Aruba Optimizes Wi-Fi for Applications

By Sean Michael Kerner | Dec 5, 2012 | Print this Page
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A network is fundamentally all about delivering applications to users. That's a truth that applies equally to both wired and wireless networks, a lesson that wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks is taking to heart.

Aruba this week announced its 7200 Series Mobility Controllers, which feature the company's new AppRF technology. The goal of AppRF is to deliver application visibility that enables optimized application delivery and control over wireless networks.

From a hardware perspective, scale is another key attribute of the 7200 series. The new Aruba controllers scale up to 40 Gbps of firewall and encryption capacity, supporting as many as 32,000 mobile devices.

Ozer Dondurmacioglu Director of Product & Solutions Marketing at Aruba, explained to EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that the new application visibility and control is an Aruba developed feature. He noted that in the past, Aruba had visibility in the unified communications space with Microsoft Lync and Apple Facetime. Aruba is now expanding on that with URL traffic identification. With the URL traffic identification, an administrator can prefer traffic from one site over another.

"The User Interface gives you information about applications and destinations," Dondurmacioglu said.

Going beyond just application control, Aruba is baking in very granular control into the platform. For example, an administrator can enable access to Kindle devices, but disable access to advertising on those devices.

Though application visibility is improving with AppRF, Aruba is still missing at least one key application. Dondurmacioglu admitted that full support for Skype optimization is not in the current release.

"Skype is something we're working on," Dondurmacioglu said. "While Skype is a web based protocol it also sometimes uses encryption."

The new Aruba controller technology is intended for use by larger organizations and data centers. Aruba also has a controller-less technology called Aruba Instant which was recently updated as well. Dondurmacioglu noted that in the future some of the new features landing in the new hardware controllers could end up in Aruba Instant as well.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.