Aruba Networks, Inc, a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, and Riverbed Technology, Inc., the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), have announced a joint solution that allows mobile and remote users to achieve LAN-like access to data and applications wherever they work or roam.
The joint solution also establishes a new productivity and real-time collaboration model for remote offices by offering untethered wireless connectivity without compromising network security or application performance.
Industry estimates suggest that 67 percent of employees work outside of company headquarters, and according to IDC the number of mobile workers is expected to rise to over 1 billion by 2011. Geographic and technical hurdles have made it difficult for remote workers to collaborate globally and productively. Building out IT infrastructure at remote offices to replicate the corporate headquarters experience is not a viable option for most enterprises because of the significant costs, administrative overhead, and potential data loss associated with current alternatives.
CIOs with mobile and remote workforces face a real dilemma delivering application performance to mobile workers across long distances, while simultaneously consolidating infrastructure to improve data security, management and TCO, said Joe Skorupa, research vice president at Gartner. The solution must deliver LAN-like performance to remote users while keeping infrastructure costs in check.
Arubas Remote Access Points enable mobile workers, road warriors, and disaster-recovery teams to work remotely by transparently establishing a link to primary or back-up enterprise data centers and then enforcing identity-based access to authorised applications. The Riverbed award-winning WDS solutions accelerate applications and data for remote offices and mobile workers across wide area networks (WANs), while Riverbed Steelhead Mobile Client delivers LAN-like application performance to all employees, regardless of location. The combination of these Aruba and Riverbed technologies reliably delivers the enterprise experience to remote users, without compromising speed or incurring the limitations of VPN and managed clients.
Bringing the enterprise experience to mobile workers reduces travel costs, lowers hydrocarbon emissions, and enhances productivity by bringing the network to the point of use, said Andrew Harding, Arubas head of business development. A typical 45 mile commute wastes time that could otherwise be productively employed, and generates about 5.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Companies that want a competitive advantage must avoid wasting resources intellectual and natural and the best way to accomplish that is by providing unfettered access to enterprise applications from everywhere a worker might roam.
This plug-and-play mobile worker and remote office solution from Aruba and Riverbed will help our joint customers truly realise the benefits of a consolidated IT infrastructure, said Venugopal Pai, senior director, alliances at Riverbed. With fewer remote office build-outs and less remote infrastructure to manage, administrative overhead decreases and services can be delivered from a centralised and secure computing model. CIOs can cut costs and complexity with virtually no degradation in application delivery speed to remote and mobile knowledge workers.
Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local.
About Aruba Networks
People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our unified mobility solutions include Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, remote access and cellular services, and centralised multi-vendor network management to enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:
Follow-Me Connectivity: Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimise themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical information;
Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
Follow-Me Management: Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from both Aruba and its competitors.
The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our unified mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work.
Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000 Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.