Aruba virtualizes controller into the access point
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Big enterprises typically deploy Wireless LAN (WLAN) with Access Points (APs) managed by a central controller. But not everyone needs the power and complexity of a controller-based WLAN, which is why Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN) has its Aruba Instant portfolio of products.
Aruba Instant is a controller-less architecture for WLAN, enabling enterprises both large and small to more rapidly deploy wireless networks. The system includes a virtual controller embedded into the access point, providing administrators with some of the same features that are available on physical hardware controllers.
"The virtual controller has features such as RF management, role-based access and all the intelligence that we have in the air," Salah Nassar, product manager for Aruba Instant told InternetNews.com.
Going beyond making the access point a "fat" access point, including controller technology, Nassar noted that Aruba has also removed the complexity that sits behind deploying WLAN.
"We've taken the cool nerd knobs -- that people who are well-versed in wireless technology are familiar with -- and we've automated them with Aruba Instant," Nassar said.