Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Aruba to Acquire AirWave for Multi-Vendor Management

Aruba Networks agreed to acquire AirWave Wireless, a provider of specialized tools to centrally manage large, multi-vendor wireless LAN, mesh, and WiMax networks, for $37 million in stock and cash.

The AirWave platform enables multi-vendor solutions to be run from a common, centralized network management system. Most wireless vendors offer only proprietary management solutions geared towards their own products. AirWave's platform manages networks and products from Cisco, Aruba, HP ProCurve, Motorola/Symbol, Avaya, Foundry, Proxim, 3Com, Trapeze, and Tropos, among others, and additional coverage will be added under Aruba's ownership. The AirWave management software is used by hundreds of IT organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies spanning education, finance, government, healthcare, hospitality, technology, manufacturing, and retail markets. The company is based in San Mateo, California.

Aruba said the acquisition will provide it with multi-vendor mobility management tools, as well as a vehicle for better supporting its expanding technology partner eco-system. AirWave will operate as a business unit of Aruba, chartered to enhance the AirWave Wireless Management Suite software and maintain its position as one of the industry's leading multi-vendor management solutions.http://www.arubanetworks.comhttp://www.airwave.com