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The Aruba AirMesh portfolio was designed from the ground up to be deployed in a wide variety of outdoor network scenarios, including delivery of data, voice and high-definition (HD) video at oil and gas fields, mining operations, utility management and transportation facilities. Local government uses include municipal wireless deployments and public safety applications such as video surveillance, mobile data transmission and disaster recovery. Its intelligent multi-radio design, with dual- and quad-radio 802.11n MIMO platforms, enables massive capacity (up to 300 Mbps per radio), interference mitigation and sustained throughput over multiple network hops and uses Layer-3 routing capabilities.

"Aruba has always been focused on enabling mobility," said Greg Murphy, vice president of Outdoor Mesh Networking for Aruba. "The AirMesh multiservice 802.11n outdoor network portfolio helps ensure that users have reliable coverage and high quality of experience with video, voice and data applications, regardless of their location and even in extremely harsh environments. What was interesting to us was that that the security network that operated separately is now more and more combined with the IT network, and we wanted to take advantage of this and enable mobility," he said. Each software-configurable radio can function as a mesh backhaul link or access point (AP) that operates in multiple frequencies.

With integrators and resellers in mind

Also newly announced, the Aruba 3D Outdoor Coverage Planning Tool (see photo above) gives Aruba customers and partners an effective way to plan and visualize their Aruba AirMesh deployments in 3D, with detailed predictions for signal strength at both ends of link, as well as upstream and downstream throughput and channel-specific displays. Multi-colored graphs generated by the planning tool clearly show client coverage, client throughput, elevation profile and other deployment attributes.

The recent and exponential growth of enterprise mobility has fundamentally changed requirements for how these networks are built and operated. To help companies meet new challenges resulting from the rapid onslaught of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices these shifts, and to facilitate the evolution from Ethernet port-centric to mobility-centric access networks, Aruba Networks also unveiled its Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture. Aruba MOVE provides context-aware networking for the post-PC era. Aruba Mobility Network Services are delivered centrally from the data center across thin mobility access "on-ramps." With Aruba MOVE, IT organizations have a purpose-built but flexible solution for enabling mobility, and a clear path to shift expensive investments away from legacy wired access networks.

Mobile device access control

Providing easy, secure network access to facilitate the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) phenomenon is one of today's most significant IT pain points. Aruba addresses this with the introduction of Mobile Device Access Control (MDAC). This solution is designed for zero-touch, secure provisioning of Apple iOS mobile devices. Recently acquired Aruba Amigopod enables self-registration of mobile devices, automated certificate installation on iOS devices and automated authorization of users. Scalable up to 10,000 concurrent sessions, Amigopod also enables seamless integration of corporate branding for captive portals and is fully interoperable with multi-vendor networks.

"Overall, our goal was to enable organizations to take control over their mobility strategies and mobility access," said Ozer Dondurmacioglu, manager, Product Marketing, adding that this product suite was driven by smartphones and people using more mobile devices.

At the heart of Aruba's MOVE architecture, ArubaOS Mobility Services enable the development, deployment and enforcement of a single set of network services that manage security, policy and network performance for every user and device on the network, regardless of access type. ArubaOS Mobility Services are centrally deployed, with private or public cloud-based management.