Motorola AirDefense Streamlines Wireless For Enterprise
Motorola is rolling out a potential solution to messy wireless networks. Dubbed “AirDefenese Infrastucture Managment” (or just ‘AirDefense’ for short), it’s a vendor-agnostic platform that strives to bring order to wireless access points. Here are the details for channel partners.
According to a press release: AirDefense is “Seamless multi-vendor management solution [that] ensures consistency in configuration and compliance with policies…” So there you go: Any wireless access point, from anybody, all controlled in on place.
Wrought out of the Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, AirDefense, at it’s heart, is a bulked up wireless LAN management tool. It’s pretty simple in concept, and Motorola says it’s nearly as simple to deploy. A 1-2U unit running a “hardened Linux kernel,” it basically creates a centralized management control center with a GUI that makes it easy to visualize and control all access points from one location. And yeah, Motorola admits that “The task of supporting multiple features in WLAN devices from different vendors, models and firmware versions is complex,” which is why this blogger feels the technology has the potential to impress.
Part of Motorola’s goal is to reduce the amount of “device- and model-specific expertise” needed by IT administrators to install and configure devices, and at the same time, drop the need to actually require a specific branded product. In theory, those improvements can speed deployments and lower wireless management training costs.
Plus, it’s more than just a fancy GUI with “on/off” switches. AirDefense allows your IT department to update the “device and firmware, monitor device status, capture faults, audit and automatically correct device configuration issues, gather network statistics or generate trend and compliance reports.”
According to Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager for Wireless Network Solutions, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions…
“Enterprise mobility is considered a business necessity today…the vendor-agnostic infrastructure management solution marks the introduction of the Motorola AirDefense Services Platform, the industry’s first service oriented WLAN platform…”
So will Motorola’s AirDefense start a trend in ubiquitous and unified wireless enterprise networks? If it’s a hit, it may. AirDefense launches today (March 2, 2010), so time will tell. If you want all the techie details (and there are a lot), head on over to Motorla’s AirDefense site.