- Aruba (ARUN +3.2%) has unveiled Aruba Central, a management software platform for the company's Wi-Fi hardware that (thanks to a cloud-based architecture) can be remotely accessed, and promises lower network deployment times. (PR)
- Aruba insists Central offers better performance than rival solutions, thanks in part to a management database "designed with web-scale performance" in mind. The company also asserts it's the only vendor that can "deliver a single architecture across controller-based and cloud-based Wi-Fi deployments."
- With Central, Aruba is looking to take on Cisco's (CSCO -0.4%) newly-acquired Meraki unit, which has long trumpeted its use of a cloud-based architecture; Cisco claims Meraki saw 100% Q/Q order growth in the July quarter.
- Network Computing's Lee H. Badman says he's "intrigued but not impressed" by Aruba's offering. While calling Central's interface "simple and effective," he observes the software lacks several features found in competing products, such as guess access and managed services support.
- Badman: "[Central is] pretty spartan beyond basic wireless management and monitoring, and feels small branch-oriented and 'first generation.'"
Aruba up after launching cloud-based Wi-Fi management platform
Oct 1 2013, 13:24 ET