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Aruba rolls out Wi-Fi mesh gear from Azalea deal

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Services | April 4, 2011
Aruba Networks is introducing the first fruits of its acquisition of Azalea Networks this week, boosting the speed of the wireless mesh gear with IEEE 802.11n technology and integrating it into the Aruba MeshOS management system.

All the AirMesh devices can be managed using the Aruba MeshOS software, with features for intelligent routing, high-definition video support and mobile session persistence. The company is also announcing the Aruba Outdoor RF Planner, an application designed primarily for system integrators and other Aruba channel partners to lay out mesh networks for their customers. It gives planners a 3D view of the area where the network is to be deployed and indicates where radios can most effectively be installed, Murphy said.

The MSR4000 is available beginning Monday for a starting list price of $5,495. The MST200 will ship around the third quarter for a price that has not been announced. The MSR2000 and MSR1200 are already shipping, priced starting at $3,295 and $1,495, respectively.

Prior to the Azalea acquisition, Sunnyvale, California-based Aruba had about 800 employees. With the buyout, Aruba absorbed a Milpitas, California, company of about 100 employees, most of whom were based in Beijing. A flagship project for Azalea was a Wi-Fi mesh built for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Aruba has maintained the Beijing development team and integrated it with operations in Silicon Valley and India, Murphy said.


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