Aruba Networks today (4 December 2012) announced a new wireless LAN platform that addresses the explosion of mobile applications and devices challenging enterprise networks, while dramatically reducing enterprise IT costs.
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, the company claims.
Deep packet inspection
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 says it is the only WLAN provider to integrate deep application information with the ability to take action in real time to improve application performance.
Aruba believes its products is particularly needed now as IT managers are being faced with the task of managing a 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 situation is only going to get worse, according to ABI Research, which says that over nine billion Wi-Fi enabled devices have been shipped since 20091, while Gartner predicts mobile application downloads are expected to hit 310 billion by 20162.
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 real 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.
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.
Next-generation platform supports 802.11ac
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% 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.
Pricing and availability
The Aruba 7200 Series Mobility Controllers, which include three models – the 7210, 7220 and 7240 – are available now, with prices starting at £12,746.