Aruba Networks, Inc. today announced a new wireless LAN platform that addresses the explosion of mobile applications and devices challenging enterprise networks, while dramatically reducing enterprise IT costs.
According to ABI Research, over nine billion Wi-Fi enabled devices have been shipped since 20091, and Gartner predicts mobile application downloads are expected to hit 310 billion by 20162. Faced with this massive increase in devices and applications, including the demand from users to connect their own personal devices, IT managers must ensure that their network infrastructure delivers top-notch performance and quality for business applications.
The Aruba 7200 Series with new Aruba AppRF technology is the only wireless LAN platform with the integrated application intelligence and controls to optimise application delivery, resulting in 11x better performance compared to existing solutions. To accomplish this, Aruba AppRF software, which runs on the 7200 mobility controller uses Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) for Layer 7 insight to identify application traffic. Then, using Airtime Fairness, QoS and integrated control of RF characteristics on the access points, the controller optimises over-the-air performance for each application type and user profile. Aruba is the only WLAN provider to integrate deep application information with the ability to take action in real time to improve application performance.
Aruba AppRF technology gives enterprises integrated visibility into and control over both traditional server-based applications, as well as cloud-based and web-based mobile applications such as supply chain management, Box, GoToMeeting, Salesforce.com and more. Using a simple dashboard in the controller interface and in Aruba Airwave management software, Aruba AppRF gives IT unprecedented insight into individual user traffic streams for troubleshooting, long term planning, and real time prioritisation.
In competitive testing, the Aruba 7200 Series powered by AppRF completed a download from the cloud-based storage service, Box.com, in 12 seconds; this was 11x faster than the 129 seconds required to complete the download using a comparable Wi-Fi solution.
“With the amazing advances we’ve seen in recent years in wireless-LAN architecture, radio technology, price/performance, and management, it’s no wonder that WLANs have achieved the role of primary access almost everywhere,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Aruba’s announcement of the 7200 Series is a powerful indication that a shift in focus from wireless technologies and architectures alone to enhanced application performance is now well underway, giving network managers and users everywhere the assurance they seek that the wireless LAN will continue to meet their needs for capacity, reliability, and productivity, and with continually-improving price/performance.”
Industry-leading Innovations Drive Improved Economics
The Aruba 7200 Series helps enterprises drive down the costs of their networking infrastructure, “rightsizing” their networks and migrating to an all-wireless environment. With the 7200 Series’ improved scalability and high availability, enterprises can reduce the number of wired ports and their associated maintenance costs, resulting in a network that is less expensive to manage and maintain and saves on energy costs. In addition, the 7200 Series’ ability to assure high quality and performance for voice, video and Unified Communications (UC) applications like Microsoft Lync means that enterprises can eliminate desktop phones, IP PBX support, expensive video and audio equipment, dedicated videoconferencing systems, and all of the support contracts that come with this equipment. With 75% better quality for Microsoft Lync as compared to an equivalent Wi-Fi network, Aruba controllers offer the highest performing, most reliable solution in the industry to support always-on communications.
Managing a growing base of users, devices and applications, while containing costs, is a critical issue for many organisations. The University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, has a large wireless deployment with more than 3500 access points (APs) and 13 controllers, and is currently evaluating Aruba’s new 7220 mobility controller.
“As we continue to move toward pervasive wireless coverage across campus, we are looking for ways to upgrade and scale the network to support our 46,000 users including students, faculty and staff,” said Colleen Szymanik, senior network engineer, University of Pennsylvania. “The 7220 will allow us the flexibility to reduce rack space and power, and use fewer controllers as we expand our coverage. Based on our beta testing, we plan to replace four of our controllers with the new platform for better scalability.”
Next-Generation Platform Supports 802.11ac, Delivers Significant Increases in Device Density
In addition to its superior level of integrated application awareness, the 7200 Series incorporates the following key features:
- 802.11ac-Ready Platform for Better Throughput: According to ABI Research, 70 percent of smartphones will ship with the new 802.11ac standard by 20153. The Aruba 7200 Series is optimised for 802.11ac, delivering 5x more throughput than competitive solutions, making it the ideal platform for enterprises as they plan their transition to 802.11ac. The 7200 Series is designed to handle the increased frequency of authentication, background updates and roaming events for smartphones and tablets.
- Mobile device density: The 7200 Series also delivers 40Gbps stateful firewall and encryption capabilities – resulting in a 4x increase in capacity over previous generations of WLAN platforms. With this sharp increase in capacity, the 7200 Series can support up to 32,000 devices – 5x the density of competing solutions.
“Today’s IT departments are faced with the challenge of providing better access to deal with onslaught of mobile applications – all while working within the confines of a typically tight budget,” said Chris Kozup, senior director, EMEA marketing at Aruba Networks. “Aruba is helping these customers address their requirements with a wireless LAN platform that not only delivers improved ‘speeds and feeds’, but offers true insight into and control of application performance. With these industry-leading levels of visibility, enterprises can experience significant cost benefits as well as redirect their investments from traditional wired equipment, desk phones and expensive video equipment to an all-wireless model.”