Enterprise Wi-Fi supplier Aruba Networks today unveiled a new Wi-Fi architecture called Mobility-Defined Networks, which it claims will help businesses cut their wires completely and enable the move to an all-wireless workplace.
Several of the software improvements — all free to existing customers — are designed to help IT managers optimize their oversight of Wi-Fi networks. All Aruba access points offer Adaptive Radio Management, integrated security, spectrum analysis and mesh features for campus-wide deployment.
Aruba’s architecture is actually a set of software tools for its existing access point and network controller hardware.
Aruba’s Clearpass is an auto sign-on that lets an employee use their Wi-Fi login to connect to the local network and automatically log into corporate applications. Instead of a single sign-on, which requires everyone to login manually, ClearPass with Auto Sign-On remembers your network login and automatically authenticates users.
ClientMatch is aware of every device connected to every AP and directs each one to a specific AP based on its connection needs.
Aruba AppRF continuously evaluates mobile app usage and performance and makes configuration adjustments in real-time. AirWave VisualRF lets you see wireless coverage as well as how devices and apps are performing on the network.
Devices connected to the network can share media over Wi-Fi, share their screens and stream media to one another.
Infonetics says almost 200,000 802.11ac access points shipped in 4Q13, a much faster ramp than 802.11n, thanks in part to the relatively small price premium of .11ac products. Notable market share gainers are Aerohive and Ubiquiti, who grew at 4 and 5 times the market in 2013, respectively, says Infonetics.