Aruba Networks, the Mobile Edge Company, recently announced the Aruba 200 Mobility Controller and Aruba Mobility Management System to address the specific wireless, mobility, and security needs of branch office and retail store environments.

These products are designed for deployments comprising a number of modestly-sized, dispersed WLANs securely interconnected and managed from a central operations centre. The Aruba 200 provides integrated mobility, security and convergence services for both wired and wireless users, and the Aruba Mobility Management System offers system-wide visibility of not only wireless network infrastructure and devices, but individual users as well.

Aruba's new mobile edge products address key challenges in branch office deployments.  Increasingly, branch offices require network services beyond basic IP routing and firewalls, including wireless, intrusion prevention, site-to-site VPNs, identity-based management and voice. The result is a rising number of boxes, provisioning challenges, and management troubles. The Aruba 200 simplifies branch deployments with integrated services and automatic configuration, while the Mobility Management System provides a centralised management view of a confederation of branch offices.

In addition to branch offices, the Aruba 200 and Mobility Management System are ideally suited for use in retail store deployments where wireless capabilities and specialised applications can significantly improve revenues, profitability, and customer satisfaction. These applications
include mobile point-of-sale with secure credit card transactions, inventory management in warehouses and retail spaces, information kiosks, pricing and auditing, guest Internet access, Voice over WLAN (VoWLAN), streaming video, and RFID asset tracking.

The new additions to Aruba's Mobile Edge portfolio are available now.

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