Aruba Lays Groundwork for All-Wireless Workplace
The company's Mobility-Defined Networks initiative is aimed at helping businesses create an infrastructure for the #GenMobile employees.Aruba Networks is unveiling a range of new technologies that officials say will help organizations create a better wireless environment that will help them meet the demands of the new generation of mobile workers. Aruba on March 12 launched its Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks architecture and five software solutions designed to enable businesses to build an all-wireless workplace that offers pervasive WiFi, automated security for guests and those employees who use their own mobile devices at work, and communications applications for mobile devices that work better. Such an environment will help businesses improve the job satisfaction and productivity of what Aruba calls the #GenMobile employees. In a survey of more than 5,000 workers worldwide that was released in January, Aruba found that this up-and-coming generation of employees is highly mobile, is very attached to their smartphones and tablets, wants to work remotely and demands flexible schedules that allow them to work nontraditional hours. The desires of the #GenMobile workers dovetail with the growing rise of such trends as greater worker mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices, and organizations need to take this into account when dealing with these younger employees, according to Aruba officials. "In order to attract and keep the best employees, businesses need to start looking for solutions to ensure levels of empowerment and productivity in this emerging working world," Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba, said when the report was released. "Ultimately, many will have to totally redefine traditional work environments."
Aruba's new architecture and offerings are aimed at helping businesses do just that. The Mobility-Defined Networks strategy aims to make enterprise networks more intelligent and automated so that they can quickly and automatically adjust to changes in wireless demands. Such changes would result in adjustments in performance optimization and security, making the network more dynamic than what company officials said are more static traditional WiFi infrastructures.