Meru Networks Introduces MobileFLEX Architecture With Context-Aware Application
Layers to Support Mission-Critical Wireless Applications
New Architecture and Products Give Higher Education, Healthcare and
Hospitality the Ability to Overlay, Segment and Scale
Mission-Critical, Enterprise-Grade and Consumer-Grade Apps Over
Existing Wired and Wireless Networks
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/13 -- Meru Networks, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in virtualized wireless LAN solutions, today
announced the availability of the Meru MobileFLEX architecture.
MobileFLEX features Meru's new Context-aware Application Layers
(CALs), Apple Bonjour support, enhanced multi-vendor policy
enforcement, cloud and 802.11ac readiness. MobileFLEX gives IT
departments a unified ability to overlay mission-critical
applications onto existing wired or wireless networks while
simultaneously lightening the BYOD load.
"Implementing Meru's MobileFLEX architecture will enable us to scale
and manage Apple Bonjour services across our campus, improve the
initial deployment of MDM-managed iOS devices and provide efficient
guest access for visitors and trainers on our network, but that's
just the beginning," said Charles Thacker, director of technology at
Farmington Municipal Schools. "Among other enhancements, the new
Context-based Application Layers in MobileFLEX allow us to allocate
and protect bandwidth for specific mission-critical applications such
as student assessment and digital learning. It's a solid foundation
and framework for our growing mobile future."
"Enabling enterprise mobility is an increasingly complex set of
initiatives," said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst with
ZK Research. "Simplification of the access, policy and management
layers of mobility architectures are critical to ensure a high
quality mobile environment that delivers a consistent user
experience. Meru's MobileFLEX architecture takes a big step in that
direction by delivering an agile, flexible mobile environment."
Highlights of the Meru MobileFLEX Architecture
FLEX Access provides
flexibility through multi-channel, single channel, virtual cell and
CAL deployment modes to tackle the increasing density and mobility
issues brought on by BYOD.
-- New Context-aware Application Layers (CALs) allow dynamic segregation
and context-based mapping of growing mission-critical,
enterprise-grade and consumer-grade application traffic to physically
different access points and/or channels. CALs can be overlaid on
existing wireless LAN networks from competing vendors. This gives IT
departments a seamless path for migrating mission-critical
applications still running on wired networks to Meru CALs. For
example, Meru's 'Uninterrupted Care Network'(TM) (UCN) solution
(http://bit.ly/141EM8P), announced at HIMSS 2013, applies CALs to
enable hospitals to offer dedicated support for a variety of
"Life-Critical," "Mission-Critical" and "Consumer-Critical" healthcare
devices and applications.
-- Continuation of an attractive 802.11ac investment-protection plan
(http://bit.ly/Z9R3Qw) that allows customers that purchase Meru AP332s
today to upgrade to a future 802.11ac-capable access point from Meru
for only $499.
FLEX Control provides the flexibility of centralized, distributed and
VMware cloud-ready deployment options to support campus, remote and
home-office deployments and features the following:
-- With significant deployment flexibility, the new 802.11ac-ready
Systems Director (SD) 6.0 is scheduled for beta release in Q2. SD 6.0
will feature enhanced, centralized, distributed and VMware cloud-ready
virtualized controller options, IPv6 support for greatly enhanced
client scalability and enhanced device fingerprinting for more
accurate and secure BYOD onboarding.
-- Attractive entry-level virtual controller bundles, featuring a
VMware-based controller and 10 AP licenses, with prices starting at
FLEX Policy defines and enforces network access policies across any
wired and wireless networks and features the following:
-- The new Service Connect feature supports context-based policies for
managing Apple Bonjour services while simultaneously addressing the
chatty protocol's multi-cast traffic explosion issue.
-- The New IDM 13.2 solution, in addition to automating guest access and
BYOD on-boarding, features a full-featured scalable radius server,
eduroam integration, high availability active/active failover using
VRRP and global language support for 38 languages.
FLEX Management provides single pane of glass management, security and
troubleshooting across the entire access network layer and features
-- Full SolarWinds integration provides a single pane of glass for wired
and wireless network management.
-- New E(z)RF 4.0, currently scheduled for release in Q2, features
flexible spectrum management capabilities that allow supported access
points to simultaneously support wireless services and on-demand
wireless monitoring. This helps identify Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi
interference sources such as Bluetooth devices and microwave ovens.
FLEX Solutions greatly simplify Wi-Fi roll-outs with leading education,
healthcare and hospitality applications and feature the following:
-- Proven Microsoft Lync integration in real-world deployments for
unified communications and collaboration.
-- LanSchool integration for classroom management.
-- The Meru Education-Grade (MEG(TM)) solution (http://bit.ly/15vW5Oh),
driving Uninterrupted Learning(TM), designed to solve colleges' and
universities' BYOD issues and support their learning-essential
New Controller and Access Points
Meru also introduced two new hardware
devices designed to extend the deployment flexibility of the
-- The new MC1550 is an 802.11ac-ready entry-level controller that
supports up to 50 APs and 1,000 client devices.
-- The new single radio 802.11n AP1014 access point with four built in
Ethernet ports for in-room deployments.
"On the one hand, many enterprises are still reluctant to cut the final
Ethernet cord for mission-critical applications such as telemetry in
healthcare and student assessment in education," said Manish Rai,
vice president of corporate marketing at Meru. "On the other hand, IT
is struggling to scale consumer-grade services such as Apple AirPrint
and AirPlay on their campuses. These conditions cannot co-exist. The
Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to provide a unified
approach to addressing both ends of the spectrum by giving IT the
unprecedented levels of flexibility and scalability to address the
challenges triggered by BYOD."
Meru Channel Partners Voice Enthusiasm for the MobileFLEX
"Meru's MobileFLEX architecture demonstrates Meru's understanding of
the breadth of the challenges customers are facing when deploying
WLAN solutions," said Jennifer Jabbusch Minella, CISSP, HP MASE, vice
president of engineering for Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc., a Meru
Platinum Sales Partner. "This framework addresses all the unique
requirements in today's wireless world. It just makes sense."
"Meru's MobileFLEX provides a clear vision and focus on implementing
a leading edge wireless solution while simplifying the management and
support requirements," said Joel Gates, director of sales for Integra
Data Systems Corp., a Meru Platinum Sales Partner.
"With Meru's MobileFLEX architecture, wireless has come of age,
delivering enterprise networking to a world of wireless consumer
devices," said Rob Leggett, director of sales at Siracom UK, a Meru
Platinum Sales Partner. "Enterprises demand security and control,
reliability and application integrity, performance and scalability,
without increased demands on IT services teams. Consumerization
delivers new classes of users, new classes of devices and high
densities of highly mobile users. Meru MobileFLEX meets the demands
of each, delivering the ultimate wireless experience, under the full
control of the enterprise."
For more information about Meru MobileFLEX, visit the MobileFLEX
launch landing page on the Meru web site: http://bit.ly/ZNqPEc. There
you will find additional links to videos, whitepapers, applications
briefs and much more!
Please also join WLAN industry expert Craig Mathias of the Farpoint
Group and Robert Crisp, vice president of worldwide system
engineering at Meru for a Webinar entitled, "Advanced WLAN
Architectures for BYOD and Beyond." The event takes place Tuesday,
March 26 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT. Register here:
About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, delivers
and distributes best-of-breed mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi
solutions that are easy to deploy, operate and expand to meet
enterprises ever changing mobility requirements. Meru's MobileFLEX
wireless architecture addresses the market demand for higher
bandwidth and higher client densities with its innovative virtualized
wireless technology, while simultaneously simplifying device
onboarding. It also offers flexible and scalable deployment options
and the unique support for Context-aware Application Layers (CALs) or
dedicated channels for different applications and usage contexts.
Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries
including Fortune 500 businesses, education, healthcare, and
hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and
Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for
This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru
Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies,
including, but not limited to statements regarding: the company's
cloud and 802.11ac readiness, the ability for MobileFLEX to act as a
framework for a growing mobile future, the ability of customers to
upgrade to a future 802.11ac-capable access point from Meru for $499,
the beta release of Systems Director 6.0 and E(z)RF 4.0 in the second
quarter. These forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully
materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ
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