By: Eve-Marie Lanza, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Aruba.\n\nRemote \u201cwork from anywhere\u201d models are now not only possible but quite desirable. When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the global economy in early 2020, these models became increasingly prevalent. Since then, work from home (WFH) has become a critical part of many organizations.\n\nRemote work adoption shows no signs of slowing. A survey conducted by PwC revealed that a large majority, 83% of employers surveyed in late 2020, said the shift to remote work had proved to be successful for their respective businesses. Meanwhile, more than half of employees have come to expect remote work opportunities at least part time. \n\nMany employees, having experienced long stretches of remote or home-work setups, are eager to maintain some workplace flexibility\u2014and employers are taking notice. Organizations are now seeking efficient ways to make permanent remote work sustainable.\n\nIT responds to remote work preferences \n\nThe now inevitable long-term shift to regular remote work is creating challenges for IT network architectures and management. IT teams now must provide connectivity, security, and support to remote locations that are on par with the on-campus experience. However, that can be difficult for a variety of reasons.\n\nReimagined home-office networking solutions \n\nFor IT teams considering how to normalize network architectures for permanent remote and hybrid work, here are key questions to keep in mind while evaluating potential work-from-home IT solutions:\n\nWork from home with the EdgeConnect Microbranch solution\n\nBuilding on Aruba remote access point (RAP) technology, EdgeConnect Microbranch provides organizations with a massively scalable way to power remote work at home, in small satellite offices, and even temporary locations. EdgeConnect Microbranch leverages the cloud-native Aruba Central network management solution and any Aruba Wi-Fi access point\u2014no gateway, agent, or appliance is required at the remote site.\n\nEdgeConnect Microbranch builds on existing cloud-managed Wi-Fi capabilities like zero-touch provisioning and role-based access control with services such as intelligent policy-based routing; dynamic tunnel and route orchestration; enhanced WAN troubleshooting tools; and SASE integration, all available through the AI-powered Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP). \n\nIT teams can now experience greater control and visibility into the remote network, without the additional overhead of multiple pieces of on-premises hardware or appliances. IT can optimize the remote network to ensure that off-site employees experience the same quality of service and access to resources as they do on campus, all while protecting against security threats that won\u2019t interfere with remote worker productivity.\n\nLearn more about EdgeConnect Microbranch on the Aruba Work From Home solutions web page.