Feeds

Aruba rolls out cloudy enterprise Wi-Fi management system

Yours for a hundred quid a year

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Aruba Networks' latest Wi-Fi routers now come with a cloud service designed to stop sysadmins needing to wander the country, allowing remote monitoring and management – in exchange for an annual subscription.

Aruba's access points already come with software for self-configuration, and USB sockets ready to use a cellular connection in an emergency, but now those points will report the device's status and take commands from a cloud-based management system, assuming the user stumps up £105 a year for the privilege.

It might seem like a lot of money to avoid using the on-board management, but Aruba is pitching "Aruba Central" at enterprises with dispersed sites they want to keep connected without having to get their hands dirty with site visits.

With the cloud management system, the enterprise can deploy the access points to its remote sites. Local staff just need to plug in an Ethernet cable – the points will accept Power over Ethernet, so IP phones and the like can be patched in too – and once the device has a working connection it hooks itself up to the Aruba cloud, ready to be managed by the enterprise BOFH from the comfort of his office – or the nearby pub, as utility demands.

Aruba access points already support SNMP, as does Aruba Central, but (as the company points out) SNMP has no protocol for wireless functionality, such as reporting RF interference or requesting a change of 802.11n frequency – all of which can be managed through the cloud service.

Right now that service stands alone, but Aruba is looking at integration with other network management tools. Spiceworks is a bit low-end for their customer base, but there are plenty of options once customers ask for them.

As is so often the case these days, Aruba isn't running its own cloud servers. The hardware is hired from one of the big Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers (the company declined to say which one), meaning it can scale the offering depending on how many customers take an interest. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.