Aruba Networks (Aruba) has announced a worldwide agreement with Alcatel focused on the enterprise mobility market. Together, the two companies are ushering in the next phase of enterprise infrastructure deployment being driven by user mobility.
Under terms of the agreement, Aruba's products and technology will be integrated into Alcatel's innovative CrystalSec security framework for delivering converged enterprise mobility solutions. Alcatel's data networking business and Aruba will deliver a comprehensive set of mobile LAN products that automatically identify and authenticate users as they connect to the network. The joint solution establishes the mobile user's identity and subsequently enables "follow-me" user privileges, security and services - something no other enterprise mobility system provides today. This sophisticated technology gives corporations the power to manage and secure people rather than ports.
"Wireless access is essential, but not sufficient for enterprise mobility," said Don LeBeau, president and CEO of Aruba Networks. "Mobility is an irreversible trend that is reshaping the way corporate networks are built, managed and secured. Alcatel and Aruba are leading the way to help companies not only deal with the impact of mobility, but leverage it as a differentiator."
LeBeau noted that, given recent industry consolidation, enterprises are increasingly concerned with the ongoing innovation of products and technology, as well as the timely delivery of service and support. "The power behind the Alcatel/Aruba agreement is that innovation, service and support are boosted, not impeded," LeBeau concluded.
"Enterprises everywhere are looking for more than just wireless LAN technology. They need a clear path to enabling true mobility across the organisation with access to all business applications and the highest security guarantee," said Tom Burns, general manager of Alcatel's data networking business. "Alcatel and Aruba are driving this transformation, empowering enterprises to address the fundamental new requirements caused by user mobility." The agreement will help Alcatel's data networking business advance its market leadership from first-generation wireless LAN systems to a new class of converged, secure and scalable enterprise mobility solutions.
"Mobility introduces the need to know each user's identity and to protect the entire network, not just the WAN link, from the outside," said David Passmore research director at the Burton Group. "Increasingly, enterprises view mobility, security and wireless as one problem and want one solution that is simple, scalable and high performance. Aruba and Alcatel have recognised this and have done something about it."