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  • 26 June 2019 13:03

City of Whittlesea embarks on cost-saving transformation adopting Aruba SD-WAN

• City of Whittlesea is the first city council in Australia to deploy Aruba SD-WAN • The solution enables effective management of more branch locations with less resource and, significantly reduces the council’s operational costs • Aruba SD-WAN will enable fast deployment of new permanent and pop-up sites

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 26 June 2019: The City of Whittlesea has partnered with Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to become the first Australian city council to deploy Aruba SD-WAN, optimising connectivity across 15 branch offices whilst significantly lowering costs, streamlining IT resource and providing greater flexibility in setting up new locations.

Aruba SD-WAN enables City of Whittlesea’s infrastructure team to deploy, configure and manage both WLAN and WAN traffic across multiple branch sites, from small offices to community activity centres and libraries, all from a single pane of glass.

The solution has removed the constraints of City of Whittlesea’s costly legacy connectivity technologies to provide a flexible network that enhances branch visibility, management and control. This has optimised operations for their lean infrastructure team, allowing them to effectively manage more branch locations with fewer resources and reduce operational costs.

David Holt, Team Leader Network Operations at City of Whittlesea said: “Aruba SD-WAN has solved our branch visibility and operation limitations, reducing the time it takes our infrastructure team to deploy and manage our 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. 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”, said Holt.

With Aruba SD-WAN, the council can now connect all branch locations to the head office network, and at the same time have both corporate and public access to council services available at those sites. The solution also gives the City of Whittlesea new flexibility, allowing the council to quickly and easily add new locations, both permanent and temporary. For example, branch gateways can now be deployed at the touch of a button at pop-up community events.

Anthony Smith, Director, Aruba South Pacific, said: “We are proud to deploy Aruba’s first city council SD-WAN solution, delivering increased visibility and control, enabling City of Whittlesea to reduce its operational costs and benefit from an agile network.

“A key feature that attracts our customers to Aruba SD-WAN is the cost savings that it delivers – moving networks to lower-cost links and improving the visibility and management of branch traffic. This greater visibility of devices and network traffic inside City of Whittlesea’s branch office locations means the council can now easily troubleshoot the source of issues affecting the WAN and branch level networks.

“Our SD-WAN solution helps our customers to do more with less and we’re delighted to have helped the City of Whittlesea improve its network efficiency and reduce its operational costs in this way.

“We look forward to supporting City of Whittlesea’s dedicated infrastructure team as they deploy the solution across the council’s activity centres, leisure centres and offices, simplifying WAN routing and enhancing the council’s network performance to improve end-user experience for staff and constituents.”

The Aruba SD-WAN deployment is part of City of Whittlesea’s wider digital transformation project to enable a mobile-friendly workforce and offer constituents digital services, such as free, public Wi-Fi.

“Our inherited connectivity solution was both costly and not robust enough to support our digital transformation project,” said Holt. “With a newly empowered mobile workforce spread across multiple branch locations we needed a flexible WAN management solution that could consistently enforce policies across our city council sites and give us greater visibility of traffic. With IT resource focussed on rolling out our digital transformation activity it was also important for us to have a solution that would streamline our team’s resource and time spent managing network traffic.”

With the support of Aruba SD-WAN, the city council now has deeper application visibility into its WAN traffic, allowing the infrastructure team to better understand, route and control traffic. This utilises bandwidth more efficiently and streamlines network management for the team. The solution is currently being tested across six sites at City of Whittlesea, with positive feedback already received from staff on improved connectivity, speed and performance of the network. The solution will be rolled out to a further nine sites in the next two months.

Aruba SD-WAN sits within the City of Whittlesea’s existing Aruba infrastructure, which, once complete, will include 100 Aruba access points, 15 branch gateways, two data centres and cloud management platform, Aruba Central.


About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

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