Meru Debuts Virtual Mobility, Remote Access for Cloud

The wireless enterprise networking solution provider Meru Networks has developed two new solutions that the company says will help enterprise IT departments better manage the influx of mobile devices to corporate networks as a result of the exploding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

First, Meru Networks has created a new set of WLAN solutions that enterprises can deploy one of three ways: on-premise, in a virtual private cloud, or as a set of hosted applications. These new WLAN solutions, according to Meru Networks CEO Ihab Abu-Hakima, will give enterprise IT departments the efficiency and flexibility they need to better handle the personal mobile devices their employees are bringing onto their networks.

"Our new virtual, cloud-based solutions give enterprises greater choice and control over how wireless networks are deployed and managed," Abu-Hakima said in a prepared statement.

Meru wants its enterprise customers to use its new WLAN solutions to create wireless environments designed primarily for mobility rather than dealing with mobile devices once they're on the corporate network. Meru is calling the new line of solutions its Virtual Mobility Controllers. They are VMware-based virtual appliances and can scale-up as the number of devices, applications and users increase on corporate networks.

And to further encourage the use of mobile devices in the workplace, Meru has also introduced its new AP110 Access Point solution -- a lower cost wireless and wired access solution designed specifically for enterprise smaller branch offices, telecommuters and mobile device users. So Meru enterprise customers no longer have to eat the cost of traditional VPN infrastructures, as the AP110 solution offers virtual WiFi access to corporate networks and applications. And it also integrates with the new Meru Virtual Controllers, the company's wireless operating system and its complete suite of IT management tools.

Together, Meru Senior VP of Products Kamal Anand says the company's enterprise customers can have "an enterprise-class wireless service," that includes access to data voice and video applications.





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