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Aruba Instant On: Helping SMEs securely grow their businesses

October 18, 2023
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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the global economy, contributing significantly to job creation and economic growth. However, in today's increasingly digital landscape, SMEs must adapt to remain competitive, and do this without the massive budgets their corporate counterparts enjoy. 

A big part of this evolution for SMEs is the need for secure and reliable network infrastructure that can grow alongside their businesses. 

A comprehensive networking solution 

With this in mind, HPE introduced Aruba Instant On, a comprehensive networking solution, that provides SMEs with the perfect platform to grow their businesses securely. 

One of the most significant advantages of Aruba Instant On for SMEs is its simplicity and ease of deployment. Setting up a secure network infrastructure can be a daunting task, particularly for businesses with limited IT skills and resources. Aruba Instant On simplifies this process by providing a plug-and-play solution that can be set up within minutes. 

It also features a user-friendly interface that allows even non-technical staff to configure and manage the network effortlessly. This simplicity ensures that SMEs can get their network up and running quickly, minimising downtime and disruption to their operations. 

Starting small 

Most SMEs start off small but aspire to grow. Aruba Instant On recognises this need for scalability and enables these entities to begin with a basic setup and expand their network infrastructure as their requirements evolve. Whether it's adding more access points, switches, or security features, Aruba Instant On can scale to accommodate the growing needs of SMEs in every sector. 

This scalability not only ensures that SMEs do not outgrow their network but also allows them to manage costs effectively, investing in additional hardware only when necessary, and avoiding the risk of over-provisioning. 

Keeping customers safe 

Security is a top concern for every company today, and SMEs are no different. Just because a company is small, doesn’t mean it’s immune to cyber-attacks. Quite the opposite, because bad actors know that these companies don’t have fortunes to throw at the latest cybersecurity solutions and are often easier to breach.  

Aruba Instant On offers a comprehensive set of security features that are essential for protecting sensitive data and ensuring business continuity. These include: 

  • WPA3 encryption: Aruba Instant On supports the latest WPA3 encryption standard, providing robust protection against unauthorised access. 
  • Firewall and intrusion detection: It includes a built-in firewall and intrusion detection system to safeguard against external threats. 
  • Guest network isolation: SMEs can easily set up guest networks with isolation features, ensuring that guest traffic remains separate from critical business operations. 
  • Access control: Aruba Instant On allows for granular access control, ensuring that only authorised devices and users can access the network. 

Eliminating redundancy 

Like any business, downtime can be catastrophic for SMEs, resulting in lost revenue and customer dissatisfaction. Aruba Instant On is designed with reliability and redundancy in mind. It offers features such as load balancing and failover to ensure that the network remains operational even in the event of hardware failures. 

Additionally, its cloud-based management platform provides real-time monitoring and alerts, allowing businesses to proactively address issues before they impact operations. This level of reliability is key for SMEs looking to provide uninterrupted services to their customers. 

Management and support 

Today’s world is a hybrid one, and managing a network infrastructure across multiple locations can be a daunting task for SMEs. Aruba Instant On simplifies this task via centralised management capabilities. It features a single dashboard, via which businesses can monitor and manage all their network devices, irrespective of their physical locations. 

This not only streamlines network administration but also enhances security by ensuring consistent policies and configurations across all sites. 

Similarly, SMEs have had to adapt to the new world of work and having remote workforces. Aruba Instant On is well-equipped to support remote work scenarios, as it is secure, and ready for today’s Internet of Things (IoT), remote-learning, online-everything world. 

Furthermore, the solution's cloud-based management platform enables IT teams to manage and troubleshoot network issues from wherever they are, reducing the need for on-site support and cutting operational costs. 

An attractive price tag 

This isn’t the only way the solution is cost-effective. Because finances are a major consideration for SMEs, Aruba Instant On offers a cost-effective networking solution that provides enterprise-grade features without a hefty price tag.  

SMEs can benefit from all these advanced features, such as security, scalability, and reliability without breaking the bank. Its attractive total cost of ownership (TCO) and the ability to manage network resources efficiently make Aruba Instant On a compelling option for budget-conscious SMEs. 

Leveling the playing fields 

In today's competitive business environment, SMEs must embrace digital transformation to remain relevant and competitive.  

Aruba Instant On offers them the ideal networking solution to securely grow their businesses, through its simplicity, scalability, robust security features, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.  

If you’re looking to build a secure and resilient network infrastructure that lays the foundation for your future success, contact Tarsus Distribution.

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