"People Move, Networks Must Follow"
|Type||Public (NASDAQ: ARUN)|
|Founded||Sunnyvale, California, USA (2002)|
Dominic Orr, President and CEO Keerti Melkote, Co- Founder & CTOPankaj Manglik, Co- Founder & Past CEO
|Revenue||US$600M (FY 2013)|
|Operating income||US$-32.6M (FY 2010)|
|Net income||US$-34.0M (FY 2010)|
|Total assets||US$251M (FY 2010)|
|Total equity||US$151M (FY 2010)|
Aruba Networks, Inc. is a networking vendor selling enterprise wireless LAN and edge access networking equipment. The company has over 1,200 employees and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Aruba's core products are access points (APs), mobility controllers, and network management software through their Airwave Management Platform product.
According to the Dell'Oro Report published in Q211, Aruba ranked #2 in market share in the wireless LAN market.
In May 2009, the company introduced the Virtual Branch Network (VBN) family of products targeting branch offices and remote locations.
- 1 Corporate history
- 2 Hardware
- 3 Software
- 4 Acquisitions
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- 7 See also
Aruba was founded in 2002 by Keerti Melkote and Pankaj Manglik. The company was venture backed by Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. In 2005, it entered into an agreement to provide OEM equipment to Alcatel-Lucent. Aruba went public in March 2007. It acquired the wireless security business of Network Chemistry later that year. In 2008 it purchased AirWave Wireless, a vendor of wireless network management software.
Aruba offers Wi-Fi-branded products such as access points, wireless controllers and software. Aruba sells products under their own brandname and as OEM products from other vendors, such as the Dell PowerConnect W-series products.
Wireless access points from Aruba are targeted at the corporate market and support the IEEE 802.11n and IEEE 802.11ac standards. Some APs can use external antennas both for improved indoor-coverage or outdoor usage. One model AP is weather-proof to be used with up to 4 external antennas. All Aruba access points offer ARM: Adaptive Radio Management, integrated security features, integrated spectrum analysis and support mesh features for campus-wide deployment.
Instant Access Points
The Aruba Instant solution uses a dynamically-elected access point to distribute a network over the air. There are five AP series and two Remote Access Point series that offer: Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, built-in security features, easy set-up and software updating, and no deployment limits.
Aruba offers 4 models of mesh-router. These mesh-routers are access-points with integrated OSI layer 3 routing. Most models are to be used with external antennas and designed for outdoor use and optimized to be used for wireless security cameras.
Remote Access Points
For small branches or working from home Aruba offers RAPs: Remote Access Points that communicate with Aruba's Mobility Controller. There are several RAPs: small single-radio AP's, a wired-only device and multi-user wired/wireless models.
Mobility Access Switches
The S2500 and S3500 Mobility Access switches are 24 or 48 port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches for use with Access Points. Management can be done via a dedicated out of band 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet port.
Mobility controllers are used for a central organization-wide management of all access-points and users. For smaller environments APs with built-in controllers are available for up to 512 users. For larger organisations Aruba offers the 6000 series for up to 20 Gbit/s total bandwidth or the 7200 series with a maximum of 32,768 users. The controllers offer access authentication, managed encryption, radio-spectrum analysis and firewall-features.
Some Aruba access-points can use external antennas. A wide range of indoor and outdoor antennas are available, supporting different frequency-ranges, directional and omni-directional.
Unknown devices, that cannot authenticate to the network, can be given temporary access via ClearPass. It offers a self-service guest-registration web portal giving a visitor credentials to connect to the network. Via the software authorized (non-IT) staff can then allow this visitor to get access to the network or only to internet or parts of the LAN.
AirWave is Aruba's network management platform. It includes three components to deliver the core capabilities for managing a network: operations management with AirWave Management Platform (AMP), visualization and location tracking with VisualRF, and rogue and intrusion detection with RAPIDS, AirWave's Rogue AP Detection Software. AirWave is a multi-vendor multi-architecture tool. It supports wired and wireless infrastructure from manufacturers such as Aruba, Cisco, Motorola/Symbol, and others.
- On 01/09/2008, Aruba Networks Enters Multi-Vendor Network Management Business With Agreement to Acquire AirWave.
- On 05/10/2010, Aruba Networks Targets the Outdoor Industrial Enterprise With the Acquisition Of Azalea Networks.
- On 12/14/2010, Aruba Networks Announces Purchase of Amigopod Assets and Technology.
- On 12/08/2011, Aruba Completes Acquisition of Avenda Systems.
- On 05/16/2013, Aruba Networks Maps Out New Indoor Location-Based Services with Acquisition of Meridian.
- Aruba Networks (ARUN) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest.
- Aruba Networks (ARUN) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest.
- WiFi Alliance - Certified Products
- "Aruba Networks Makes Great Strides in Wireless LAN Market Share". 2011-05-24.[dead link]
- Network World: "Alcatel, Nortel Ink Wireless OEM, Development Deals",
- Network World: Aruba acquires WLAN management vendor AirWave
- Overview Dell PC W-series products, visited 31 July 2011
- "Instant Access Points".
- Aruba Mesh-routers, visited 31 July 2011
- "Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs)".
- "Aruba Mobility Access Switches".
- "Mobility Controllers". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Aruba product overview external antennas, visited 31 July 2011
- Dell website RFProtect + WIP, downloaded 31 July 2011
- Dell website on PEF, visited 31 July 2011
- Aruba website on Amigopod software, visited 31 July 2011
- AirWave Network Management, visted 22 June 2012
- Aruba acquires WLAN Management Vendor AirWave, visted 22 June 2012
- Outdoor RF planner, visted 31 July 2011