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Meru Networks Expands Service Assurance Platform To Optimize WLAN Performance And Accelerate Migration To An All-Wireless Enterprise

Meru Networks Inc., (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualized and optimized 802.11n enterprise networking, today unveiled its plans to offer a powerful suite of wired and wireless management, spectrum analysis, and security and compliance services that are designed to optimize Wireless LAN (WLAN) application performance and accelerate the migration to an All-Wireless Enterprise TM. Integrated directly with the Meru Service Assurance Platform, these new management, security and diagnostic tools are designed to deliver IT organizations the ability to predictively and proactively manage and optimize the end-to-end performance of the entire WLAN infrastructure - anticipating and resolving performance, interference and security issues. As a result, IT organizations will have the ability to offer users reliable and seamless mobility, despite the constant strain that an increasing number of applications and devices have placed on wireless environments.

“Wireless networking has infused virtually all aspects of the enterprise, as users from the remote office to the manufacturing floor have come to expect predictable yet untethered access to data, video and other applications services from their device of choice,” said Ram Appalaraju, senior vice president of marketing at Meru. “We believe these expectations have placed considerable pressure on IT to create a networking environment that will be flexible and reliable, yet operationally efficient. With these new network management applications integrated into the Meru Service Assurance Platform and powered by our underlying Virtual Cell TM technology, we believe enterprises will be able to offer their users a consistently productive experience with the ability to proactively manage and mitigate application performance issues.”

The Meru Service Assurance Platform is designed to deliver an integrated suite of proactive diagnostic, security and management tools. Existing service offerings, including Service Assurance Manager, E(z)RF Network Manager and E(z)RF Location Manager, are complemented with a new set of security and diagnosis applications, Spectrum Manager, Intrusion Prevention, Compliance Manager and Wired and Wireless Management.

We believe Meru is leading the transformation of the all-wireless environment with the only virtualized WLAN solution in the marketplace, delivering Wireless-like-Wire TM. Meru is able to confidently offer enterprise these performance assurances because of its virtualized WLAN architecture, which leverages Virtual Cell technology. Because the Virtual Cell pools radio resources into a seamless layer of coverage, Meru avoids the artificial boundaries that legacy WLAN systems impose. As a result, all Meru Access Points (APs) use the same radio channels and appear as one, letting client devices move freely throughout a network without disruptive handoffs.

“As WLANs rapidly become the default and even primary (and certainly preferred) network access technology, IT and network-operations organizations must be equipped with the tools needed to optimize WLAN and application performance,” said Craig Mathias, principal at Farpoint Group. “I believe the new additions to the Meru Service Assurance Platform, leveraging Meru’s virtualized WLAN approach, will allow enterprises to get the best possible performance out of their wireless network via enhanced security, management and spectrum-analysis services - all must-haves for enterprises as a mission-critical role for WLANs becomes common.”

Unified and Integrated Network Management Delivers End-to-End Visibility and Control

Meru’s Wired and Wireless Management solution is designed to deliver a proactive set of performance monitoring products that run across both wired and wireless networks. Through the partnership with SolarWinds, Meru will be able to offer two complementary network management solutions that, when used in conjunction, give IT managers granular, centralized management and reporting for the majority of network devices and elements on the enterprise network.

IT organizations will be able to use Meru’s E(z)RF Network Manager and SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) together to increase efficiency in the initial deployment and ongoing operation of their entire network. In addition, when issues do occur, IT departments will be able to evaluate the business impact of the issue within minutes, across the entire wired-wireless network infrastructure. Without this complete visibility, this same process could cost organizations enormous time and expense. The combination offers a level of visibility that many legacy vendors are unable to offer.

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