Discussion around business continuity and the need for contingency planning has long been a talking point and element of focus in the world of business IT. It’s a shame that an extraordinary situation such as the one we currently find ourselves in has brought the discussion to the front of people’s minds, but in times of disruption and uncertainty, it’s important to take control of what you can.
Here at Perfekt, we’re doing everything we can to help keep our staff and their families safe and healthy, and of course our customers as well. We also realise that for many Australians, working from home is now a reality for the foreseeable future. For organisations to maintain business continuity it’s integral to have the right remote working policies and IT infrastructure in place to facilitate this and deliver a seamless and secure working experience that keeps productivity flowing.
When evaluating a work from home policy, key consideration needs to be given to connectivity and network security. With staff working from home, there’s a good chance their network connectivity will have limited performance and security capabilities compared to that of the corporate network. When you consider the current cyber threats doing the rounds that are directly related to COVID-19 information, it’s critical that home networks have the necessary security capabilities to resist these attacks in order to maintain compliance, and keep critical data and applications safe.
There are solutions available that can deliver a secure network beyond the realms of the corporate office.
Introducing Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs)
Multi-functional Aruba RAPs are designed to deliver secure and fast wireless and wired network access to company resources for remote work spaces.1 As home offices are often put together in the best manner that the physical environment will allow for, Aruba RAPs are flexible, with features that can allow for:
- Small form factor
- Desk-mount capability
- One or more local wired ports
- Add AC power or midspan adaptors if necessary
- PoE support to power printers or VoIP phones if needed
Regardless of whether your network is managed in the cloud or on-premises, the RAPs will connect seamlessly and provide visibility across all your remote locations, driving the ability to remedy any issues before they evolve into genuine problems. It’s also important to know that when leveraging Aruba equipment, there are a number of unique capabilities that only help to improve your overall network posture.
Uninterrupted access to key applications
As long as your workers have an internet or cellular connection, they can enjoy a seamless workplace desk experience, with laptops, phones and printers functioning just as they would in the office.
Fast, powerful, always-on connectivity
In the event that the primary line to the datacentre fails, the RAP doesn’t need to be reprogrammed with new route information, they’ll automatically look to discover an alternate path.
Seamless, no fuss, zero-touch provisioning
RAPs can be easily deployed in a home office without the IT team having to lift a finger. The network administrator configures a list of however many RAPs are necessary for your workforce and once they’re installed and present to the network with the allocated digital certificate, they simply become part of the main network infrastructure.
Keep your applications and data safe with encryption and user authentication across both wired and wireless connections.
Management through single pane of glass
Aruba AirWave provides visibility across both individual users and devices, and links into other existing IT management software such as Aruba Central, which is your command centre for provisioning your RAPs.
We know these are challenging times and the future is uncertain, but as we said earlier, in times like these it’s important to take control of what you can, and Aruba RAPs with management platforms like AirWave and Central give you a fast, reliable and secure network that your employees can leverage from home with peace of mind knowing their work is as safe there as it would be in the office.
Give us a call for support or assistance with your remote network today.
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