The branch office plays an important role in an organization's ability to attract, service, and retain customers and increase revenue. Branch office employees–the face of the corporation–can significantly impact customer satisfaction and loyalty; particularly if supported by safe, dependable, and fast access to the corporate knowledge base (people, resources, and information); and to the productivity enhancing tools in which the organization has invested. In addition, with today's increasing security vulnerabilities, branch office networks must be protected by comprehensive security policies and enforcement to help ensure business continuity.
Despite the critical nature of the branch office, legacy infrastructures often impede customer service with slow, unreliable access to information and applications. Poor WAN performance can prompt employees to store data locally, preventing it from being backed up and putting the business and regulatory compliance at risk if a local device fails. The high cost of running a branch also prevents most organizations from maintaining a local IT staff; so branch office employees must manage and troubleshoot systems, decreasing productivity, and taking the focus off the customer.
Many branch offices were built in isolation and may lack the interoperability needed to cost-effectively support business activities and growth. They are further shackled by a complex mixture of legacy network infrastructures that are expensive to expand and maintain. At a time when competitive requirements include the implementation of new services such as mobility and unified communications–as well as rapid access with enhanced security to applications and services–businesses struggle to efficiently scale, manage, and secure their networks. The trend to data center consolidation and remote employee access to hosted applications is forcing employees to compete for resources across the WAN and compelling organizations to rethink their strategic approach to the branch office.
The HP FlexBranch office networking solution converges infrastructure and network applications to dramatically improve performance, simplify deployments, centralize management and reduce IT costs. The FlexBranch solution is a component in the HP FlexNetwork, an end-to-end enterprise network infrastructure, which optimizes the network for secure, reliable, high performance application delivery, and a foundation for converged infrastructure for the extended enterprise.
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HP Unified Management
HP provides a single "pane of glass," for network management with a view of the entire end-to-end network. HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) delivers integrated and modular network management capabilities for advanced, heterogeneous enterprise networks.
With HP FlexFabric as the blueprint for a data center interconnect built to deliver predictable performance, high availability, and security, built on products and technologies that offer scalability, cutting-edge features, energy efficiency, and reduced complexity. HP offers networking that is tightly integrated with a server, storage, and management-integrated Converged Infrastructure.
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Best of breed network applications from AllianceONE technology partners, integrated within HP's open platform delivers choice and business agility while reducing IT footprint.
HP delivers comprehensive security from firewalls, and VPNs at the perimeter and interior protection with threat management, access control, and wired and wireless IPS.
HP integrates network connectivity and network applications can drastically improve the branch office user experience. This integrated solution also helps you reduce footprint, save energy and improve remote manageability. The entire solution is modular, secure and centrally managed, while improving application service delivery.
Accelerated Application Delivery
Integrated WAN acceleration from Riverbed unshackles branch users from slow application access. It improves video delivery, speeds backup of data, disaster recovery, remote desktop upgrades, IT patch deployment and other service delivery.
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Branch office networks: guided tour
Converge branch office network infrastructure and deliver best-of-breed network applications that simplify deployments, centralize management, improve productivity and reduce costs.
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