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The 1980s television series Max Headroom featured a journalist who bore a heavy camera on his shoulder everywhere and could not imagine life without it. This journalist was a prototype for nearly all of us today. The dependence on networked devices extends to our workplaces, including remote geographic locations where connectivity is spotty. 

Modern corporations deal with the demands of always-connected workers through a large stack of hardware and software technologies. For instance, to guarantee connectivity, they sign contracts with multiple Internet and cellular providers, and perhaps even lease dedicated fiber between facilities.  For security, they create Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), require encrypted connections, and implement single sign-on. Put together, all these requirements add a lot of administrative work and complexity. 

But modern routers can simplify some of these tasks. As routers grow in compute power, they have started to handle functions that were formerly performed in software on the end nodes, notably encryption. The routers can set up flows and direct packets on established connections with minimal processing. On the other hand, some routers evolve in the other direction, moving functions into software to allow major changes in policies. This trend called software defined networking (SDN) or network functions virtualization (NFV), gives customers many more options. 

The routers from ZPE Systems exemplify the new services that routers are adding, and the integration of all these high-availability and security features into convenient packages. In Deploying, Maintaining, and Maximizing Branch & Edge Networking, you will learn how ZPE Systems’ Nodegrid products work with a range of networks and standard features such as TLS security to simplify networking in remote office/branch office (ROBO) settings. An example of how Nodegrid can work on several levels to tie offices together is shown in Figure 1. 

Figure 1: The entire Nodegrid SR family in a mobile office/remote office multi-site layout

Nodegrid simplifies the use of multiple network providers and out-of-band (OOB) software exchanges. It consolidates all the user registration and other network-wide security through Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) services. And it provides a centralized place for managements so that your remote workers don’t need expensive, highly trained network personnel. 

Inside the Guide

Gorilla Guides make learning and discovery approachable and easy, and they take the guesswork out of navigating complicated IT technologies. Written by an industry expert, and brought to you by ZPE Systems, this resource is packed full of trusted information about how to centralize administration of the complex networking and security needs of modern corporations.

Download the book and learn all about:

  • The approach of ZPE Systems’ Nodegrid routers to the connectivity and security needs of modern, geographically distributed organizations
  • How Nodegrid simplifies administration, including software installations and upgrades, throughout th distributed corporation
  • The importance of out-of-band management (OOBM) and how Nodegrid supports it
  • How Nodegrid centralizes device administration and thereby supports edge computing

Table of Contents

Introduction: Remote Access and Management Revolutionize ROBO

Chapter 1: Deploying to the Branch

  • Cloud-Based Deployment
  • Get Better ROBO Management Today

Chapter 2: Maintaining Branch Deployments

  • The Role of OOBM in the Branch
  • Benefits of Cloud-Based Maintenance
  • Working Through Routine Maintenance
  • Many Means of (Remote) Access to the Branch

Chapter 3: Optimizing Branch Deployments

  • Nodegrid, ZPE Cloud, and SR Devices
  • Typical Branch Requirements
  • Putting SD-Branch in Place
  • Best Remote Deployment and IT Practices
  • Making the Most of ZPE Cloud

Chapter 4: Branch Out-of-Band Management Is Deployed: Now What?

  • Understanding SD-Branch
  • Putting SASE to Work
  • Nodegrid Delivers a Ready-to-Run SASE
  • Platform
  • Seeing Is Believing

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About the Authors

Ed Tittel is a long-time computing industry writer and consultant. A contributor to more than 100 computing books, and many, many articles, blogs, and other materials, Ed writes and posts regularly online. His areas of expertise include networking, cybersecurity, Windows OSes, markup languages, and Web development.

After dropping out of a liberal arts college that focused on reading and discussing the “Great Books,” Becky Elliott found her way to a career in IT. For 20-plus years, she has held a number of roles in dev and ops, and the area in between the two. In working for organizations in which poor security practices can cost lives, she’s an ardent believer in integrating security through the entire design process. Becky holds a number of industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About ZPE Systems

ZPE Systems frees enterprises from today’s networking challenges. Cumbersome environments, frequent downtime, and inefficient management are no match for ZPE Systems’ Nodegrid, a vendor-neutral platform that lays the groundwork for open networking. Created by visionary engineers, Nodegrid’s patented hardware & software empower companies to transform their networks into business value creators.

ZPE collaborates with best-in-class technology partners, to add value by integrating with SD-WAN, firewall, IoT, and other solutions. The world’s top companies trust ZPE Systems to provide advanced out-of-band management, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) platforms, and SD-Branch networking.

Based in Fremont, California, and with offices in Ireland, India, and Brazil, ZPE Systems is ready to help enterprises take the work out of networking. Visit the ZPE Systems website to explore Nodegrid.

Download your copy of The Gorilla Guide to Deploying, Maintaining, and Maximizing Branch & Edge Networking today!