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Law Firm Relies On Aruba EdgeConnect To Support Work-From-Anywhere (Sponsored)
FordHarrison LLP is a labor and employment law firm with 25 offices across the US. The organization wanted to improve the quality of VoIP calls and get better application performance to ensure its attorneys could more effectively serve clients and function as one firm.
On today’s Tech Bytes podcast, sponsored by Aruba, we talk with Scott Shaw, Chief Technology Officer at FordHarrison about his SD-WAN deployment. With Aruba EdgeConnect appliances at each office, Shaw was able to decommission legacy Cisco routers, simplify day-to-day management and troubleshooting, and boost productivity by ensuring high-quality voice and application performance.
In addition, the Aruba EdgeConnect platform was instrumental in supporting the firm’s switch to remote work during the pandemic.
We also discuss how moving to SD-WAN saved money by enabling the firm to phase out expensive MPLS circuits in favor of DIA and business broadband connections, which also eliminated downtime caused by circuit outages.
Monitoring Remote Access VPN Performance With ThousandEyes (Sponsored)
IT professionals are working hard right now to support remote users. The performance question for remote work is always huge: when performance takes a dive, where does the blame lie? It’s easy to point the finger at the VPN itself, but is it correct? What about all the intermediary links and services between the end user and the application?
On today’s Tech Bytes podcast, we talk with sponsor ThousandEyes about monitoring remote access VPNs to get a clearer picture of connectivity and performance issues. Our guest is Alex Cruz Farmer, Principal Product Manager at ThousandEyes.
* How VPNs can hamper visibility
* Remote access issues that interfere with troubleshooting
* ThousandEyes’ end user monitoring capabilities
* Getting visibility into the underlay
VPN Monitoring for a Remote Workforce – ThousandEyes on-demand Webinar
End User Monitoring – ThousandEyes
InterBank Invests In Aruba EdgeConnect To Speed Branch Performance (Sponsored)
Today’s Tech Bytes podcast, sponsored by Aruba, dives into an SD-WAN deployment with InterBank. InterBank is a commercial lender that operates in more than 40 locations in Texas and Oklahoma in the United States. The bank faced limited connectivity options at rural branches, as well as routine fiber cuts. The result was slows applications and inconsistent voice quality
Our guest is Daniel Ruhl, Senior VP and Director of IT at InterBank. He turned to Aruba’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform to bond MPLS connections with broadband at each branch to improve the quality of experience while also retiring legacy infrastructure.
* Connectivity challenges at rural sites including poor performance and single points of failure
* Working with partner CDW to find the best SD-WAN solution
* Rolling out Aruba EdgeConnect appliances to branch locations and retiring older routers
* Performance and security improvements
MSSP Partners With Fortinet To Deliver Secure SD-WAN (Sponsored)
Today’s Tech Bytes podcast from the Packet Pushers is a conversation with Node4, a managed security service provider that’s deploying and operating Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN for its customers. Fortinet is our sponsor.
Our guest from Node4 is Glenn Akester, Lead Network Services Architect.
* Why Node4 partnered with Fortinet
* Integrating networking and security in Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN
* Customer requirements, including cloud migration, visibility, and improved performance
* A customer use case
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN
Get Your Arms Around Network Changes With Infoblox's NetMRI (Sponsored)
Today’s Tech Bytes podcast, sponsored by Infoblox, explores NetMRI, a network management tool with a variety of capabilities including device discovery and network topology mapping, configuration monitoring, change management, and more.
Our guests are Ingmar Van Glabbeek, Senior Product Manager at Infoblox; and Adam Fox, Solution Architect at Empowered Networks.
* NetMRI’s capabilities including configuration management, change control, and policy compliance
* Leveraging NetMRI for automation
* How it’s deployed
* New features for SDN and SD-WAN
NetMRI – Infoblox
@infoblox – Infoblox on Twitter
Ingmar Van Glabbeek on LinkedIn
NetMRI Network Automation – Infoblox via YouTube
NetMRI Basics – What is Infoblox and How Does It Help Customers? – Infoblox via YouTube
NMHS Delivers World-Class Health Services Through Infoblox With Better Network Visibility, Automation and Control (Case Study) – Infoblox
Aruba Fabric Composer Automates And Orchestrates Leaf-Spine Network Provisioning (Sponsored)
Today’s Tech Bytes dives into the Aruba Fabric Composer. This is data center software that can automate the provisioning of your network underlay and overlay, plus other nifty capabilities for orchestration, visibility, and troubleshooting.
Aruba Networks is our sponsor. Our guest is Simon McCormack, Senior Manager, Product Management, at Aruba Networks.
* Fabric Composer basics
* Time-saving features, including provisioning the underlay and overlay
* Integration with VMware, Nutanix
* Detecting vSAN workloads and applying QoS automatically
* Getting data center visibility
Aruba Fabric Composer – Aruba Networks
Aruba Fabric Composer (solution overview) – Aruba Networks
IDC Research:Modernizing Datacenter and Edge Networks for Cloud-Era Centers of Data – IDC (PDF)
Golden State Warriors partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to drive connected experiences for Chase Center – HPE
Network switches for enterprise – Aruba Networks
Introducing Aruba ESP – Aruba Networks (Video)
Deploying a Spine/Leaf VXLAN/EVPN Fabric with NetEdit (validated reference design guide) – Aruba Networks (Whitepaper)
VSX Configuration Best Practices for Aruba CX Switches – Aruba Networks (Whitepaper)
Want To Get Started? (contact sales) – Aruba Networks