City of Whittlesea deploys Aruba SD-WAN

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

City of Whittlesea deploys Aruba SD-WAN

The City of Whittlesea in outer Melbourne has become the first Australian council to deploy the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution offered by HPE’s Aruba Networks.

The council will use Aruba’s SD-WAN to optimise connectivity across 15 branch offices, while lowering costs and streamlining IT resource management.

The solution will enable the city’s infrastructure team to deploy, configure and manage both WLAN and WAN traffic across multiple branch sites from a single pane of glass, providing both corporate and public access to council services across those sites.

In addition, the city is now able to add new permanent and temporary locations to the network with just a few steps, including branch gateways at pop-up community events.

City of Whittlesea Team Leader for Network Operations David Holt said the deployment has enabled the council to solve its branch visibility and operation limitations, reducing the time it takes to deploy and manage the council’s WAN network.

“There was a lot of day-to-day maintenance involved in running our previous solution that we simply couldn’t dedicate resource to,” he said.

“Aruba’s solution has removed this demand on resource and simplified our operations, allowing our team to focus on more critical business projects and, most importantly, deliver significant cost savings.”

The City of Whittlesea’s Aruba infrastructure will include 100 access points, 15 branch gateways, two data centres and a cloud management platform.

The SD-WAN component of the infrastructure is currently being tested across six sites, and will be rolled out out to a further nine over the next two months.

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