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Gulftainer deploys wireless network for new HQ

Wireless network based on Aruba solutions to serve headquarters

Gulftainer deploys wireless network for new HQ
Gulftainer has a new wireless network for its Sharjah HQ.

Gulftainer, the largest, privately owned, independent port management company in the world, has installed a new wireless network at its new headquarters in Sharjah, UAE using access points, a mobility controller and access management systems from Aruba Networks.

The company deployed the new network once it moved headquarters, to replace an existing piecemeal network solution that had been gradually extended over the years to accommodate an increase in staff requirements due to significant growth.

Last month the company announced a new network based on Cisco switching and routing solutions, with support services, which is intended to provide maximum uptime, high redundancy, high throughput, rapid deployment, enhanced access, and automated operations.

Alpha Data Company completed the implementation of the Aruba Enterprise Wireless LAN solution and Aruba ClearPass Access Management solution.

The company selected the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System to manage network policies, deploy AAA services, configure and secure personal devices, connect guest users and assess device health.

The wireless network also includes an Aruba 7030 Cloud Services Controller and over 45 Access Points. The Gulftainer IT team can now centrally support over 160 daily wireless users with an average throughput between 144mbps and 270mbps. Users can now also connect to the network anywhere in the office via a single SSID.

The company plans to extend across Gulftainer's three UAE operational sites.

"We adopt a ‘best in class' approach and leverage the most appropriate solution for each aspect of our IT infrastructure. Aruba's solution has been seamlessly integrated into our multi-vendor environment," said Vinay Sharma, Group IT Manager, Gulftainer. "Thanks to the Aruba solution, we have seen a 15% reduction in our IT Service Desk ticket volume and are also closer to our goal of achieving ISO 27000 certification."

"At Aruba, we do not consider ourselves a product company but rather a solution provider - we see our customers as partners, truly understand their network challenges and then work with them to find a solution that will add real value to the business. This project with Gulftainer not only gave us the opportunity to partner with one of the leading port management companies in the region but more importantly gave us the opportunity to help them realize their target of becoming an all wireless workspace," added Zeeshan Hadi, Territory Manager at Aruba Networks.

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