Aruba Networks Extends WLANs for Reliable Mobile Apps

Aruba Networks Inc. is extending the reach of its wireless LANs (WLANs) to bring enterprises always-on access to mobile apps. The ArubaOS 6.1.3.4 for Aruba mobility controllers provides high performance and minimum downtime for mobile networks to support real-time data, voice and video using mobile devices.

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wifi_byod_02Aruba Networks Inc. is extending the reach of its wireless LANs (WLANs) to bring enterprises always-on access to mobile apps. The ArubaOS 6.1.3.4 for Aruba mobility controllers provides high performance and minimum downtime for mobile networks to support real-time data, voice and video using mobile devices. 

As enterprises move to allow more mobile devices to access networks, the less bandwidth each user has available. This, in turn, means Wi-Fi connections can get dropped and data can’t be transferred, according to Aruba Networks’ CTO Keerti Melkote.  Enterprise IT also needs to be able to recover quickly in the event of a network failure.

“Aruba recognizes that the most important measure of WLAN resiliency is uninterrupted access to clients and applications,” Melkote said in a statement. “Today’s mobility networks must accommodate the huge influx of mobile devices on the network, as well as the real-time voice and video applications that are now part of most users’ daily interactions.”

Aruba enterprise-grade 802.11n APs deliver secure, high-performance Wi-Fi access to a variety of indoor and outdoor WLANs. These APs support multiple operating modes and can be deployed as Instant APs in self-managed clusters or centrally managed by Mobility Controllers. Under the covers, Arubu can deep packet inspection and signature matching techniques identify and prioritize mission-critical mobile apps that run on mobile devices. For enterprise-critical BYOD (bring your own device), enterprise apps take priority over personal apps like iCloud – resulting in predictable Wi-Fi performance for everyone, even in high-density client environments, he added.

Traditional wireless LAN solutions, It can take up to 60 seconds for a single access point to recover with traditional wireless LANs, which results in downtime for users and higher maintenance costs for the enterprise.  In contrast, Aruba’s WLAN, networks can recover up to seven times faster than alternatives, allowing video conference calls stay connected if the network goes down.  Aruba’s latest release ensures that clients and apps such as Microsoft Lync, Apple FaceTime, unicast and multicast video work without interruption.

ArubaOS is the operating system and application engine for all Aruba Mobility Controllers and wireless LAN (WLAN) access devices. ArubaOS’s architecture is designed for scalable performance using three core components.

  • A hardened, multicore, multithreaded supervisory kernel manages administration, authentication, logging and other system operation functions.
  • An embedded real-time operating system powers dedicated packet-processing hardware, implementing all routing, switching and firewall functions.
  • A programmable encryption/decryption engine built on dedicated hardware delivers client-to-core encryption for wireless user data traffic and software VPN clients.
  • ArubaOS also sports capabilities to optimize Wi-Fi client behavior and ensure access points stay clear of interference, and protects wired network resources from wireless threats, 

Melkote said the new software along with Aruba’s existing wireless LAN portfolio provide the performance and resiliency enterprises need for mobility.




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