Fine-grained Spectrum Manager for proactive and precise control and analysisAs new devices and applications are added to the WLAN, there has been an increasing number of wireless interference issues and resulting performance degradation. Meru intends to offer spectrum analysis through a Proactive Spectrum Manager (PSM), a standalone system that is separate from the AP but located on the WLAN to help IT detect and avoid interference and “noisy” channels. As part of the Meru Service Assurance Platform framework, Meru will offer a fine-grained Spectrum Manager that is designed to work with the PSM to enable enterprises to proactively and precisely detect, analyze and locate the source of interference. Unlike competing solutions that only enable users to “isolate” interference issues to a particular location after the problem has occurred, Meru’s solution is designed to offer real-time and historical detection of RF interference sources based on automated and proactive spectrum management. Spectrum Manager is designed to enable enterprises to find and classify the sources of interference such as cordless phones, gaming controllers, Bluetooth devices, microwave ovens and other non-Wi-Fi devices. Once IT has the information relating to the interference such as type and source, a decision can be made as to whether or not to remove, adjust or work around the source of the issue. By revealing the various congestion points on the wireless spectrum, IT can take the necessary actions. Through location mapping, IT can pinpoint the issue and resolve it before there has been an impact on the WLAN. Spectrum Manager can also determine channel quality and channel utilization from both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi interference on all channels, eliminating potential threats before they become a problem. Integrated Security from the RF to the Core Meru offers a comprehensive security management solution for virtualized WLANs. It combines the proactive protection of a wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) with comprehensive monitoring and verification, offering peace of mind to organizations of all sizes. With Meru’s multi-layered security model, which spans from the virtual layer to the physical layer, the wireless network is protected and secure for managing sensitive data.
Through WIPS, Meru is adding new capabilities designed to monitor the radio spectrum for the presence of unauthorized APs. Included in this new service are predefined signatures and support for customizable thresholds. With these new enhancements, IT managers have the ability to detect an intrusion and take countermeasures if someone is illegally entering the network. Specifically, WIPS offers protection against denial of service attacks, backdoor attacks, password cracking, physical layer attacks, spoofing, and hacking tools.Meru also intends to add new capabilities for managing credit card data through its Compliance Manager. All organizations that handle credit card data must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a set of security best practices intended to protect credit card numbers and customers’ personal information. Compliance Manager is designed to continually check the network’s security posture against best practices and policies, enabling organizations to improve security on an ongoing basis. With Meru’s Compliance Manager, IT has automatic discovery and archival of wireless assets and configurations and historical and on-demand reporting of PCI & DSS 2.0 compliance for consistent security and policy actions.
|Pricing and Availability|
|Service Assurance Manager:|
|Suggested price (50 APs): $21,995|
|E(z) RF Network Manager:|
|Suggested price (50 APs): $4,995|
|Each of the following new services are currently anticipated to be available in the second half 2010.|
|E(z) RF Spectrum Manager|
|Suggested price: $1,995|
|Suggested price: $1,295|
|Suggested price: $5,995 for 50 APs|
|Suggested price: $5,995 for 50 APs|
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