Aruba Introduces Products To Enable Mobile Edge

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 24, 2005

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.

The Mobile Edge architecture securely connects mobile workers to enterprise VoIP and data networks from any location around the globe. 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.

Aruba’s new products and capabilities include, the AP-65, a portable enterprise access point that provides all the benefits of a secure, centrally-controlled corporate WLAN in a small, easy-to-carry package and site-to-site VPN capabilities that enable the use of Aruba mobility controllers in branch offices as the exclusive secure wired/wireless networking system.

xSec is a new Layer 2 (L2) security protocol for securing wired LAN communications. xSec delivers centralized 802.1x authentication and 256-bit AES encryption between wired desktop computers and the mobility controllers without requiring any LAN switch upgrades to 802.1x. This allows enterprises to non-disruptively introduce 802.1x-based security in their wired networks, leaving their existing network infrastructure and design untouched.

In addition, distributed WLAN capabilities that allow guest traffic to be directly forwarded to the Internet while corporate voice and data traffic can continue to be secured on the central mobility controller.

Besides, ArubaOS 2.5 provides local bridging capabilities on the second Ethernet port of the AP-70 hybrid wired/wireless access point, allowing small, Internet connected remote office locations to deploy the AP-70 as the unified device for secure wired and wireless connectivity. Printers and other local resources can be accessed without sending the traffic back to the central mobility controller.

“The Mobile Edge represents the kind of sweeping change historically seen about once a decade in the computing and networking industry, similar to the move from mainframes to minis and then PCs or the evolution from LANs to global IP networks and the Internet,” said Don LeBeau, President and CEO of Aruba Networks.

“Based on the economic benefits alone, many CIOs are interested in implementing an all-wireless edge for the enterprise network. But beyond the economic motivation, they see mobility and mobile applications changing the way enterprise networks can be used to create a competitive advantage for their businesses,” he added.

With Aruba’s new site-to-site VPN capabilities, remote and branch offices can continuously be connected to headquarters via secure VPN tunnels.

With ArubaOS 2.5, all Aruba APs can support distributed WLANs with distributed encryption and forwarding. Aruba can simultaneously support centralized and distributed WLANs on the same AP, allowing enterprises to retain the security of centralized WLANs for corporate voice and data traffic while delivering the flexibility of a distributed WLAN for remote office deployment scenarios.

This capability allows enterprises to provision guest access safely at remote locations by directly forwarding guest traffic to the internet without bringing it back to the corporate location.

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