aruba extends enterprise networks to mobile users with new follow-me security and enterprise fmc solutions
Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in secure mobility solutions, today announced two new software products that afford mobile users the same phone and secure network access they enjoy at work when they are away from the office. The new Mobile Access Point software provides enterprise connectivity and follow-me security by enabling role-based user access controls, stateful firewall and split-tunneling in any Aruba access point into which it is loaded. In addition, the unique HotelConnect™ feature enables road warriors to access hotel Internet connections using dual-mode phones, PDAs, and other devices that would otherwise be blocked by the hotel’s billing system. The new Mobile Voice Continuity software heralds the third phase of Aruba’s enterprise FMC program that was launched last year. Without requiring IP PBX upgrades or partnerships with cellular carriers, the Mobile Voice Continuity software automatically manages the hand-off of data and phone calls between Aruba’s wireless LAN and a cellular network. Taken together these powerful new tools securely connect mobile voice, data, and video users anywhere they travel.
“The trend in networking is to bring infrastructure and applications to the user,” said Rachna Ahlawat, a research director at Gartner. “New location-based technology prompted follow-me Internet services, and new tracking technology spawned find-me call redirect offerings. Follow-me security and follow-me calling are logical evolutions of developments in these industries.”
Aruba’s mobility solutions associate security and access policies with individual users instead of ports, allowing security to follow users instead of forcing users to connect to the network through specific ports. Carrying this follow-me security concept forward, the policies enforced by the new Mobile Access Point firewall mirror those enforced by the corporate Aruba Mobility Controller. If multiple users connect to an access point equipped with Mobile Access Point software, each user will be managed separately, consistent with policies established at the corporate office.
Travelers to hotels and other locations regulated by captive portals have previously been unable to use Wi-Fi enabled dual-mode telephones, PDAs, or other non-PC devices to connect to the portal-protected network. Access points loaded with Mobile Access Point software remedy this situation by registering with the portal and allowing any authorized device to be used just as it would in the corporate office - for data access, to send and receive voice-over-IP telephone calls, for streaming video delivery, and for Skype and video conference calls. To optimize local traffic flow, the software’s split-tunneling feature directs only corporate traffic back to the Mobility Controller, while Internet access and printer traffic remain local.
The new enterprise FMC Mobile Voice Continuity software provides seamless data and voice call hand-offs between an Aruba wireless LAN and a cellular network. The software runs on an Aruba Mobility Controller and works with a standard SIP-based IP PBX to bridge calls between networks without any intervention by the user. Calls that originate on a Wi-Fi enabled phone are registered with the Mobility Controller and then completed by the IP PBX. Aruba algorithms detect when a user is roaming off-site and automatically initiate a cellular call to the user via the IP PBX. An Aruba client on the phone silently answers the call and the Mobility Controller bridges the call and terminates the Wi-Fi connection. When a user roams into the enterprise the Mobility Controller, in concert with the IP PBX, transfers the call to the wireless LAN and terminates the cellular call.
FMC is the next big change coming to enterprise networking, and is designed to benefit companies whose staff travel extensively by reducing cellular roaming costs and increasing productivity,” said Khalid Laban, Sales Director for Aruba Middle East. “Aruba’s eFMC solution stands out because it is tightly integrated with the wireless network and existing SIP-based IP PBX, and does not require additional new infrastructure. Those features make it very cost effective and easy to deploy.”
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About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks provides an enterprise mobility solution that enables secure access to data, voice and video applications across wireless and wireline enterprise networks. The Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture allows end-users to roam to different locations within an enterprise campus or office building, as well as to remote locations such as branch and home offices, while maintaining secure and consistent access to all of their network resources. Using the Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture, IT departments can manage user-based network access and enforce application delivery policies from a single integrated point of control in a consistent manner. Aruba’s user-centric enterprise mobility solution integrates the ArubaOS operating system, optional value-added software modules, a centralized mobility management system, high-performance programmable mobility controllers, and wired and wireless access points. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Aruba has operations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and employs staff around the world. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com.
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