Aruba MOVE Promises Wire Speed Lync Performance over WiFi
When it comes to unified communications and wireless networks, enterprises have been stuck between a rock and a hard place: Most wireless networks don’t have the muscle to support a true UC experience, so users are forced to stick to using UC on their wired connections only. But Aruba Networks may be changing that with new technology that purports to offer the full Microsoft Lync UC experience over a Wi-Fi network.
Wireless networking company Aruba has taken its Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture (for wired and wireless networks) and given it a turbo boost. The company now claims MOVE outperforms Cisco’s Wi-Fi solutions by 75 percent when running Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Aruba noted Microsoft has been intimately working with network infrastructure companies including Aruba who are Microsoft Network Infrastructure Optimization Partners to ensure their networking hardware meets the optimal guidelines for using Lync via Wi-Fi. In addition, MOVE has been optimized to meet the growing demands of enterprise Wi-Fi, according to the company.
A little more sweet UC goodness comes with the news that Lync Server 2010 has been certified interoperable with the MOVE architecture via the ArubaEdge Partner Program. Why the big love for UC over Wi-Fi? Aruba networks cited Gartner research that pegs smartphones, softphones and IP telephones as the main sources of UC voice communication between 2011 and 2015. For mobile devices of any kind, Wi-Fi is critical to high-speed functionality.
Aruba’s ArubaOS Mobility Services management software can be deployed centrally and managed on site or through a cloud portal, providing the ability to manage security and network performance “for every user and device on the network, regardless of access type,” according to the company. VARs and MSPs should find that appealing. Aruba also sees MOVE’s new optimization as timely for the channel, since high demand for softphones, tablets and other mobile-networked devices are simultaneously creating needs for new IT infrastructure, namely wireless technology. Hardware sell-ins could be likely.
If you’re a partner, you can get the lowdown on Aruba’s deployable Lync configurations here. Worth noting: it looks as though Charlene O’Hanlon’s crystal ball predictions about mobile smartphones becoming UC softphones is coming true.