Overcoming obstacles to growth with Datacom and Aruba

Today’s CIOs are expected to drive business innovation, yet many are grappling with limited IT staff, resources and budgets. In a rapidly evolving landscape, leveraging the right tech is key to overcoming those obstacles and freeing up your team to focus on what matters – growth.

At Datacom, we partner with Aruba Networks – a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions – because it enables organisations to take advantage of a cost-effective mobile-ready network without sacrificing business-class performance, security or reliability.

Our Business Development Manager, Tom Cook, regularly sees the following common obstacles cropping up in the market – here’s how utilising Aruba’s networking solutions can help to overcome these issues to accelerate business growth.

Lack of network visibility
A survey by the Ponemon Institute polled some 3,866 IT and IT security practitioners in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America and found that more than half (63 per cent) highlighted the importance of network visibility – the need for availability and capacity to monitor traffic on their network.

With Aruba Central, everything from setting up the network to monitoring and maintaining it is streamlined. Whether managing one site or a thousand remote locations, full visibility and control over all network traffic is possible via one enterprise-grade portal.

Slow response times to issues
Many organisations lack the capability to quickly diagnose and rectify network issues before they halt operations, or, worse still, allow a security breach.

Aruba’s connectivity health functionality provides the proactive monitoring and analysis required to address issues in all phases of the connection process, including association with access points, network authentication, address assignment and domain name service accessibility. Detailed drill-downs also help isolate problems and identify rogue devices quickly and easily

Lack of capital to upgrade
One of the most common obstacles to growth for small and mid-sized businesses is a lack of capital to invest in new systems or infrastructure, no matter how archaic the current set-up may be.

Thanks to the value of the cloud, the cost of implementing high-performing networks has come down significantly. Aruba offers enterprise networking solutions at a consumer-grade price. And the benefits your business can reap from an upgraded solution – in productivity, increased customer engagement, sales growth and more – means you quickly achieve a return on investment (ROI).

Additionally, you can choose a subscription option that fits your business today and scale up or down as needed, so you don’t have to justify a huge Cost of Capital (COC) from the outset.

Security concerns
With such rapid developments in both technology and cyber-crime, Tom regularly speaks with practitioners who believe some of their organisation’s existing security solutions are outdated and inadequate.

Aruba offers the option for integrated and automated security controls to protect business data from malware and unauthorised users, and intrusion detection and prevention to safeguard infrastructure. Aruba’s Instant Wi-Fi also includes a built-in firewall and smart application handling for granular visibility and control to make it even more secure.

Lack of centralised control of the network
Disjointed or incomplete network control capabilities are some of the leading causes of inefficient or insecure network management for businesses of all sizes. Aruba’s comprehensive dashboard provides a streamlined overview of the network, along with client and application performance monitoring views.

Simplified monitoring and control of headend and branch gateways through integrated software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) management is also provided. Intelligent workflows provide the ability to look into specific device, policy or circuit configurations to ensure performance aligns with business and user expectations.

If you’d like to learn more about how Datacom and Aruba can help you achieve better visibility, control and performance of your network, get in touch with a Datacom team near you.

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