Preparation for the future

Preparation for the future

Preparation for the future

If you need network connectivity, you need wireless access points. Cisco offers simple-to-deploy, flexible, and secure wireless solutions designed to enable your employees and customers to communicate and collaborate like never before.

What is a Wireless Access Point (WAP)?

wireless access point (WAP) is a networking device that allows wireless-capable devices to connect to a wired network. It is simpler and easier to install WAPs to connect all the computers or devices in your network than to use wires and cables. Using a WAP lets you create a wireless network within your existing wired network, so you can accommodate wireless devices.

Simple

An intuitive mobile app simplifies network set-up and management. Add wireless coverage with a simple mesh extender plug-in.

Flexible

Predictable performance in a compact form factor ideal for small to mid-size enterprise deployments.

Secure

The Integrated Cisco Umbrella end-to-end security prevents malware, phishing, and other threats from reaching your network.

Preparation for the future

When you invest in WAPs that feature future-ready modularity, you are helping to ready your IT infrastructure to support next-generation technologies. Learn more about the different types of access point configurations.

Building blocks for small business networks

Building blocks for small business networks

Building blocks for small business networks

From connectivity to cloud applications, networking plays a crucial role in every business journey. Reliability, security, and affordability continue to be top of mind, while ongoing management and operations add additional complexity that take time and resources.

Critical building block for any small business network

Cisco Business is a portfolio of affordable wireless access points, switches and routers designed and built for Small Business. Managed through Cisco Business Dashboard and mobile app, the portfolio provides a simple and reliable experience.

Cisco Business 350 Series models

The Cisco Business 350 Series Managed Switches are reliable building blocks for the small business network. With an intuitive dashboard, advanced features, and pervasive security, the Cisco Business 350 Series Managed Switches are positioned to accelerate your digital transformation.

Cisco Business Dashboard

Cisco Business Dashboard makes managing a business network easy by automating the deployment, monitoring, and lifecycle management of Cisco Business switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Features and benefits

Simplicity

Use the intuitive dashboard to automate the deployment, monitoring, and lifecycle management of your switches.

Security

Pervasive security helps safeguards your network and the privacy of your customers.

Performance

Gigabit, multigigabit and 10G ports and wire-speed performance provide a solid foundation for the small business network.

Flexibility

Get true stacking of up to four switches, all functioning as a single device with unified management and control.

High Reliability and Resiliency

Cisco Business 350 Series Switches offer the reliable performance and peace of mind you expect from a Cisco switch. A solution that has been rigorously tested to help ensure optimal network uptime to ensure business continuity.

The next evolution in cloud convergence

The next evolution in cloud convergence

The next evolution in cloud convergence

Network security is no longer confined to the data centre. As security shifts to the cloud, the tried-and-true perimeter-based model just can’t keep up. Today’s cybersecurity professionals are contending with an entirely new type of network and an entirely new set of security needs — now more than ever, they need a new way to keep users, data, and devices safe from threats.

The future: connect, control, converge

In this new paradigm, IT requires a simple and reliable approach to protect and connect with agility. This is forcing a convergence of network and security functions closer to users and devices, at the edge — and is best delivered as a cloud-based, as-a-service model called secure access service edge (SASE).

Features and benefits

Connect your workforce to applications seamlessly

Control access through simplified security and policy enforcement

Converge networking and security functions to meet multi-cloud demands at scale

New network, new security challenges

SASE (pronounced “sassy”) offers an alternative to traditional data centre–oriented security, with a new type of cloud-based architecture that brings together networking and security services in one unified solution. This converged network and security solution is designed to deliver strong secure access from edge to edge — including the data centre, remote offices, roaming users, and beyond. By consolidating a variety of network and security functions in one service that can be deployed anywhere from the cloud, SASE can provide better protection and faster performance, while reducing the cost and work it takes to secure the network.

SASE your way with Cisco Umbrella

Cisco continues to invest in Cisco Umbrella, the heart of their SASE architecture. It already combines multiple security functions in a unified cloud-native service — delivering the protection you need, anywhere users work, supported by an industry-leading global cloud architecture.

Start your SASE journey

Whether you’re looking to onramp to a cloud architecture, securely connect users who can’t come to the office, or move security from on prem to the cloud, Cisco can help.

Exploring the Possibilities of Aruba Central

Exploring the Possibilities of Aruba Central

Exploring the Possibilities of Aruba Central

Cloud adoption and the intelligent edge have rapidly accelerated in recent years, transforming IT domains such as compute, storage and, now, the network. For businesses to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, they must take advantage of new networking technology; with agility, connectivity, and the ability to support remote and WFH models as priorities.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this need, requiring networks to have a unified infrastructure that eliminates silos and streamlines operations with full security, and AI powered features that can identify issues before they occur.

As organisations pivot to hybrid working environments, there are common challenges that many companies face. Ensuring optimal network efficiencies with near-zero downtime so that users can communicate remotely with each other, their clients, and company servers is critical. This challenge is further compounded by many organisations having outdated management systems, and historically complex and distributed IT infrastructure, including diverse communication channels, network architectures, and software applications.

Additional challenges include:

        • Technology silos – Which hinder agility
        • Lack of automation and visibility – Time-consuming implementation and poor understanding of root cause issues
        • Security threats – Unauthorised installations of IOT devices
        • Remote worker issues – Limited performance and output
        • Economic and resource constraints – Reallocating budgets to meet shifting priorities

As a result, legacy networks struggle to manage the requirements of today’s business environments.

The network needs of modern businesses

To ensure business success, agility and operational efficiency are critical. Modern networks must keep up and have the ability to deploy services to support the Intelligent edge, and to see beyond the here and now.

Aruba Central is a powerful cloud networking solution with AI-powered insights, workflow automation, and robust security that enables IT to manage and optimise campus, branch, remote, data centre, and IoT networks from a single dashboard. All of which can be consumed as a service.

Below we explore some primary network requirements for modern businesses and how they can be met with Aruba Central.

1. Network performance

Automation must be a defining characteristic of the modern network. Configuring, managing, testing, deploying, and operating physical and virtual network devices should be automated.

Network service availability (or uptime) improves exponentially when daily tasks, functions and repetitive processes are automated.

Aruba Central’s analytics reports compare the latest metrics against pre-programmed operational models, providing real-time information to help make functional decisions to improve network performance, broad visibility, and monitoring.

Raw network data, including real-time streaming data, is collected and analysed to provide up-to-date information that will help improve the performance, reliability, visibility, or security of the network.

2. Network management

Networks that are managed using a variety of siloed tools, with limited AI functionality, and reduced feature and deployment flexibility can impact agility and the ability to support ever-changing working environments. Today’s management systems include AI-powered features with built-in security, and the ability to unify network operations across all domains and locations.

Aruba Central has a vision for unifying network management under a single pane of glass. This ‘as a service’ model is gaining traction due to the ability to control costs, increase efficiency, and reduce downtime. It also enables organisations greater flexibility and control over how they consume and pay for their network management.

3. Network assurance

Network assurance is essential to ensure that the appropriate level and quality of network service are delivered to customers. These assurance features help improve network performance and security as well as the user experience.

The most effective way to implement a robust network assurance strategy is to ensure that network security, usage, and quality policies are clearly defined and well-maintained. The network and the assets, infrastructure, data, and software remain secured at all times.

Aruba Central is designed to cater to both cloud and on-premises network infrastructure; thereby, providing a single solution for organisations that have networks that span both environments and have either cloud or on-premises network architecture.

Benefits of a cloud-based networking system

To maximise the many advantages of the cloud, a network should be agile with the ability to connect into and out of cloud data centres through to remote working locations.

The benefits of cloud networking include:

        • Reduced infrastructure spend
        • Automated, centralised software updates ensuring that the network and all devices on the network are secure and patched, preventing hackers from gaining unauthorised access
        • Automate and assist decision making by powering AI and machine learning
        • The ability to quickly scale up and scale down IT infrastructure without having to purchase and wait for expensive equipment to arrive
        • Improved productivity and user experience

Aruba Central is unique in that it is the only cloud-native networking solution that orchestrates the management of such diverse network infrastructure. It is designed to simplify the maintenance of corporate networks through a single interface or dashboard for all operations.

Aruba Central’s key benefits include:

        • AIOps (Artificial Intelligence and Operations) for wireless, wired, and SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) or virtual networks which enables the network to predict issues before they occur, resulting in a proactive approach rather than reactive
        • The ability to rapidly scale up to tens of thousands of cloud, on-premises, and as-a-service devices in a single instance resulting in better use of resources and outcomes
        • Zero-touch provisioning that simplifies deployment and lifecycle management
        • Automated orchestrated capabilities from a centralised management console
        • Zero trust security to increase protection levels whilst simplifying operations
        • IT teams are able to manage network infrastructure remotely

Aruba Central offers organisations a simple, secure, and cost-effective way to deploy, monitor, and manage both wired and wireless networks.

Aruba Central has the capacity to simplify the process of adopting a cloud-based network architecture. And where remote employees need to install their own edge network devices, Aruba’s zero-touch provisioning allows non-technical users to unpack and power on the Access Point (AP) or switch. Its configuration and firmware are downloaded and installed directly from Aruba Central.

Aruba Central offers the ability to set up the zero-touch provisioning and monitor from a centralised user interface (UI) to ensure that the devices are provisioned correctly for remote employees. Analytics provided by Aruba Central to monitor and optimise these devices can be used to improve remote worker productivity.

Final thoughts

When implementing a successful hybrid remote/office model, one of the most significant considerations for all organisations is the imperative of upgrading or improving their IT network and server infrastructure.

Aruba Central is the only cloud-based networking platform that supports both on-premises and cloud-based networking with a single UI to deploy, manage, and monitor infrastructure across campus, branch, data centre, and remote workers.

With today’s ever-changing working environments, contact us, as your IT partner, to find out more about how Aruba Central can work for you.

Turn your entire network into an extension of your security architecture

Turn your entire network into an extension of your security architecture

Turn your entire network into an extension of your security architecture

As your business-critical applications are a blend of cloud and on-premise based and users need secure access to resources from everywhere, the traditional firewall approach no longer works. Your single network perimeter has evolved to multiple micro-perimeters. For many organisations the application is the new perimeter, and traditional firewall deployments have evolved to a mixture of physical, virtual, and cloud-native appliances. As a result, organisations are struggling to operationalise support for modern application environments. The challenges of how to maintain consistent visibility, policy enforcement, and uniform threat visibility without opening vulnerabilities that expose the organisation to risk.

The Cisco Secure Firewall portfolio delivers greater protections for your network against an increasingly evolving and complex set of threats. With Cisco, you’re investing in a foundation for security that is both agile and integrated- leading to the strongest security posture available today and tomorrow. From your data centre, branch offices, cloud environments, and everywhere in between, you can leverage the power of Cisco to turn your existing network infrastructure into an extension of your firewall solution, resulting in world-class security controls everywhere you need them.

The firewall at your security platform’s core

World-class security controls

Defending networks against increasingly sophisticated threats requires industry-leading intelligence and consistent protections everywhere. Improve your security posture today with Cisco Secure Firewall.

Consistent policy and visibility

As networks become more interconnected, achieving comprehensive threat visibility and consistent policy management is difficult. Simplify security management and gain visibility across distributed and hybrid networks.

Integrate network and security

Cisco Secure Firewall sets the foundation for integrating powerful threat prevention capabilities into your existing network infrastructure, making the network a logical extension of your firewall solution.

Reduce complexity with Cisco Secure Firewall

Real-time, unified, workload and network security for integrated control across dynamic application environments

Platform approach to network security, leveraging and sharing intelligence from key sources for faster detection, response, and remediation

Safeguard remote workers with highly secure enterprise access anytime, anywhere, from any device, with powerful threat prevention capabilities that protect the organisation, users and critical applications

SecureX entitlement included with every Cisco Secure Firewall, for a tightly integrated approach to security that enables threat correlation across the Cisco Secure portfolio and accelerates incident response

Simplify your security

Investing in a Secure Firewall appliance today gives you robust protections against even the most sophisticated threats without compromising performance when inspecting encrypted traffic.

Wi-Fi 6: The next generation of wireless

Wi-Fi 6: The next generation of wireless

Wi-Fi 6: The next generation of wireless

Another new amendment to the Wi-Fi standard! Every new generation of Wi-Fi brings an opportunity to pause and consider the transformational changes that will be affecting us in the coming years. Today, Wi-Fi networks already experience bandwidth-intensive media content and multiple Wi-Fi devices per user. Moving forward, networks will face a continued dramatic increase in the number of devices, a tripling of the total global IP traffic, and a diverse range of new technologies that will all heavily rely on Wi-Fi.

Evolution of Wi-Fi

Since 1999, Wi-Fi has evolved rapidly to provide significantly higher throughput and performance. The development of the 802.11ax amendment started in 2013, as a group of technical experts came together to discuss the challenges that Wi-Fi might face in coming years. The task group discussed problem statements and solutions, ultimately outlining the requirements for Wi-Fi 6, also known as High Efficiency WLAN. This new generation of Wi-Fi will be intelligent enough to enable the dense and pervasive wireless environments of the future.

High-density Wi-Fi, both indoors and out

Cisco Meraki’s latest Wi-Fi technology provides higher performance and greater efficiency than ever before – even in environments with high client density, like schools

Sophisticated performance monitoring and protection

With automated Wi-Fi channels, simple multi-site management and wireless intrusion prevention, Cisco Meraki’s wireless technology is easy to manage and secure at scale.

Rich analytics for a better experience

Cisco Meraki’s smart access points provide valuable insights about client devices – helping to identify bottlenecks or build custom location-aware software solutions.

Unmatched visibility

Cisco Meraki’s cloud-based dashboard provides total visibility into a network’s users, their devices and their applications. This provides the ability to quickly create access control and application usage policies that optimise both the end-user experience and network security.

Smarter analytics

Cisco Meraki’s location analytics and reporting features provide real-time statistics to help you better understand foot traffic, and improve customer engagement and loyalty across sites.

Next-generation Wi-Fi Products

A complete range of Wi-Fi 6 models – with multigigabit technology – to allow you to optimise wireless access points for a seamless user experience, with faster connections, greater user capacity and more coverage.

Try our technology

See for yourself how Cisco Meraki’s cloud-managed IT solutions can transform your workplace.