Founded in 2002, Aruba Networks is the leading provider of next-generation access management, network infrastructure and mobility application solutions for mobile enterprise networks. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Aruba has offices throughout the Americas, Asia-Pacific/Japan and Europe/Middle East/Africa regions.
ARUBA MOBILE FIRST – NETWORKS
We are in the midst of a massive transition away from networking technologies that were designed for the 20th century when mobile, IoT and cloud did not exist. The surge in mobile and IoT means that the wired and wireless network must deliver more than just connectivity—the network is expected to provide actionable insights about the use of mobile and IoT to justify future investments, so that businesses can adopt new technologies and serve the needs of GenMobile—while keeping the network secure and without breaking the budget. Aruba Mobile First Networks are optimized for today’s enterprise and SMB environments where mobile and IoT are pervasive.
ARUBA MOBILE FIRST – PLATFORM
Aruba Mobile First Platform is the software layer between the Aruba network infrastructure and is designed to share rich, contextual insights with third party business, IT and end user facing applications.
NETWORK CONTROLS: ARUBAOS
The most important part of the Mobile First Platform is ArubaOS 8.0. It is designed to primarily support enterprise wireless connectivity with hitless failover, in-service upgrades, and more. It can be deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance to manage controller-based wireless LANs, significantly easing the consumption model. ArubaOS 8.0 is developer-ready and can share contextual information about mobile and IoT devices via its northbound API.
NETWORK MANAGEMENT: ARUBA AIRWAVE
With Aruba AirWave, you can centrally manage controller-based and controllers wireless networks and generations of wired networks from just about any vendor. With granular visibility on mobile device and app health, AirWave lets IT operations focus on proactively optimizing performance and heading off problems before they occur.
POLICY MANAGEMENT: ARUBA CLEARPASS
Policy management for mobile and IoT are delivered via Aruba ClearPass across any wired or wireless multi-vendor network. ClearPass replaces outdated legacy AAA with context-aware policies. It easily integrates with cloud-based IT applications and security services and shares contextual policy information, thanks to the new ClearPass Extensions.
CLOUD NETWORKING: ARUBA CENTRAL
Aruba Central manages, monitors and secures wired, Wi-Fi and wide area networks from the public cloud. Thanks to its multi-tenant operation, it enables Aruba resellers and end users to support multiple disparate networks from a single location. With the introduction of app visibility reporting, predictive monitoring, and Wi-Fi analytics capabilities, it offers increased flexibility in adopting the Aruba Mobile First Networks infrastructure within the distributed enterprise.
LOCATION-BASED SERVICES: ARUBA MERIDIAN
Aruba Meridian enables location-based services powered by Aruba Beacons. With wayfinding built into your Meridian-powered mobile app and Aruba Beacon hardware, you can guide guests with real-time, indoor navigation to nearby amenities, products or points of interest. Location sharing among the users of a mobile app can now also be powered by Meridian — improving GenMobile’s experience at a public venue or at work.
NETWORK ANALYTICS: ANALYTICS AND LOCATION ENGINE (ALE)
With Meridian, business leaders can get access to beacon powered presence analytics and success rate of pre-defined goals. The new Meridian Goals brings a greater level of insights about user engagement, going beyond simple monitoring of beacon analytics for dwell times at a specific location. Better insights for developers means increased usability for mobile users and more impactful engagement campaigns
ARUBA MOBILE FIRST – BENEFITS
Many companies today are looking for ways to save money. With a wireless solution from Aruba Networks, we can help your business save time and money. Enterprise wireless networking is no where near what you get when you purchase a wireless router for you home office. Aruba Networks is the leader in enterprise-class wireless networking, they have built the product form the ground up with one goal in mind: to be the best wireless solution available.
Enterprise Networks Solutions has years of wireless experience with other vendors such as Cisco, Colubris, and Meru. We decided to drop the other vendors and focus on the best of breed, which is Aruba Networks wireless. The performance, simplicity and low cost make this a no brainer for IT Directors, CIO’s, and CTO’s. More than 6,500 of the largest global organizations have chosen Aruba for their wireless LAN solution. Many were spending heavily on wired LAN infrastructure until they discovered the performance and cost benefits of an Aruba wireless solution. Now they can do more with less.
Many IT organizations are facing budget cuts of 20% or more this year, yet they must still address users’ growing demand for better performance and more connectivity. The only way for IT to free up funds to enhance their network infrastructure is to significantly reduce costs elsewhere in the network access layer.
The wired LAN has been the source of some of the most excessive spending on infrastructure. Until recently, it was common to install 2 to 4 wired ports for every user, backed up by large multi-port switches and miles of cabling.
For an organization with 1,000 users that was 4,000 ports, 4,000 cable drops, a boxcar of switches and untold maintenance fees. While spending on wired connectivity is inherently inefficient, IT has lacked credible alternatives. Until now.
A lot has changed in recent years. The growth and diversity of clients as well as the types of applications and traffic being generated meant wireless standards needed to evolve to keep pace. Latency sensitive voice and video traffic are sharing airspace with IoT devices that are sending small data packets – which will slow down a wireless network. To solve this problem, wireless networks need to provide a more efficient way to handle this growing and diverse amount of traffic as well as bandwidth needs.
A new standard called 802.11ax was published in early 2018 and was recently renamed Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance. One of its main focus is to enhance the efficiency of how access points handle devices simultaneously. It’s no longer about comparing Wi-Fi speeds; it’s more about the capacity of the network to provide the optimal throughput for all clients.
This latest standard addresses today’s biggest Wi-Fi challenges: performance and the increasing density of devices and diversity of applications. To handle these challenges, 802.11ax increases throughput capacity by up to four times that of 802.11ac. Additional improvements include the ability to use both the 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) and 5GHz bands for a number of use cases.
Unique to Aruba Wireless LANs is the use of contextual data. Aruba WLANs profile user identity, device type, application usage, location and time-of-day to enforce policies that meet the toughest compliance requirements.
For more information about Aruba Networks wireless solutions contact one of Enterprise Networks Solutions account executives at (480) 505-1111.