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Airwave ondemand network management and monitoring

Aruba Networks : 29 October, 2009  (New Product)
Aruba beings Multi-vendor Wireless LAN management into the cloud with the SaaS Airwave OnDemand product
Aruba Networks has announced the release of AirWave OnDemand (AoD), an enterprise-class network management and monitoring solution, deployed using the software as a service (SaaS) model. The subscription-based service, housed at a secure Aruba data centre, uses dedicated, virtual instances of Aruba's award-winning multi-vendor AirWave Wireless Management Suite (AWMS) to remotely manage and monitor enterprise wireless LANs. The full suite of AWMS features, including multi-vendor network management, is available through AoD. Subscribers can monitor and change wireless LAN settings, generate compliance reports, locate users and Wi-Fi devices, and diagnose problems from any Internet connection.

Like other SaaS applications, AoD does away with the expense of installing and operating servers and managing software. It also provides new business opportunities to service providers and resellers by allowing them to build managed wireless LAN services on top of AoD.

"Aruba's announcement of AirWave OnDemand catches a big IT wave and rides it in an exciting new direction," said Craig Mathias, a principal with the mobile and wireless advisory firm Farpoint Group. "Cloud services, virtualisation, and the Web redefine best practices when it comes to so many areas of IT, and now to wireless LAN management. AirWave OnDemand allows organisations of any size to obtain the benefits of an enterprise-class network management solution at a practical price point."

"We required the ability to rapidly field our wireless tabletop Ziosk payment and entertainment devices in restaurants around the country," said Viren Balar, CTO of TableTop Media. "AirWave OnDemand has been the perfect solution for us because it's easy to use and provides the comprehensive operations management we need without any upfront expense. This solution fits well for small to medium sized businesses with wireless devices to manage."

AirWave OnDemand offers users the same enterprise-class management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities as AWMS but on a subscription basis:

- Network management and monitoring of devices from more than 15 different vendors including Aruba, Cisco, HP, and Motorola;
- Extensive status and reporting including Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance-assistance reports;
- Location services to track the position and movement of wireless devices;
- Network and device diagnostics and performance assessment;
- Comprehensive Help Desk support;
- Wired and wireless rogue detection;
- Wireless intrusion detection.

The service supports compatible Fat APs and controller-based wireless LANs. Subscriptions are available on a monthly or annual basis, and a reseller program is available for those wishing to remarket AoD-based services.

"AoD was built from the ground up to make it simpler and less costly to deploy, maintain, and monitor a wireless LAN," said Bryan Wargo, General Manager of Aruba's AirWave group. "The service is user friendly and very easy to learn. An automated sign-up process launches the subscription, and the cost of support is built into the subscription fee. No other cloud-based management or monitoring service comes close to matching the convenience, features, or flexibility we've built into AoD."

The AoD service is in early customer deployment phase and will be generally available starting in December 2009.
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