Aruba Networks has announced the launch of its virtual branch network (VBN) solution.
Designed for ease of connection for remote users, it allows the management of branch offices, clinics, home offices and telecommuters.
Aruba Networks director of marketing EMEA Roger Hockaday claimed that there is a problem with the securing of remote networks. He said: “It is about security but it doesn't stop there, it should be about mobility too. This is a new initiative for branch offices which we have developed for the purpose that home offices are not secure.”
The VBN solution from Aruba includes new software for data centre-based Aruba Controllers, as well as three new families of wired and wireless remote access points and branch controllers.
According to Aruba the solution also virtualises routing, switching and firewalls at data centre controllers running the new Aruba software to allow the remote devices to be greatly simplified and their cost reduced.
User access to network services, applications and resources is governed by IT-defined policies that are disseminated network-wide, resulting in a more uniform and secure user experience regardless of where the network is accessed.
Once policies have been defined, the data centre controller virtualises the complex and processing-intensive policy enforcement, access control, traffic forwarding, encryption, authentication, intrusion detection and remote site termination tasks. These virtualised functions are transport-independent, and any wide area network - including 3G/3.5G cellular and DSL - can be used to connect to RAPs and branch controllers.
Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and chief technology officer, said: “Aruba's VBN turns the remote networking model on its head, relying on a policy-based model to define how remote access, services, applications and resources are used. One single network running ten policies replaces ten networks requiring a truckload of appliances and untold hours of integration time.”