Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Aruba and Alcatel-Lucent to Form JV for Enterprise Solutions

Aruba Networks and Alcatel-Lucent will establish a joint venture focused on developing next-generation wired and wireless solutions for the enterprise. Specifically, the joint venture will focus on the design and delivery of hardware and software modules that add secure wireless LAN switching to Alcatel-Lucent's next generation products. The companies said these modules, used in combination with Alcatel-Lucent platforms, will address the growing need for pervasive secure mobility in enterprises of any size.

The joint solution combines Aruba's secure mobile technology with Alcatel-Lucent's wired network infrastructure and communication/collaboration applications suite. The goal is to allow enterprises to benefit from secure mobility, including mobile communication and collaboration, without comprising the integrity of their business critical network traffic. The solution will be designed to identify, authenticate, and manage users regardless of the means by which they access the network. Alcatel-Lucent will market and sell this mobility solution.

Aruba's user-centric networking technology associates security policies with users, instead of ports or hardware. The policies can be enforced independently of how or where a user accesses the network.

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