INMARSAT SELECTS ARUBA TO REPLACE EXISTING WIRELESS LAN.Inmarsat has selected Aruba Wireless Networks to replace its existing Wireless LAN A local area network that transmits over the air typically in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz unlicensed frequency band. It does not require line of sight between sender and receiver. Wireless base stations (access points) are wired to an Ethernet network and transmit a radio frequency over an area (WLAN See wireless LAN.
WLAN - wireless local area network ). Aruba's centralized WLAN switching system will provide seamless mobile computing Using a computing device while in transit. Mobile computing implies wireless transmission, but wireless transmission does not necessarily imply mobile computing. Fixed wireless applications use satellites, radio systems and lasers to transmit between permanent objects such as buildings capabilities for 400 Inmarsat employees throughout its London Headquarters and global branch offices in Europe, the Middle East and North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .
Inmarsat has used 802.11b wireless technology since 1999. It is undertaking a system-wide migration to a centralized architecture from Aruba to increase the performance, security and ongoing management of its entire wireless network.
"The decision to migrate to a centrally switched 802.11a network after four years was primarily driven by a desire for increased performance and to avoid RF interference from other networks," said Peter Smith, head of IT at Inmarsat. "We detected at least 10 other wireless networks in the immediate vicinity of our London office and in order to avoid any potential interference issues we have decided to move to the less-common 802.11a standard. This move also gave us the boost in performance we desired -- from 11Mbps to 54Mbps."
Inmarsat was supplied with a total of seven stackable switches including three Aruba 2400s and four Aruba 800s. Forty centrally configured "thin" APs will provide network access as well as performing RF monitoring functions.
"The Aruba system also allows us to more easily manage and better secure the network from a single physical location, providing a full view and complete control over authenticated users, and guest, security and access policies," added Smith.
Inmarsat tested a range of systems before selecting Aruba. Tests included interoperability with existing WLAN, applications, operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. , firewall and VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks. systems. The Aruba switch allows users to access the corporate network securely from home, partner sites or Wi-Fi hotspots enabling a truly mobile workforce.
"We know that with the Aruba kit, we are making a flexible long-term investment," added Peter. "The kit has been extensively tested with our current systems, but is also future proofed to support new standards of security and applications such as voice."
"Inmarsat was a pioneer in large scale WLAN installations and we are delighted to announce they have chosen to upgrade with Aruba. The idea that fast and secure wireless networking See wireless network. is a utility in the modern office environment is an excellent sign for the future of this company's approach to WLAN," said Albert Benhamou, vice president EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Refers to that region of the world. For example, one might see products packaged differently for the UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific markets. at Aruba Wireless Networks. "Aruba's suite of secure, centrally-controlled WLAN switching solutions, provides ease of access for users while retaining comprehensive management features for IT staff."
Inmarsat Ltd has more than 25 years' experience in designing, implementing and operating satellite networks. The company owns and operates a unique global mobile satellite network with a portfolio of mobile satellite solutions, including voice, fax, intranet and Internet access See how to access the Internet. and other data services. At the end of February 2004, approximately 300,000 terminals were registered to access Inmarsat Ltd's services, of which over 60% were active in the previous 12 months. Inmarsat Ltd is also supported by partners in the fields of equipment manufacture, software provision and systems integration. The company delivers its communications solutions through a worldwide network of approximately 400 distributors and service providers to end users in the maritime, land and aeronautical aer·o·nau·tic also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
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Inmarsat can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.inmarsat.com/.
About Aruba Wireless Networks
Aruba Wireless Networks develops and markets centralized systems that enable corporations to secure their networks from the dual threats of Wi-Fi and mobility. Aruba's solution consists of a full range of programmable security platforms designed to securely connect mobile users and mobile devices to corporate applications. Aruba is privately-held and has operations in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Europe, Asia Pacific and India and employs staff around the world. Aruba has received over $59 million in the three rounds of venture funding from top-tier venture firms -- Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and WK Technology Fund.
Aruba Wireless Networks can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.arubanetworks.com/.
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