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Unified mobile wireless networking management

Aruba Networks : 12 January, 2010  (New Product)
Wireless Management Suite 7 from Aruba Networks provides greater unification for the management of wireless, wired and mobile connected networks into one package to cater for the mobile workforce's networking requirements whilst still retaining security and control
Aruba Networks has announced Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7, a major extension of its award-winning operations solution that integrates the management of wireless networks, wired infrastructure, and client devices into a single interface. As increasingly mobile enterprise users connect to networks from more locations, using a wider variety of devices than ever before, IT organisations have struggled with the proliferation of vendor-specific, single-purpose management tools need to support these networks. Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 solves this problem by providing a single point of visibility and control for the entire network edge, including wired and wireless infrastructure as well as individual client devices. In so doing, Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 reduces the cost and complexity of network management, while improving service quality for users.

"The requirements and expectations of the mobile worker, and the tools used by him or her, are now the same as for the wired worker in terms of reliability, latency, predictability, and availability of real-time data," said Abner Germanow, IDC's Director of Enterprise Communications Infrastructure. "As WLAN deployments attain levels of reliability and control that rival wired networks, IDC expects a broader set of applications to be driven to wireless networks. Wireless performance then becomes mission-critical, and IT organisations need to assume control over all of the components that drive service quality, including wired infrastructure and client devices. "

'If a problem interferes with one of our mission-critical applications, our users don't care whether the cause is the device's firmware, the wireless AP's signal or a down switch - they just want it fixed,' said Greg Catalano, Senior Network Engineer at Boise Inc. 'With its new wired infrastructure and mobile device management capabilities, Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 delivers the type of user-centric management that meets our users' needs and aligns with our goal of driving down IT support costs.'

Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 significantly enhances the capabilities of Aruba's award-winning Aruba Wireless Management Suite by incorporating the following new features:

* New Aruba Wireless Management Suite Mobile Device Manager (MDM) module: Provides over-the-air management of business-critical devices ranging from handheld devices to self-service kiosks to wireless printers - saving time and money while improving service quality.

* Wired infrastructure management: The Aruba Management Platform now manages edge switches from Cisco and HP to provide integrated wired and wireless management. AMP can map upstream relationships between APs, controllers, and switches enabling root-cause analysis for scenarios such as a down AP - accelerating time to problem resolution.

* Improvements to open architecture: XML API eases integration between Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 and the rest of the IT operations infrastructure. The use of open standards makes valuable data accessible to virtually any application developer without specialised knowledge of the Aruba Wireless Management Suite platform.

* Customisable user interface and dashboards: Aruba Wireless Management Suite administrators can create customised views for specific roles, such as service desk personnel or executives, so that each person sees the information that is most useful. Users can also create and save customised reports and incorporate report components in their personalised dashboards.

* Support for state-of-the-art wireless infrastructure: Includes support for Aruba's newest products and management capabilities.

The growing reliance on mobile devices in retail, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, and other industries has made mobile device management an essential task. The powerful monitoring, diagnostic, and Help Desk features of Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 can expedite the detection and resolution of network and device problems, maximising device up-time.

"Honeywell's Dolphin Series of rugged mobile computers increase enterprise productivity and efficiency, especially when coupled with a robust wireless LAN and flexible device management," said Mark Schmidt, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility's Director of Strategic Marketing. "Our mobile computers are certified interoperable with Aruba's Wi-Fi networks, which provide access to business-critical applications anywhere a user roams. And now with Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7, our Windows Mobile devices can be managed, monitored, updated, and even remotely rebooted via the same console that manages the Wi-Fi network. The end result is reduced complexity and lower overhead for the IT staff."

"The Aruba Wireless Management Suite module offers a unique value proposition because it provides remote management of both Datamax-O'Neil wired and wireless printers without requiring any printer-resident agent software," said Endre Vargha, Vice President of Research & Engineering for Datamax-O'Neil. "Partnering with Aruba provides another avenue to help our customers reduce the cost of deploying and supporting our industry-leading commercial printer solutions."

Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 can be delivered as software, on an appliance, or using the recently announced software as a service (SaaS) model. "Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 combines the functions of multiple tools from different manufacturers into one powerful, easy-to-use solution," said Bryan Wargo, General Manager of Aruba's AMP Solutions group. "It truly stands alone in its ability to integrate wireless, wired and device management."

Aruba Wireless Management Suite 7 is currently undergoing customer field tests and is scheduled to be shipping in March 2010. For additional information please visit our Web site.
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