Thursday, August 21, 2014

Great Lakes Computer Partners with Aruba Networks

Great Lakes Computer has become a PartnerEdge authorized partner with Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise.  Founded in 2002, Aruba designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users that rely on mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely on, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks automate infrastructure-wide performance optimization and trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention. The results are dramatically improved productivity and lower operational costs. Aruba is the industry leader in 802.11ac access points and focuses on building secure, reliable, and easy-to-manage wireless networks.

Recently Juniper Networks and Aruba Networks announced their strategic partnership to deliver converged wireless and wired networking solutions based on each company’s best-of-breed technologies. This partnership includes joint development efforts and collaboration to focus on items such as delivering comprehensive solutions and more value to customers and enabling technology partners to take advantage of Juniper’s open APIs. Together, Juniper and Aruba address mobility market trends with product-level integration that leverages open protocols and open APIs on Juniper routers and switches, and contextual data on users, devices, applications and location available from Aruba’s enterprise Wireless LAN (WLAN) products. With this new integration, enterprises will now be able to optimize application performance, enable mobility-centric security and policy, and reduce total cost of ownership by eliminating vendor lock-in.

Already a partner with Juniper Networks for many years, Great Lakes Computer has chosen to align with Juniper in their positioning with Aruba Networks. This partnership will allow GLC to provide the knowledge, products, and expertise of Aruba Networks, as well as the new developments that their partnership with Juniper Networks brings. Great Lakes Computer already provides wireless site surveys to help improve existing wireless deployments as well as identify access point placement and coverage for new wireless deployments. These surveys help identify issues such as gaps in coverage, insufficient data throughput, service interruptions, and a growing number of devices.

Great Lakes Computer will carry the complete Aruba Networks wireless portfolio including access points, controllers, and software, as well as provide professional services to support hardware sales. 

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