Integrating wireless

Wireless vendor Trapeze Networks and switch player Enterasys Networks have announced a strategic alliance that will allow Enterasys to integrate Trapeze technology into new products.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  May 10, 2005

Wireless vendor Trapeze Networks and switch player Enterasys Networks have announced a strategic alliance that will allow Enterasys to integrate Trapeze technology into newly developed products. The joint development efforts are designed to bring increased reliability and security for wireless applications to enterprise customers. This vendors says the new system will combine Trapeze’s WLAN security and network management capabilities with Enterasys’ Secure Networks solutions for Acceptable Use Policy and Dynamic Intrusion Response. The companies hope the result will be network wide policy-based security – integrated across wireless and wired domains – and driven by a centralised management system. “Enterasys sees wireless connectivity as a key application for the overall enterprise network, not as a separate network,” says Prabhu Kavi, director of wireless product management for Enterasys. “Organisations demand network-wide security solutions that ensure business continuity and protect vital data from threats and unauthorised access, and that is what we deliver. We chose to work with Trapeze because its innovative wireless capabilities complement our overall Secure Networks solutions that deliver proven security and management capabilities across both wired and wireless networks and provide the complete network-level integration customers require,” he adds. This partnership also affirms the Open Access Point Initiative (OAPI), which enables third-party APs to be supported and managed by Trapeze’s WLAN technology. In this case Trapeze and Enterasys worked together to enable Enterasys APs to leverage the complete feature set of the Mobility System Software, which Enterasys integrated in its WLAN switches. “This new partnership confirms the strength of Trapeze’s software architecture,” says Ahmet Tuncay, vice president of business development at Trapeze Networks. “We are porting our software to a totally new environment and delivering a completely new kind of system. We can drive customer value by delivering innovation through our partners,” he adds.

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