Feeds

Aruba Networks takes to AirWave for $37m

Will use white flag of neutrality to shoot at Cisco

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Wireless switch specialist Aruba Networks is buying AirWave Wireless, a multi-vendor WLAN management firm, for $37m.

AirWave software manages different types of wireless networks built with equipment from a variety of manufacturers including Aruba, Cisco, Motorola, HP, Avaya, 3Com, Juniper and several others. The software also supports upcoming wireless technology such as WiMAX and 802.11n.

Aruba spokesman Michael Tennefoss said the company's charter for AirWave is to "continue doing exactly what they're doing," but with the added resources of Aruba behind it.

AirWave software will continue to be sold as a standalone vendor-neutral product and will also be integrated into future Aruba products. The acquisition will also add compatibility to wireless technologies currently unsupported by Aruba products such as point-to-point bridges and Metro Mesh.

"It's our intention to not only continue to sell the software as it is, but expand on its vendor support and capabilities," said Tennefoss.

Because AirWave software manages old and new networking equipment side-by-side, customers can more easily upgrade their WLAN without needing to replace all their equipment, Tennefoss said. it also puts Aruba's foot in the door for a large installment of potential customers currently using competing systems, he added.

"They can get better management of Cisco's networks than Cisco offers itself. We will offer complementary features that will work with what [customers] already own."

And once they're on the wagon, Aruba hopes to woo them over to the company's own equipment, of course.

AirWave will operate as a separate business unit within Aruba and remain in its San Mateo, California headquarters. "Virtually all" staff will stay on-board, including management. The deal is expected to close at the end of March.

®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.