New software from Aruba could enable network administrators to predict Wi-Fi issues so they can proactively correct the problem. Aruba Clarity provides visibility into the Wi-Fi access layer at the user, device and application levels. Designed as a software module for the Aruba AirWave network management tool, Clarity provides intuitive forensics so proactive measures can be taken, reducing hiccups in service, downtime and end-user tickets.
Three Cisco product lines received an infusion of new products. Cisco's Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines were beefed up this week as part of the company's ongoing digital transformation initiatives. The updates aim to solve a problem network professionals are having with performance and reliability.
Home networking gear may have very little direct impact on the enterprise network, but it's frequently true that consumer technology can impact enterprise technology adoption. At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, it appears that 802.11ac Wave 2 is making a splash.
Enterprise networking and, to a lesser extent, unified communications has a tendency to stall for years at a time with incremental improvements and slow evolution of the technologies involved. The last couple of years have been promising more rapid changes within the space, though.
Rapidly growing 4G LTE vendor Cradlepoint plans to help enterprise customers quickly deploy software-defined overlay networks through the acquisition of software-defined networking vendor Pertino.
Extreme Networks has added application analytics to its 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, providing the improved speeds of Wave 2 along with the ability to do location-based analytics.
As enterprises look to get greater speeds out of their wireless networks, many are evaluating and beginning to adopt access points that use the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, which allows for a theoretical 6.9 Gbps of connection speeds. But to get greater speeds requires an Ethernet networking architecture capable of supporting it.
Now that 802.11ac Wave 2 products have been on the market for a few months, organizations are starting to deploy the technology. It appears to be a slow start, but one example of a large-scale deployment is the ongoing deployment of Aruba Networks 802.11ac wireless LAN products at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
As more enterprises look to 802.11ac wireless networking products, troubleshooting issues will become more prominent. With that in mind, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is adding 802.11ac support to two of its portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools.
It seems hard to believe, but the 802.11 wireless networking standard is 25 years old as of this month.