The market for SD-WAN is growing fast, and HPE's Aruba wants a piece of that growth. At the HPE Discover event on June 19, Aruba announced its Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) solution bringing together SD-WAN, LAN and security.
"The business outcomes and savings for moving to an SD-WAN model for the branch can be dramatic," Aruba CTO Partha Narasimhan wrote in a blog post. "It’s a fraction of the cost of MPLS, creates additional cost savings by reducing the reliance on expensive links, and overall, delivers performance benefits without sacrificing reliability or security."
The SD-Branch is a collection of Aruba products supplemented with multiple enhancements to support SD-WAN. The approach includes Aruba Branch Gateways that make use of the Aruba Central cloud management platform.
Aruba Central is now being positioned by Aruba as the integration point to provide a single point for SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking, and policy enforcement. Aruba has added new SD-WAN capabilities to Central, enabling automated configuration capabilities, granular visibility and troubleshooting tools.
The SD-Branch solution also benefits from the Aruba ClearPass access control technology for policy management.
Looking at security, the Aruba 360 security exchange technology partner program has now added integrations with Palo Alto Networks, Check Point Software and Zscaler to help improve SD-branch security.
"We believe that the integration of the LAN and WAN infrastructure provides our customers with a unique advantage for how a branch network is deployed and managed in the digital era," Narasimhan wrote. "With the launch of Aruba’s SD-Branch solution, we’re delivering more than what is possible with solutions that include separate SD-WAN offerings that cannot leverage valuable user and device context and are managed separately. "
Aruba's SD-Branch solution is expected to start shipping to customers in July 2018.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.