HPE-owned networking company Aruba announced a new business-grade Wi-Fi solution for small businesses. The HPE OfficeConnect OC20 is designed as a cost-effective wireless solution for businesses without dedicated IT resources. With OC20, small businesses and their channel partners can rapidly deploy and manage Wi-Fi for small businesses across all vertical industries.
The 2015 e-book, the Appification of Small Business, by Intuit Developer reported that 43% of small business owners use smartphones over Wi-Fi as the primary device to run their operations, while 65% conduct bookkeeping and accounting on cloud-based apps. This creates a need for reliable, ubiquitous wireless connectivity. However, small businesses tend to have limited IT resources, said Aruba.
The new HPE OfficeConnect OC20 offers small businesses an intuitive and cost-effective solution that is simple to manage without technical expertise. Reseller can now offer small business customers a fast, business-grade Wi-Fi solution that keeps their employees connected and productive.
“Small and medium businesses are a critical growth engine for economies in Southeast Asia. With the OC20, SMEs can focus on their business goals and increasing productivity with the knowledge that they have a strong network infrastructure in place,” said Justin Chiah, director and general manager (SEA and Taiwan), Aruba.
The OC20 intelligently optimises wireless coverage and performance while minimising interference. Its built-in website filtering can block access to malicious websites as well as inappropriate or non-compliant websites.
Businesses or their resellers can configure and monitor the network remotely via a mobile app. New OC20 Access Points (AP) can join the network as the businesses expand. They can copy their configuration settings from a previously configured OC20 AP.
OC20 can create a separate guest network with a choice of open guess access, simple password sign-in or Facebook Wi-Fi log-in, and add the company logo for a branded Wi-Fi experience.
Aruba also offers the OfficeConnect 1920S switch which secures and extends small business networks. This can also be monitored by the OfficeConnect mobile app.