Aruba Networks (News - Alert), Inc., a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, recently announced that its controller-less Wi-Fi solution, “Instant,” has helped HarborLink Network Ltd, a provider of public Wi-Fi networks, to upgrade its managed Wi-Fi service at 350 corporate-owned restaurant locations across North America.
Aruba Instant is the first controllerless WLAN solution to deliver comprehensive enterprise-grade security, resiliency and scale to distributed networks. There are no physical or virtual controllers and no ongoing service fees, license fees or management appliances. With Aruba Instant, one dynamically-elected AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other Instant APs in the WLAN. Simply power-up one Instant AP, configure it over the air and plug in the other APs – the entire process takes about five minutes.
“When faced with a two-week deadline for upgrading our Wi-Fi offering in 350 restaurant locations, we looked for a cost-effective, enterprise-grade solution that was simple to deploy and manage,” said Rick Tangeman, HarborLink president and CEO, in a statement. “Unlike other Wi-Fi vendor solutions we considered, Aruba’s Instant platform provides a full set of features, including Adaptive Radio Management (ARM (News - Alert)) for automated interference mitigation and Aruba Activate which reduces our deployment time by at least 75 percent.”
“We are pleased that HarborLink selected our Instant Enterprise solution for their customer’s Wi-Fi upgrade,” said Frederick Harris, head of service provider marketing, Aruba Networks. “This restaurant deployment is an excellent example of how low-cost, enterprise-class Wi-Fi can be easily and quickly provisioned as a managed service. We look forward to collaborating with HarborLink on future Wi-Fi deployments.”
Recently, Aruba Networks announced that Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, has deployed a wireless network based on the Aruba Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture to deliver secure and reliable access to the organization's Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and wireless patient monitoring devices. The network also supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) by enabling employees to connect to the network on their personal smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey