Aruba Sharpens Cloud, Mobility Story With New Architecture

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Aruba Networks has launched a new architecture that the company said will help companies leverage the cloud and mobility as the traditional LAN begins to dissolve.

"User expectation is that they can get to information wherever they are, wherever they connect," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba CTO and co-founder. "It's time to rethink the LAN."

According to Melkote, the rise of public and private cloud computing infrastructures and the massive increase in the number of mobile devices are creating challenging new opportunities for solution providers and businesses. To take advantage of the shift from Ethernet port-centric networks to mobility- and cloud-centric networks, Aruba on Tuesday launched the MOVE (Mobile Virtual Enterprise) architecture, which offers context-aware networking.

Melkote said Aruba Mobility Network Services are delivered centrally from the data center across thin mobility access "on-ramps" and MOVE gives organizations a way to enable mobility and a path to move away from legacy networks.

"The Aruba MOVE architecture is designed for mobility first, addressing the needs of the increasingly mobile workforce and the organizations that support them," said Jeff Gardner, CEO of Carousel Industries, in a statement.

First up is the Mobile Device Access Control (MDAC) Solution for Apple iOS devices, like the iPhone and Apple iPad. According to Aruba, the MDAC targets the recent phenomenon of users bringing in their own devices for work. The software offers zero-touch, secure provisioning for Apple iOS devices, leveraging Aruba's recently acquired Amigopod for self-registration of mobile devices, automated certificate installation on iOS devices and automated authorization of users. The MDAC can scale to 10,000 concurrent sessions while Amigopod enables integration of corporate branding for captive portals.

Another new feature, Mobile Device Fingerprinting, enables the network to identify and monitor Apple iOS and other mobile device platforms.

Aruba also launched ArubaOS 6.1 Mobility Services, the heart of the MOVE architecture, which enables the development, deployment and enforcement of a single set of network services for managing security, policy and network performance for every user and device on the network, regardless of what type of access they have. The Mobility Services are centrally deployed and use private or public cloud-based management.


Next: Aruba Launch New Products To Get Cloud And Mobility On The MOVE

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