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Aruba on Tuesday also launched a new set of products it calls "on-ramps" to the MOVE architecture.
The new Aruba S3500 portfolio of Mobility Access Switches delivers mobility by inheriting policies from Aruba mobility controllers and enforces those policies locally in the wiring closet. The S3500 also features zero-touch configuration and simplified VLAN management, Melkote said. The S3500 comes in 24- or 48-port models, with or without support for PoE+. They can be deployed as an overlay to an existing switched infrastructure.
Aruba also unveiled the multifunction Aruba Access Point-134 and AP-135 for data rates up to 450 Mbps per-radio and support for multimedia applications like video. The AP-134 features two 3x3 MIMO dual-band 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radios with external interfaces for detachable antennas, while the AP-135 features the same radios with integrated antennas. MACSec authentication and encryption on the AP-134 and AP-135 enables secure one-to-one connection between the AP and the switch port in the wiring closet.
Lastly, the Aruba AP-175 offers outdoor 802.11n connectivity for rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio and featuring 2X2 MIMO dual-band 2.4-GHz/5-GHz radios with quad antenna interfaces. The AP-175 also provides wireless LAN access with background monitoring, wireless IPS and spectrum analysis, as well as Remote AP (RAP) functionality.
"The bottom line is, I see this fundamental shift as the most profound of the last 10 years," said Bob Bruce, VP of channel sales, adding that Aruba's new portfolio will help solution providers move customers off of legacy networking gear and into a next-generation wireless environment that ties back to the cloud and mobile solutions.
Additionally, it can open up a host of new services offerings for partners, including discovery, mobility assessments and more.
Bruce said Aruba is training partners and bringing them up to speed on new cloud computing and mobility models and will launch new services, like an order-tracking hotline, to get solution providers on board.
"This is a profound shift, and we're making sure the channel is prepared," he said.