Wireless networks come in many forms, but very few of them are truly enterprise class. Starting today, Aruba Networks wants to redefine the way businesses provide wireless services.
Aruba today unveiled the Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks architecture, which provides IT organizations with the ability to invoke various triggers in response to certain events. As part of that effort, Aruba is also making available five new applications, ranging from support for a single sign-on capability to a ClearPass Exchange that makes use of RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate Aruba wireless networks with a variety of mobile applications.
Aruba has also developed a next-generation firewall designed to better secure mobile applications—a capability that allows users to share the same screen when needed—and a new dashboard that makes it easier to manage unified communications applications.
Robert Fenstermacher, director of product and solutions marketing at Aruba, says that as organizations become savvier about mobile computing in general, they need wireless networks that can provide access to a broader range of intelligent services. In fact, despite recent economic challenges, a recent survey conducted by Aruba found that most people would still sacrifice salary in exchange for increased flexibility enabled by mobile computing devices.
It’s hard to say when most organizations will require wireless networks capable of providing access to more sophisticated services. But given the rapid growth of mobile computing across the enterprise, it’s really only a matter of time.