Aruba launches all-in-one Cloud Services Controllers

Network hardware vendor aims to consolidate branch appliances

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Aruba launches all-in-one Cloud Services Controllers The Aruba 7000 series is designed to integrate WAN intelligence, programmable context-aware firewall, policy-based routing, unified wired and wireless access, and zero-touch provisioning.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 4, 2015

Aruba Networks today introduced a branch office networking solution aimed at reducing the number of appliances and access servers into a single cloud services platform.

The company hopes its 7000 series Cloud Services Controllers will "eliminate the time, cost and complexity of managing disparate single-purpose point products in the branch".

"Growing legions of enterprise applications and services are migrating to public and private clouds because businesses can realise significant performance gains while saving up to 48% per site - all while having centralised visibility and control across every branch location," Aruba said in a statement.

The Aruba 7000 series amalgamates several branch networking functions into a single platform, supporting two Ethernet broadband WAN connections and a 3G/4G LTE cellular back-up link for business continuity. Branches that use certificate-based 802.1X RADIUS with EAP-TLS get uninterrupted service even if RADIUS servers are unreachable, according to Aruba.

Also a programmable policy-enforcement firewall is designed to take care of: Web-content filtering; integration with Microsoft Lync mobile unified communications; integration with Palo Alto Networks firewalls; performance gains for cloud-based applications; and advanced routing.

"As organisations in the Middle East look to reduce complexity in their IT infrastructure, the Aruba 7000 series Cloud Services Controller will be invaluable in helping consolidate all required branch IT functions into a single, centrally managed platform," said Ammar Enaya, general manager of Aruba Networks Middle East. "This product offers significant performance and monetary gains besides the benefits of having centralised visibility and control across every branch location."

The Aruba 7000 Series Cloud Services Controller hardware is available today with related services being delivered in the second quarter of 2015.

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