Connecting from the Remote Island of Aruba (An HP Company)

Improving remote access and BYOD systems seems fitting in these summer vacation months. It’s important that employees are able to connect to the office from anywhere, be it working at home or vacationing under the sun, especially given that their devices make it impeccably easy. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is here to stay. This trend in employees using their personal devices for work makes it easy for work to be taken anywhere, but as technology accelerates and users increasingly expect their devices to “just work,” enterprise engineering systems need to adapt. Users and employee’s many devices; phones, watches, tablets, may be able to work remotely, but is your business set up to allow that? The pressure is getting placed on VPNs and remote access systems – luckily we are prepared to tackle this new landscape and keep work working. Systems that allow for effortless remote access with minimal or no hardware for the user, and keep security in mind, are of the utmost importance in 2015.

Recently, Twin Networks heard from Aruba about solutions to the growing need for networks on the go. This is a great time to talk to Aruba because just this year HP finalized the acquisition of this company. Both teams are still working out the kinks with partners and sales, but the potential for end users is really amazing. Now, combined with their hardware with HP’s networking capabilities, IT branches can really create innovative and broad-reaching solutions that are well integrated, but still consider the best vendors for the project.

We’ve been fans of Aruba’s RAP (Remote Access Point) hardware for years, and in the digital, Gen Mobile age, its importance is greater than ever. We’ve trusted Aruba to provide remote solutions, and they are continuing to deliver innovation. Users will continue to want access to data faster and more easily than before. This means that utilizing the cloud is absolutely essential, hardware goes away, and ideally, the apps used to integrate are seamless as well. Simple? Yes, simple, with the right tools and know-how to set them up.

Providing systems that maintain vendor agnosticism is important to Aruba, and it’s a core value of ours as well. Twin Networks has believed from the beginning that brand names for the sake of brand names do nothing for you. We want to deliver our clients with the hardware and networks that work, not the full system of one vendor’s product for the name branded on top. Aruba’s ClearPass system is, by it’s nature, vendor and device agnostic. It’s is a great selling point for them because it keeps devices secure in the BYOD and cloud age. This policy manager, industry leader in 2013 & 2014, is built with the user in mind. Remembering that they will want their systems to work effortlessly and they won’t be concerned about security, things like self-onboarding are key features. Users on-board themselves onto networks and guest networks in a quick process and ClearPass chooses the best network to allow speed for the user.

Fewer systems, intuitive integration, and allowing users to think it “just works” are the driving goals of any IT operation. We know that countless hours go into making enormous amounts of data sync up and display in the blink of an eye so that our end users believe it’s completely effortless, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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