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Aruba Wireless Solutions

Aruba Wireless Solutions

Posted on Jan 13, 2020 (0)

Aruba Wireless Solutions

Aruba offers flexible options for wireless deployment. Depending on the business requirements, you can offer customers a controller-based solution with ArubaOS controllers and APs or a controller-less deployment with Instant APs and optional cloud-based Aruba Central for centralized management.

You can also offer branch office and home office solutions with remote APs and the Aruba Virtual Internet Access (VIA) client, both of which connect to centralized controllers at the main site. Aruba unified APs (UAPs) give customers complete flexibility and investment protection because they can be deployed in either controlled mode or Instant mode without a controller.

For enterprise and high-density environments, controllers offer centralized management, centralized encryption, and advanced services at scale. While both controllers and controller-less APs in Instant mode provide many similar software features, controller-based solutions have additional features and performance benefits, making the controller-based solutions well-suited for demanding enterprise environments. APs in Instant Mode, managed by Aruba Central, provide simplified deployment and minimal hardware for branch offices that have few or no onsite IT resources. They are also suitable for small to medium businesses (SMBs).

Finally, remote APs make it easy for small, temporary, or home offices to set up and secure their wireless services. Companies can also choose the VIA client, which enables users to easily obtain a secure connection to the main site from any wireless network.

Aruba Features

Aruba Client Match:

This patented technology connects each client to the best available AP at all times. Without ClientMatch, slow Wi-Fi can be caused by clients sticking to one AP despite changes in signal strength and area density. ClientMatch load balances APs and intelligently steers devices to the best AP so that each client device will get the best possible connection. With 802.11ac Wave 2 APs, ClientMatch is maximizes performance because it matches Wave 2 APs with devices that also support those advanced features.

Adaptive Radio Management (ARM)

 This feature works with ClientMatch to dynamically optimize Aruba APs by moving radios to channels that are clear of radio frequency (RF) interference. Dynamic transmission power adjustments reduce interference in dense deployments and allow the WLAN to self-heal if an AP fails.

Adaptive Visibility & Control (AppRF)

 Connecting clients to the right AP and minimizing outside interference can only do so much. Application Visibility and Control (AppRF) with both controllers and Instant APs uses deep packet inspection (or DPI) to prioritize traffic based on user, device, and application. With this feature, IT can prioritize business critical applications and intelligently monitor application usage. Application Visibility and Control detects when users launch Office 365, Skype for Business, Salesforce, or any of more than 1600 applications, which are then prioritized above less Critical applications

Role-based Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF)

 The Aruba built-in firewall is:

  • Application- and session-aware so it is more difficult to spoof
  • Application Visibility and Control (AppRF) provides visibility for more than 1600 applications and web categories
  • Dynamic and bi-directional, which means info can change as policies are applied to users
  • Identity/role-based and stateful so that controls can enforce policies based on application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance policies

RFProtect

 ArubaOS RFProtect™ is an optional software module that offers the industry’s only integrated wireless security and spectrum analysis system for enterprise WLANs. RFProtect:

  • Identifies and contains sources of RF interference, such as uncontrolled or unauthorized APs and devices
  • Safeguards the network infrastructure by automatically classifying wireless threats and preventing Denial of Service (DoS), man-in-the-middle, and other attacks
  • Detects and adapts to noise using automatic channel optimization

Web Content Classification (WebCC)

 Web content classification bolsters role-based security by:

  • Gaining simple control with the ability to select web category, URL, and Role
  • Detecting threats, such as malware hosts, using IP reputation
  • Enabling IT to permit or deny traffic for specific IP address, based on region or IP reputation
  • Improving employee productivity with IT able to deny, throttle, or prioritize website access

Positioning Aruba AP’s

Customers have different needs for performance, density, deployment, and budgeting, so Aruba offers a range of indoor 802.11ac APs.


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