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August 31, 2010

Polycom Certifies Aruba's Virtual Branch Networking Solution

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Aruba Network’s Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) solution has been certified by Polycom for use with its suite of unified communications products for teleworkers, the company has announced.

VBN can save up to 60 percent in capital and up to 75 percent in operating expenses when compared to existing branch router solutions, says Aruba Networks (News - Alert). All configuration, management, authentication, and reporting are done centrally by an Aruba Mobility Controller in the data center.

By using centrally-managed, user-configured Remote Access Points (RAPs), costing as little as $99 per site to deliver secure access, VBN rightsizes the cost of remote networking. While cloud-based content security service economically delivers enterprise-class protection for branches of one to many, Aruba’s no-cost Virtual Intranet Client delivers RAP functionality to PC users, the company states.

“As enterprises have scaled up telework initiatives to improve productivity, reduce real estate footprints and lower overhead costs, the limitations and expense of traditional remote access solutions have highlighted the need for a better alternative,” said Manav Khurana, Aruba’s Head of Industry Marketing. “Aruba VBN addresses this issue with exceptionally low per user and per site deployment costs, unmatched ease-of-use, and centralized management that gives IT departments complete visibility.”

With the help of Aruba Networks, Polycom (News - Alert) and its ARENA ecosystem can now focus on proliferating new collaborative communications solutions that benefit organizations worldwide. To simplify unified communications for teleworkers, the company can use Aruba’s solution as it addresses the unique remote networking needs. Polycom offers a complete portfolio of Unified Communications (News - Alert) (UC) products that can now be easily extended to branch offices and remote workers with Aruba’s VBN.

Recently, the company announced that its wireless solutions are being deployed in the corporate offices, warehouses and retail stores of Zander Group, a Germany based wholesale provider of electrical, heating and sanitation products. The networks will allow in-store customers to checkout using self-service, hand-held barcode readers, employees to access Zander's business applications, and offers visitors access to the Internet. The network was provided by authorized Aruba partner, TWINSEC GmbH.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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