Aruba VIA refers to Aruba Virtual Intranet Access solution for establishing a virtual private network connection. VIA has two primary purposes:
- To provide secure corporate access to employee laptops and smart-phones from anywhere
- To provide ease-of-use for the end users and network administrators
The ease-of-use is what differentiates VIA from other VPN Virtual Private Network. VPN enables secure access to a corporate network when located remotely. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security, and management policies of the private network. This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two. solutions. VIA offers a zero-touch end-user experience and removes the complexity that is associated with configuring VPN clients on end-user devices. VIA not only provides ease-of-use for end users but also simplifies configuration and management for the IT team.
The VIA client that is available for Microsoft Windows computers (Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7), Apple Mac OS X, and Apple iOS devices is a hybrid Internet Protocol Security (IPsec Internet Protocol security. IPsec is a protocol suite for secure IP communications that authenticates and encrypts each IP packet in a communication session.)/ Secure Sockets Layer (SSL Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is a computer networking protocol for securing connections between network application clients and servers over the Internet.) VPN client. If the user is connected to an untrusted network, the VIA client scans network connections and automatically establishes a secure connection back to the corporate network. Some additional features include Content Security Services (CSS), single-logon, SSL fallback when IPsec is blocked, and the ability to configure Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection.) settings using the supplicant provided by the operating system.
- To configure an Aruba VIA solution, complete the following tasks :