New device family aims to give small orgs big management, security features
HPE’s Aruba this week launched a new family of wireless access points designed to give SMBs the performance and security features traditionally limited to large enterprises.
The Lowdown: The new Aruba Instant On portfolio features Aruba’s 802.11ac Wave 2 technology and combines the networking vendor’s business-grade Wi-Fi feature set in a bundle that includes simplified setup and management and hardened security.
The Details: The new devices should be of interest to SMB organizations that are increasingly tasked to deliver always-on connectivity and need secure and scalable systems but without the setup and management overhead most enterprise systems entail.
The Aruba Instant On family features:
• A simplified mobile app for setup and management
• Two management modes via the Instant On mobile app or cloud-based Web portal
• Compliance with the latest authentication protocols such as WPA2/WPA3
• Smart Mesh technology for network expansion to hard-to-wire areas
• Ceiling, wall mount, and desktop options to suit a variety of SMB environments
The Buzz: “Aruba is leveraging its extensive experience in enterprise networking to bring high-speed wireless connectivity to small businesses that need secure, scalable Wi-Fi with simplified setup and management,” said David Dennis, executive vice president of product management at technology distributor Synnex. “The SMB market is a focus for Synnex and our market-leading Varnex community of partners dedicated to providing great technology solutions at affordable prices. As the largest stocking distributor for Aruba, Synnex sees an enormous market opportunity with this new portfolio of products.”
“The quality and security of Wi-Fi connectivity is a real consideration for small-business customers when they’re deciding where to play, stay, dine, and do business because so much about the overall experience is tied to staying connected,” said Zeus Kerravala, analyst at ZK Research. “The introduction of Aruba Instant On gives small businesses the ability to simply and easily deploy a wireless solution that can be managed remotely by even non-tech savvy people from any mobile device.”
“Savvy small-business owners understand that, in order to compete and win in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, they must deliver a seamless and secure wireless experience to their employees, customers, and guests,” said Norm Lillis, vice president of small business at direct market reseller (DMR) giant CDW. “Together with Aruba’s Instant On platform and CDW’s expertise, our small-business clients will be able to better meet the growing needs of their business.”