Aruba Networks introduces 802.11ac solution
Offering aimed at ‘next-generation workplace’
Mobile network access solutions specialist Aruba Networks today announced its flagship 802.11ac solution, claiming an industry first in the delivery of "gigabit Wi-Fi combined with the device density and application intelligence required by today's Wi-Fi networks".
Enterprise IT departments are challenged by the overwhelming number of devices connecting to their networks, as well as increasing device density, both of which can lead to inadequate Wi-Fi capacity, Aruba argued. IT administrators face the issue of "sticky" clients or devices that do not automatically connect to and stay connected to the best access point, resulting in slower speeds and inconsistent and unreliable connections.
Aruba's 802.11ac solution seeks to solve such density, performance and reliability issues. Aruba ClientMatch technology is designed to ensure "sticky" clients are always connected to the best possible access point as they roam within the Aruba wireless LAN thereby delivering "predictable" performance for all mobile devices.
Aruba's WLAN solution incorporates capabilities for managing real-time UCC applications such as Microsoft Lync. It enables the extraction of call quality data from Microsoft's new Lync Diagnostics API and combines it with network status data. Monitored data includes R-value, jitter, delay, packet loss, Wi-Fi access point -to-controller packet loss, caller/callee identity mapping to MAC and IP address, call status, voice or video call type, and client sessions active at time of call. The result is intended to be priority handling, end-to-end call visibility, faster root-cause fault identification, and a better overall user experience.