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ARUBA UNVEILS END-TO-END WLAN SWITCHING FAMILY.

Aruba Wireless Networks has unveiled the first end-to-end wireless LAN (WLAN) switching family that gives enterprises complete control over deploying, securing and scaling large 802.11 (Wi-Fi) networks.

Aruba's new products include:

-- the Aruba 5000, the industry's first and only modular WLAN switch designed for structured wireless deployment in the enterprise,

-- the Aruba 800, a fixed configuration stackable WLAN switch for branch offices,

-- AirOS, the first suite of embedded WLAN switching applications that "lock" the enterprise airspace, self-calibrate 802.11 networks and track mobile users, and

-- the Aruba 50 access points (APs), the first dual-purpose APs that provide both user access and air monitoring

WLAN Switching Architecture for the Extended Enterprise

With 802.11 technology becoming so pervasive, the mobile enterprise user requires secure access to the enterprise network not only at the corporate headquarters but also in branch offices, Wi-Fi hotspots and the home office. Aruba's family of modular and stackable WLAN switches are expressly tailored to securely extend the enterprise network from wherever users want to connect.

Aruba's WLAN switching system uniquely combines sophisticated air traffic management, active user management, multi-layer security and advanced wireless switching services into a single, centralized system. With it, network managers now have a complete view of, and control over, their wireless environment to better manage, secure and automatically adapt to changes.

"I can't secure what I can't see, and I can't manage a wireless network from hundreds of isolated access points scattered around my campus," said Brad Noblet, director of Technical Services for Dartmouth College. "WLAN switching finally delivers the essential tools to build enterprise-class wireless LANs in a structured model that is well understood by anyone who has ever managed a wired Ethernet network."

Industrial Strength WLAN Switching with the Aruba 5000

The Aruba 5000 is the first and only modular WLAN switch in the industry. Unlike standalone WLAN switches, investment in an Aruba 5000 can be depreciated over 5 years due to its modular architecture and support for new standards and technologies can be easily provided with simple modular upgrades to the base switching system.

The Aruba 5000 is also the industry's most scalable and high performance WLAN switching platform available. It provides centralized control of Aruba and other third-party APs through 24, 48 or 72 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports and up to six Gigabit Ethernet ports. An integrated hardware crypto engine within the four-slot Aruba 5000 provides WLAN switching with the ability to support up to four gigabits of encrypted throughput.

Unlike other WLAN switches, only the Aruba 5000 can be dropped into existing backbone and wiring closet deployments without requiring direct connection of APs or cumbersome reconfiguration to the existing wired network. A single Aruba WLAN switch deployed in the data center can seamlessly support thousands of users and hundreds of APs.

Advanced Security and Deployment with AirOS

Aruba's AirOS is a suite of embedded wireless LAN software that adds unique security and deployment capabilities to Aruba WLAN switches, giving administrators the flexibility to choose which wireless LAN services they need. Aruba's AirOS includes a Base Software Suite, standard on all Aruba WLAN switches, a Security Suite and a Deployment Suite.

The Base suite gives network managers everything they need to operate a secure wireless LAN. This includes mobile security with 802.1X authentication and centralized WEP, TKIP and AES-CCM encryption, seamless roaming between APs, subnets and WLAN switches and an easy to use integrated site-survey modeling tool that can be accessed through a web browser.

Unlike other static site survey applications, Aruba's real-time site survey application integrates with Aruba 50 Access Points to provide active calibration of the wireless environment. Once deployed, Aruba APs work as a system with Aruba WLAN switches, listening to each other over the air and self-configuring to minimize interference and maximize capacity. This reduces the cost and planning time of deploying APs and gives administrators the power to optimize their wireless network for cost, coverage and resiliency.

Aruba's AirOS Security Suite protects wireless users by ensuring the highest levels of mobile security with seamless VPN mobility, per-user stateful firewalls, captive portals and centralized policy management.

Seamless mobility lets users roam without disruption, even allowing user laptops to hibernate without losing the connection. With no client software needed, L2 and L3 mobility between APs, subnets and WLAN switches eliminates lost sessions and user re-authentication.

Aruba's AirOS Security Suite also provides granular control for network administrators to establish access, service and security policies for user or user groups accessing the wireless infrastructure. User and role-based access control allows specific policies to be defined for different users or user groups and to follow users as they move.

Aruba's AirOS Deployment Suite gives administrators unprecedented control over their wireless and wired networks with rogue AP protection, self-calibration capabilities and WLAN optimization and troubleshooting tools not available today in any single system.

Rogue AP protection lets network managers not only detect rogue APs and unauthorized users but also automatically stops them from accessing the enterprise network through these Rogue APs. Unlike simple Rogue AP detection techniques that do nothing to prevent users from entering the network through these Rogue APs, the Aruba system actively prevents wireless intrusions with active control of the air.

With Aruba's AirOS Deployment Suite, network managers also now have complete RF visibility through unique air traffic controls that can be used to secure and troubleshoot the wireless environment. Armed with detailed RF statistics, administrators can automatically load balance traffic among APs, establish user rate limits and solve interference issues. Dynamic packet capturing provides detailed wireless RMON statistics for advanced troubleshooting.

Integrated User Access and Air Monitoring with Aruba 50 Access Points

The Aruba 50 AP is the first dual-purpose wireless device that functions both as an access point and as an air monitor giving administrators the ability to provide user access or to monitor the air across the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz spectrum. It also provides simultaneous support for 802.11a (54 Mbps) and 802.11b (11 Mbps) and is upgradeable to 802.11g (54Mbps).

The Aruba 50 is completely plug-and-play requiring no configuration. Once plugged into the network, the Aruba 50 discovers the Aruba WLAN switch and is automatically configured and remotely controlled by the switch. It is certified for enterprise class deployment with plenum rating (UL 2043) and supports 802.3af compliant Power over Ethernet. Aruba WLAN switches are the only devices today that provide integrated serial and power over Ethernet over single Category-5 UTP cable.

Pricing and Availability

Compliant with all worldwide regulatory certifications, the Aruba 5000 base system includes chassis, fan tray, power supply, line card and a supervisor module. Base system pricing starts at US $16,995. The Aruba 50 wireless AP is priced at $200. The Aruba 800 branch office WLAN switch is slated for introduction in the 2nd Half of 2003.

About Aruba Wireless Networks, Inc.

Founded in February 2002, Aruba Wireless Networks is a privately held wireless networking company based in San Jose, California. Named one of the Top 10 Startups to Watch, the company develops enterprise-class Wi-Fi switching systems that lets corporations lock the air, automate the deployment of large-scale Wi-Fi networks and ensure seamless mobility by a variety of different users. Aruba Wireless Networks is backed by top tier venture capital firms, Matrix Partners and Sequoia Capital.

Aruba Wireless Networks can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.arubanetworks.com/.

For more information, call 408/504-5487.
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