Aruba upgrades Wi-Fi at Anantara’s Desert Islands resort
Network solutions specialist tweaks APs at Abu Dhabi-based luxury hotel for gigabit connectivity
Hospitality group Anantara has enlisted Aruba Networks to outfit the hotelier's Abu Dhabi-based Desert Islands Resort & Spa with an upgraded wireless network using Aruba's 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution.
According to Aruba, the upgraded network has enabled the hotel to provide gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity to guests and allowed staff to "utilise a host of business-critical applications with greater ease".
"Although we had a legacy system in place to offer our guests Wi-Fi speeds of up to 2Mbps, we wanted to deliver a standardised quality of service across all our properties," said Harikumar Nair, director, Information Technology, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Abu Dhabi.
"Besides catering to the high-speed connectivity demands of its guests, Desert Islands also needed a robust Wi-Fi network that could support back-end systems and the bandwidth-hungry applications that were being used by the operations team to do their jobs more efficiently.
"We had already made strategic investments in our wired network infrastructure. However we were unable to achieve optimal performance across the network because of the performance restrictions arising from the wireless portion."
Graeme Kane, sales manager, Hospitality, Aruba Networks said, "To remain competitive, hotels in the region need to leverage a smarter, adaptive wireless network infrastructure that delivers stable, simple, smart, secure Wi-Fi access to thousands of devices at a time and supports mobile collaboration for staff. By installing the latest wireless network technologies from Aruba Networks, Anantara has demonstrated its leadership in providing an exceptional mobile experience for its guests and employees."
Anantara used a mix of Wi-Fi access points (APs) to cover the guest rooms and 802.11ac indoor and outdoor APs to cover public areas. To manage all of the APs across the property, Anantara's IT team made use of Aruba's 7210 Mobility Controller, which is optimised for 802.11ac.
Aruba's patented ClientMatch technology in the Mobility Controller is designed to eliminate sticky clients by continuously gathering session performance metrics from mobile devices and using the information to intelligently steer each end-point to the closest AP and best radio on the WLAN.