"With the amazing advances we've seen in recent years in wireless LAN architecture, radio technology, price/performance and management, it's no wonder that WLANs have achieved the role of primary access almost everywhere," said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. "Aruba's announcement of the 7200 Series is a powerful indication that a shift in focus from wireless technologies and architectures alone to enhanced application performance is now well underway, giving network managers and users everywhere the assurance they seek that the wireless LAN will continue to meet their needs for capacity, reliability and productivity, and with continually-improving price/performance."
Industry-leading Innovations Drive Improved Economics
The Aruba 7200 Series helps enterprises drive down the costs of their networking infrastructure, “rightsizing” their networks and migrating to an all-wireless environment. With the 7200 Series’ improved scalability and high availability, enterprises can reduce the number of wired ports and their associated maintenance costs, resulting in a network that is less expensive to manage and maintain and saves on energy costs. In addition, the 7200 Series’ ability to assure high quality and performance for voice, video and Unified Communications (UC) applications like Microsoft Lync means that enterprises can eliminate desktop phones, IP PBX support, expensive video and audio equipment, dedicated videoconferencing systems and all of the support contracts that come with this equipment. With 75% better quality for Microsoft Lync as compared to an equivalent Cisco Wi-Fi network, Aruba controllers offer the highest performing, most reliable solution in the industry to support always-on communications.
Managing a growing base of users, devices and applications, while containing costs, is a critical issue for many organizations. The University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, has a large wireless deployment with more than 3500 access points (APs) and 13 controllers, and is currently evaluating Aruba’s new 7220 mobility controller. “As we continue to move toward pervasive wireless coverage across campus, we are looking for ways to upgrade and scale the network to support our 46,000 users including students, faculty and staff,” said Colleen Szymanik, senior network engineer, University of Pennsylvania. “The 7220 will allow us the flexibility to reduce rack space and power, and use fewer controllers as we expand our coverage. Based on our beta testing, we plan to replace four of our controllers with the new platform for better scalability.”