Indoor & Outdoor 802.11ac APs Address Rapid Adoption of Mobile Devices and Laptops Running Microsoft Lync and Office 365 at Price-Points Attractive for All Enterprises
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced that its indoor and outdoor enterprise 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points (APs) are the first in the industry to be qualified under the Microsoft Lync Server Wi-Fi qualification program. The qualification program ensures that products conform to Microsoft’s stringent guidelines for end-user voice and video quality. With this qualification, enterprises of all sizes can now leverage the speed and reliability of Aruba gigabit Wi-Fi to ensure predictable unified communications experiences.
The significant growth of #GenMobile employees using Lync-enabled smartphones, laptops and tablets has placed increased strain on enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructures, boosting demand for a Lync-qualified 802.11ac solution. With its patented ClientMatch™ technology, which intelligently steers mobile devices to the ideal AP, and AppRF technology, which prioritizes and improves the reliability of Lync traffic, Aruba’s AP-200, AP-210, AP-220, and AP-275 Series of 802.11ac APs are ideal for enterprises seeking cost-effective, reliable and high-performance wireless solutions on which to run Lync unified communications.
“The mass adoption of Lync-enabled devices has dramatically raised the capacity and throughput demands on Wi-Fi networks,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst for ZK Research. “The high performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi is the ideal answer, and the accelerating unit shipments of 802.11ac devices and infrastructure highlights widespread market adoption. By Lync-qualifying all its indoor and outdoor 802.11ac products – from the entry level AP-200 series to the industrial-grade AP-270 series – Aruba is supporting Lync across the spectrum, from small branches running Office 365 to the largest host or on-premise Lync 2013 server based solutions. That’s a game changer for Microsoft and for enterprises that have wanted to roll out Lync enterprise-wide but were concerned about the cost of infrastructure upgrades.”
Aruba offers wireless solutions for Lync on-premises, hosted, and Office 365 applications. With technologies like AppRF, Aruba can automatically differentiate Lync voice, video, and desktop sharing from other application streams and prioritize Lync traffic to deliver a better overall user experience. The high performance of Lync over Aruba Wi-Fi – particularly with the added bandwidth of 802.11ac – is enabling enterprises worldwide to discard wired IP phones in favor of mobile Lync clients.
“With 802.11ac, we’re finding that enterprises are even more confident about ‘cutting the cord’ and using Lync for all their users’ unified communications needs – particularly for those making voice and video calls on their mobile devices,” said Eric King, Director of Lync Partner Management. “Aruba has always been committed to ensuring the best possible Lync over Wi-Fi experience and their 802.11ac APs are no exception. Marrying Aruba 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Lync gives enterprises a reliable, high-performing UC experience.”
“The all wireless workplace is fast becoming a reality,” said Michael R. Tennefoss, Vice President Strategic Partnerships for Aruba Networks. “Reliably delivering Lync services over Wi-Fi gives enterprises the option to cut the last cord and pocket the savings that come from eliminating wired desk phones. Using the Lync-qualified 802.11ac wireless solution in conjunction with tightly integrated Lync server SDN API gives enterprises a robust, cost-effective platform for extending unified communications to mobile users and devices throughout the enterprise.”