. Embedded in the new Branch Gateway, Aruba's unique context-awareness
capabilities go beyond granular role-based network access and application
security to deliver an unmatched Quality of Service (QoS) experience from the
LAN to the WAN. This allows IT professionals to satisfy the needs of end users
while simplifying IT operations.
Branch Gateway features such as policy-based routing and dynamic path selection
can now leverage this contextual data and awareness to dynamically route
traffic across the WAN based on user, device, or group affiliation. For
example, retail organizations can easily prioritize PoS system and video
traffic versus guest traffic, while hotels can prioritize voice traffic for
anyone involved with customer service.
at Enterprise Scale: Aruba Central and Infrastructure Enhancements
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. By integrating and centralizing management
while eliminating costly MPLS connectivity, customers can realize savings up to
75% as compared to traditional deployments2.
Central has been enhanced with new SD-WAN support to provide automated configuration
capabilities, granular visibility, and easy-to-use troubleshooting tools.
Aruba's Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) and intuitive mobile app for automated device
onboarding, provide non-technical staff at the branch a plug-and-play
experience that eliminates the need for manual onsite configuration and costly,
time-consuming truck rolls.
continues to expand its global presence, high-end,
luxury retailer Vera Wang is an
organization that is facing this challenge as it scales its operations. "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."
Integrated, Best-in-Class Security and New Cloud Partnerships for
Advanced Threat Protection
rise in mobility, IoT devices and cloud-based applications in the branch
requires an automated and comprehensive way of approaching security. Aruba is
uniquely positioned to provide user and device context for consistent role-based
enforcement across the LAN and WAN. Aruba ClearPass policy manager simplifies and
automates how policies are applied across different layers of network and
application access removing the need for time-consuming manual configurations.
"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," added Corey Hasberry, IT
Manager for Vera Wang. "Aruba's role-based security for our Wi-Fi and WAN infrastructure will help us bring a
consistent experience to our employees and customers."
all network traffic within a branch can be forwarded to the Aruba Branch Gateway
for deep packet inspection using the built-in stateful firewall. IT
organizations can easily assign policies for specific device types to segment
their traffic up to the application layer. In a retail environment, this easily
helps limit the malicious use of in-store security cameras or designate where a
Point of Sale (PoS) device can send traffic.
solve security vulnerabilities outside the branch perimeter, Aruba has expanded
its Aruba 360 security exchange technology partner program with the addition of
Zscaler and new integrations with Check Point Software Technologies and Palo
Alto Networks. These ecosystem partners provide cloud-based firewall and
advanced threat protection functionality to secure organizations' sensitive
traffic heading for public Internet-bound destinations.
Palo Alto Networks is the global cybersecurity leader,
known for always challenging the security status quo.
"Our partnership with Aruba allows us to continue
offering our customers new ways to improve security effectiveness and
efficiency," said Terry Ramos, Vice President of Business Development, Palo
Alto Networks. "Expanding our existing integration to the new Aruba SD-Branch
solution means that customer security policies will remain consistent and
automated so they can streamline routine tasks and focus on business
Check Point Software Technologies is the largest network
cyber security vendor globally, providing industry-leading solutions and
protecting customers from cyberattacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware
and other types of threats.
"The migration of corporate assets and applications to
the cloud has led to 5th generation multi-vector cyberattacks threatening all
businesses, and Check Point provides cloud-delivered security services to
prevent these types of attacks," said Jason Min, Head of Business and Corporate
Development, Check Point Software Technologies. "By integrating our cloud
security platform with Aruba's SD-Branch solution, Check Point is providing
businesses with Gen V advanced threat prevention solutions, preventing all
types of attacks on the cloud, endpoints, remote offices, and mobile
Zscaler enables the world's leading organizations to
securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud-first
"Security should not be an impediment as enterprises
embrace cloud and mobility and transform their network to instrument direct
internet breakouts," said Punit Minocha, Senior Vice President of Business
and Corporate Development at Zscaler. "Zscaler is proud to be part of Aruba's
360 security exchange technology partner program, and to offer those
enterprises using Aruba's SD-Branch solution a seamless way to make security
and access controls a fundamental part of their cloud transformation
SD-Branch Infographic: https://www.arubanetworks.com/assets/infographic/Aruba_SDBranch_Infographic.pdf
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard
Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking
solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT
solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of
mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of
their work and personal lives.
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1 Gartner, SD-WAN Economics: Shift
from Tactical to Strategic Thinking, February 27, 2018
based on average market MPLS connectivity costs and consolidated management