Wednesday, 26 June 2019 11:32

Aruba deploys SD-WAN for City of Whittlesea

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Network solutions provider Aruba has deployed its SD-WAN solution across 15 branch offices of Victorian local government body, the City of Whittlesea.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, says the deployment will optimise connectivity across the offices whilst “significantly lowering costs, streamlining IT resource and providing greater flexibility in setting up new locations”.

And Aruba says SD-WAN enables City of Whittlesea’s infrastructure team to deploy, configure and manage both WLAN and WAN traffic across multiple branch sites, from small offices to community activity centres and libraries, all from a single pane of glass.

“The solution has removed the constraints of City of Whittlesea’s costly legacy connectivity technologies, to provide a flexible network that enhances branch visibility, management and control. This has optimised operations for their lean infrastructure team, allowing them to effectively manage more branch locations with fewer resources and reduce operational costs.” Aruba said.

David Holt, Team Leader, Network Operations at City of Whittlesea said: “Aruba SD-WAN has solved our branch visibility and operation limitations, reducing the time it takes our infrastructure team to deploy and manage our WAN network.

“There was a lot of day-to-day maintenance involved in running our previous solution that we simply couldn’t dedicate resource to. Aruba’s solution has removed this demand on resource and simplified our operations, allowing our team to focus on more critical business projects and, most importantly, deliver significant cost savings.”

Aruba says that with SD-WAN, the council can now connect all branch locations to the head office network, and at the same time have both corporate and public access to council services available at those sites. The solution also gives the City of Whittlesea new flexibility, allowing the council to quickly and easily add new locations, both permanent and temporary.

Anthony Smith, director, Aruba South Pacific, said: “We are proud to deploy Aruba’s first city council SD-WAN solution, delivering increased visibility and control, enabling City of Whittlesea to reduce its operational costs and benefit from an agile network.

“A key feature that attracts our customers to Aruba SD-WAN is the cost savings that it delivers – moving networks to lower-cost links and improving the visibility and management of branch traffic. This greater visibility of devices and network traffic inside City of Whittlesea’s branch office locations means the council can now easily troubleshoot the source of issues affecting the WAN and branch level networks.

“Our SD-WAN solution helps our customers to do more with less and we’re delighted to have helped the City of Whittlesea improve its network efficiency and reduce its operational costs in this way.

“We look forward to supporting City of Whittlesea’s dedicated infrastructure team as they deploy the solution across the council’s activity centres, leisure centres and offices, simplifying WAN routing and enhancing the council’s network performance to improve end-user experience for staff and constituents.”

The Aruba SD-WAN deployment is part of City of Whittlesea’s wider digital transformation project to enable a mobile-friendly workforce and offer constituents digital services, such as free, public Wi-Fi.

“Our inherited connectivity solution was both costly and not robust enough to support our digital transformation project,” said Holt.

“With a newly empowered mobile workforce spread across multiple branch locations we needed a flexible WAN management solution that could consistently enforce policies across our city council sites and give us greater visibility of traffic. With IT resource focused on rolling out our digital transformation activity, it was also important for us to have a solution that would streamline our team’s resources and time spent managing network traffic.”

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