How to create a secure and connected hybrid workplace in 4 steps


Aruba ESP powers the hybrid workplace with built-in network intelligence and cloud-native capabilities to keep workers safe and productive.


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Going to the office every day was once the norm. The global pandemic changed all of that, suddenly forcing companies to support thousands of employees working from home. 


The workplace experience needed to be extended in a secure way, while maintaining great application performance for remote workers.


To reach the new normal - or even new standard - of seamlessly and securely enabling your employees to move back and forth from the home and the office, VLCM turns to Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) - the industry’s original AI-powered, cloud-native architecture designed to automate, unify, and protect the Edge. Here’s how ESP can help you achieve a hybrid workplace in four steps: 


1. Extend the network to the home


At VLCM it’s our goal to unload as much IT burden as possible off of our customers. To easily - and securely - extend the network to your employees’ homes, Aruba Networks has made this process easy pie. 


Here’s how it works. IT ships an AP to the employee’s home; the employee plugs it in, downloads a configuration from the cloud, and they’re all set. 


To ensure IT gets full visibility and network security - you’ll get access to a centrally managed access credentials map to corporate policies. You’ll also have AIOps assisted troubleshooting from anywhere. If you’re looking for methods the extend Zero Trust and SASE frameworks to the home office - Aruba ESP is your answer. 


2. Reinforce in-office social distancing

As employees return to the office, it’s important for facilities to be able to modify floorplans based on foot traffic or to change cleaning schedules based on density. 


With Aruba WLAN’s built-In network intelligence and location-aware capabilities, it’s easy to use density mapping to keep the workplace safe.


3. Minimize risk with contact tracing

Aruba’s network-based approach uses both proximity and location telemetry to perform contact and location tracing, and the advanced AI capabilities ensure pinpoint accuracy so you’re able to see which people intersected and the exact location of the interaction. 


Here’s how it works: 

  • As users move through the workplace, Aruba APs listen for users, Wi-Fi devices, or Bluetooth tags.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) location data is taken in and analyzed, then displayed in a cloud-based dashboard.
  • Once HR is notified that someone is sick, they can easily sort contacts by the total contact minutes with each person.
  • Locations can be traced with dwell times at each AP pinpointing the exact locations for the sick person. Heat mapping can also help identify hot spots where people congregate, helping to optimize space usage and cleaning schedules.


4. Consume As-a-Service


It’s now more important than ever to keep financial flexibility top of mind. 

HPE GreenLake for Aruba's network-as-a-service options allows you to respond to rapidly changing business requirements, manage tight budgets, and easily deploy the latest networking technologies.


Aruba also offers great options for IT departments that are short on network expertise. Intelligent Operations - an optional service for HPE GreenLake and Aruba customers - offloads day-to-day network monitoring, administration, and operations to Aruba. It also mitigates reactive processes that ensure your Aruba technology is operating optimally and enables your staff to focus on more strategic initiatives. 


To wrap things up, Aruba ESP can not only create a secure and seamless hybrid workplace but can help your keep your employees healthy at the office. By combining the technology principles of AIOps, Zero Trust Security, and a Unified Infrastructure, Aruba ESP can help you capitalize on opportunities at the Edge—improving business agility, building new revenue streams, and creating compelling experiences that delight customers and employees.


VLCM is the 2020 Aruba West Region Partner of the Year, for achievements within areas of sales, expertise in delivering Aruba solutions, and commitment to customer service.

 To learn more about how Aruba can better secure your business, get in touch with one of our VLCM representatives at