HPE Aruba Networking’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN Solutions – Industry Leader in the CRN 2023 Annual Report Card (ARC) Award

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In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, a reliable and efficient network is essential for businesses to thrive. However, as applications move to the cloud and remote work becomes more prevalent, traditional router-based network architectures are struggling to keep up. This not only impacts performance but also poses significant security risks. In response to these challenges, HPE Aruba Networking has developed its EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions, which have recently been recognized as industry leaders in the CRN 2023 Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards.

The CRN ARC Awards: Recognizing Excellence

The CRN ARC Awards, conducted by The Channel Company, acknowledge companies that offer top-tier products and partner programs to solution providers in the channel. In this year’s survey, over 3,300 solution providers in North America evaluated 68 vendor partners across four critical criteria: product innovation, support, partnership, and managed cloud services. HPE Aruba Networking’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions achieved a remarkable feat by sweeping the SD-WAN category.

The EdgeConnect SD-WAN Advantage

So, what sets HPE Aruba Networking‘s EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions apart from the competition? Here are the key advantages that make them a standout choice:

  1. Improved Performance: EdgeConnect SD-WAN ensures reliable connectivity in branch offices by combining various links, including MPLS, internet, and 5G. It employs techniques such as Path Conditioning to mitigate the effects of dropped packets, ensuring performance similar to private-line connections over internet links. This minimizes the dependency on costly MPLS, ultimately reducing costs. The solution also dynamically selects the best path for each application, relying on real-time traffic observations, WAN, and cloud data.
  2. Multi-Cloud-Ready: In an era where multi-cloud environments are increasingly prevalent, EdgeConnect SD-WAN intelligently routes application traffic to the cloud based on predefined business and security policies. It eliminates the need to backhaul all cloud-bound traffic to data centers, ensuring direct and efficient routing. This solution offers end-to-end connectivity to major cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and Google Cloud, enhancing performance and security in multi-cloud networking.
  3. Reduced Complexity and Enhanced Security: EdgeConnect SD-WAN simplifies branch office networking by replacing not only traditional routers but also legacy firewalls. It includes a built-in next-generation firewall with advanced security capabilities such as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and IDS/IPS (Intrusion Detection and Prevention). This consolidation reduces hardware footprint and minimizes configuration errors, making network management more efficient.
  4. Enhanced IoT Security: With the proliferation of IoT devices, security challenges have intensified. EdgeConnect SD-WAN, combined with HPE Aruba Networking’s ClearPass Policy Manager, enforces a Zero Trust architecture. It dynamically segments the network based on user roles and identity, isolating unsecured IoT traffic from critical applications, thus ensuring a higher level of security.
  5. Faster Journey to SASE: EdgeConnect SD-WAN is a crucial component of HPE Aruba Networking’s unified SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) platform. It seamlessly integrates with HPE Aruba Networking SSE (Security Service Edge), which includes advanced security solutions like ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Architecture), SWG (Secure Web Gateway), and CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker). This integration streamlines the adoption of SASE, offering a secure access solution for remote workers and enhanced protection for corporate data in cloud applications.

The EdgeConnect SD-WAN Product Portfolio

HPE Aruba Networking‘s EdgeConnect SD-WAN portfolio provides three distinct onramps to the SD-WAN fabric:

  1. EdgeConnect SD-WAN: Ideal for creating a secure and high-performance SD-WAN edge at branch offices.
  2. EdgeConnect SD-Branch: This solution consolidates networking components across WLAN, LAN, and SD-WAN for maximum integration.
  3. EdgeConnect Microbranch: Designed for micro-branches or remote work-from-home locations, utilizing a range of remote access points.


In a digital world that demands agility, security, and efficiency, HPE Aruba Networking‘s EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions offer a compelling solution. Recognized as industry leaders in the CRN 2023 ARC Awards, these solutions provide superior performance, multi-cloud readiness, simplified network management, enhanced IoT security, and a seamless path to SASE adoption. To learn more about how HPE Aruba Networking’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions can empower your network, visit Router-switch.com┬átoday. Your network’s future awaits.

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