November 11, 2019

Are you prepared for the mobile future?

Any organisation that wishes to embrace mobility must be underpinned by a reliable, robust and secure network infrastructure, and in this day and age, any company without a mobile strategy in place – both internally and externally – runs the risk of falling behind competitors.

The drive toward mobility has created an increased demand for access to enterprise apps and data beyond simple email and calendars. Employees expect to be able to access applications and data from any of their devices, at any time, anywhere. From a business perspective, there are a lot of benefits to this, but anytime-anywhere access, with much of it relying on wireless infrastructure, can place significant strain on the network.

Organisations must keep in mind the fact that more employees bringing mobile devices to the workplace and connecting to the network can have a detrimental effect on wireless networks. Businesses may find themselves faced with seriously degraded performance and security issues, and network management can become extremely complex as a result. In addition, security can become a challenge.

Among networking technologies, Aruba is unique. A Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, Aruba has adopted a mobile-first architecture to ensure these challenges are easily resolved. Understanding that we are rapidly moving towards a culture that uses predominantly mobile and wireless devices, Aruba has created solutions specifically geared for the future.

The network of the future

As mobility becomes an increasingly important consideration in the development of corporate networks, businesses must ensure that their network solution no longer distinguishes between wired and wireless infrastructure. There should be seamless management between the two, and extended services such as NAC and Policy Management should be the same for either.

Aruba, for example, allows wired and wireless networks to share the same management platform, policies, access control and authentication mechanisms, eliminating the need to have different systems for the different mediums.

Open standards are also important. If digital transformation strategies are to succeed, companies need to be able to provide seamless network services across multiple vendor infrastructures. Take a hybrid-cloud initiative for example. Until simple Layer 2 networks can be created between data centres and cloud providers, true hybrid cloud elasticity will not be possible.

Aruba supports multi-vendor wireless solutions, and allows integration with most vendors that have RESTFUL API’s. This can unlock new business services like location-based services in corporate offices, warehouses and factories. Integration with modern office technologies like meeting room booking systems is also possible.

Aruba solutions lack complexity and are simple to implement, manage and administer. Simplicity is extremely important. When solutions are complex to implement, they are generally complex to manage. Expensive technical resources are then required to keep the system running.

Networking technologies are slowly but steadily progressing to a software defined culture, and ease of deployment, management and use are becoming key considerations in the choice of equipment companies are deploying to ensure their network meets their needs now, and in the future. Tools like those offered by Aruba help to future-proof IT for longer, as well as ensuring fast speeds and secure connectivity.

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