Aruba Networks is introducing an array of hardware and software-based services to reshape network access, including a line of wired Ethernet switches that can handle not only the burgeoning array of Wi-Fi clients but also wired clients reports Network World. The company states the WLAN is changing the face of network access, and the corporate access layer has to adapt to that new reality.
“The ‘device fingerprinting’ technology in the new ArubaOS 6.1 firmware is part of this capability. It’s being used, with the new S3500 switch, in a beta test at Boston Medical Center, a 639-bed academic medical center in Boston’s South End, and an Aruba customer.
‘We’re starting to see a big push for ‘bring your own device’ to work. It’s mainly driven by the iPad: The doctors love it,’ says Lee Cullivan, manager, data/voice/security networks at BMC.”