Aruba to Enable the Mobile Edge

Aruba Networks has introduced new access points and a software update to its ArubaOS Mobility Software to enable the deployment of the company’s newly announced Mobile Edge architecture. Aruba says their Mobile Edge architecture securely connects mobile workers to enterprise VoIP and data networks from any location around the globe and solves today’s IT challenges around mobility, security, and convergence. The newly announced APs extend the enterprise WLAN to remote locations, creating secure corporate hotspots that follow the user. New capabilities in ArubaOS 2.5 simplify the deployment of remote and branch office networks with unified security solutions for wired and wireless LANs.

“Laptops and other mobile devices moved computing beyond the confines of the corporate office, yet the corporate network has been left behind,” said Keerti Melkote, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Aruba Networks. “With Aruba’s new Mobile Edge products, the corporate network is able to follow mobile workers wherever they go. The Mobile Edge delivers secure voice and data access and an easy to use, consistent user experience-in the office, at home, and on the road.”

Aruba’s new products and capabilities include:

– The AP-65, a portable enterprise access point allowing road warriors to create temporary corporate hotspots at any location with an available Internet-connected Ethernet port. The AP-65 provides all the benefits of a secure, centrally-controlled corporate WLAN in a small, easy-to-carry package.

– The AP-41, a low-cost enterprise access point designed for telecommuters and executives to extend the corporate WLAN to their home offices. As with the AP-65, no additional corporate networking devices need to be installed in the home office to deploy the AP-41. A secure corporate hotspot is instantly created in the home simply by plugging the AP into any Ethernet connection on the home network.

– Site-to-site VPN capabilities that enable the use of Aruba mobility controllers in branch offices as the exclusive secure wired/wireless networking system. Branch office mobility controllers, such as the Aruba 800 and Aruba 2400, can connect to Aruba mobility controllers or 3rd Party VPN concentrators at the central site.