Monday, March 21, 2005

Alcatel to Resell Aruba's Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Aruba Networks announced a worldwide distribution agreement with Alcatel focused on the enterprise mobility market. Under terms of the agreement, Aruba's products and technology will be integrated into Alcatel's CrystalSec security framework for delivering converged enterprise mobility solutions. Alcatel's data networking business and Aruba will deliver a comprehensive set of mobile LAN products that automatically identify and authenticate users as they connect to the network. The joint solution establishes the mobile user's identity and subsequently enables "follow-me" user privileges, security and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Aruba has received over $59 million in three rounds of venture funding from top-tier venture firms -- Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and WK Technology Fund. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California.

  • In January, 2005, Cisco Systems agreed to acquire Airespace, a provider of wireless LAN systems, for approximately $450 million in stock and assumed options. Airespace's product portfolio includes WLAN controllers, Access Points, WLAN Management and Location Software, and Security capabilities, including IDS. Airespace had previously announced global OEM agreements with Alcatel, NEC, and Nortel. In addition, Airespace has also established partnerships with D-Link .


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