Aruba Pushes Mobile Technology for the Digital Workplace
In addition, Aruba is working on a multi-zone AP technology the CTO said is tentatively being called "AirWall." Currently, when multiple parties use the same AP for their wireless traffic, all that traffic is sent to the same controller, he said. In some situations—for example, where Verizon and AT&T share the same AP—the parties may not want their traffic being sent to the same controller. With Aruba's technology, the traffic from the different parties is sent to the same access point, but from there it can be separated and sent to different controllers. Melkote also gave some insight into what users can expect with the upcoming Aruba OS 8.0 network operating system, which currently is in beta and is expected to be released in the summer. In addressing a demand from customers, Aruba will make the OS—which currently is used in Aruba hardware—available to run in virtual machines that can run in systems in the data center. The move to disaggregate the Aruba OS is part of a larger effort by Aruba to offer more of its products in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, he said,Also at the show, Aruba officials demonstrated what they are calling the CollaborationCube (pictured), an array of capabilities aimed at bringing more intelligence to the meeting room experience. Using such technologies as Aruba Beacons, WiFi technology and software and Microsoft's Skype for Business and Office 365 products, the solution includes an app that customers can use to find and book a meeting room, and then sign into it. When meeting participants approach the room with their mobile devices, their names are automatically put on a small display by the door, and when they sit down, their device automatically connects to Microsoft Surfaces in the room and to displays on the wall that can be used for videos, content sharing and whiteboards. A light in the room lets people know it's being used, and other lights can be used to signal when the end of the meeting is approaching. When the meeting is over and people leave, the lights turn off and the information on the displays disappear, ready for the next meeting. The technology can be used for a range of other capabilities in the room, officials said. Attendees were able to go through a hands-on demonstration during the show, and Aruba is getting ready to have select customers begin testing it this summer.
Aruba also introduced a new location-based mobile feature based on the company's Meridian platform that helps people locate others, something that Atmosphere attendees were finding useful. Location Sharing let's people using the Aruba mobile app to locate others using the app and use a map to direct them to the other person. The company launched the app in beta at the show during Melkote's address.