About the Company
As a small district in Orange County, this municipal center has a large amount of archived data and files that are very sensitive material. What this means is that network security is very important. Traditionally, the district only used wired access for their computers, preventing unwanted intruders from accessing the critical files of the district.
The wired access only policy, although protective, was very outdated and created more financial burden from upkeep and IT staffing hours. This meant more time spent on sanctioning new computers every couple of years and re-installing hundreds of programs, ultimately wasting resources.
Additionally, the advancement of mobile technology with cell phones and tablets as well as the demand for wireless access from employees and guests continually grows. It was time that the district implemented a wireless solution and BYOD solution into their environment to keep up with the high demand.
Aruba Mobility and ClearPass Deployment
The first issue was getting some sort of wireless in the public areas of the municipal building. With the help of Aruba’s Instant AP’s, which does not require a controller to manage the network, the district was able to get internet access up and running within a couple of hours. Aruba’s Instant AP’s are perfect for low to medium density usage at a very economical price, especially since the user does not need a standalone wireless controller to manage the network. The district found its ease of use compelling during the proposal and quickly found out how convenient it was for the district’s IT team to manage it.
The next issue that needed to be overcome was security and AAA (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting) parameters to secure the network. This was in the most integral part of the proposal, because the district already had its own Active Directory server for its employees. Because of Aruba’s ClearPass, the districts current AD was easily integrated into ClearPass, thus automatically giving access to the network on employees’ personal devices based on roles. This security measurement allowed the IT team to spend less time whitelisting devices to give access because ClearPass did that work for them.
The district was so impressed with the solution that they are currently working with us to provide Mobility and ClearPass across the entire city’s public areas including libraries, bus stations, the civic center, and government offices.
“I am excited to be part of this new plan to provide wireless across the entire town. It is definitely something you thought would only happen in the movies.”
– Mike T. (Director)