NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions broadens support for 802.11ac wireless network standard

Fluke NetworksAs more organisations embrace mobile computing and consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to manage their always-on, hyper-connected world, Wi-Fi networks are quickly becoming the backbone for delivering an optimal user experience. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, wired devices will account for just 33 per cent of IP traffic by 2019, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent (1) . Recognising the interdependency of wired and wireless networks, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is rolling out new 802.11ac functionality in two of its most popular portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools, the OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch™ AT Generation 2 Network Assistant.

“People increasingly judge the quality of a network by wireless access performance. If users experience a slow Wi-Fi network, or they can’t connect to it, or they keep losing the connection, their frustration mounts and the entire network becomes suspect,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions. “A faster wireless technology standard like 802.11ac offers significant upside, but only if IT teams can keep the network running at optimal levels. Our expanded support for 802.11ac gives IT leaders peace of mind, knowing their teams can quickly find and fix any wired or wireless performance issue to maximise end-user experience.”

The appetite for Wi-Fi is growing faster than the infrastructure to support it

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit consortium of companies that develop Wi-Fi products and services, more than 42 per cent of the world’s mobile data traffic and more than 90 per cent of the world’s tablet traffic ran over Wi-Fi in 2014, (2). At the same time, the number of network-connected devices continues to grow at a staggering rate of nearly 20 per cent by 2016 (3), according to independent research firm Infonetics.

With the number of enterprise users expected to grow by 10 per cent over the next two years (4) and each of those users more likely to carry one or more connected devices, enterprise organisations are moving quickly to adopt 802.11ac. However, upgrading to 802.11ac is not a simple 1:1 replacement of existing 802.11 technologies.

Everything wireless starts with a wire

The 802.11ac wireless standard promises to triple the speed of Wi-Fi network connections, but unless the entire network infrastructure (both wired and wireless) can handle those speeds, end users aren’t likely to experience the full benefit of 802.11ac. Organisations upgrading to the faster standard need a holistic way to plan, analyse and troubleshoot the entire network infrastructure, rather than relying on multiple point solutions to test separate components of the network.

Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions puts organisations back in control of the performance of their entire IT landscape and the user experience it provides—regardless of whether services are running on wired or wireless networks.

The OptiView XG is the first tablet specifically designed for the network engineer. It automates root cause analysis of both wired and wireless network and application problems, saving the engineer significant time and effort. The new version of OptiView XG comes with the full suite of AirMagnet Mobile tools already built in, letting XG users leverage the industry’s premier wireless network planning, deployment, troubleshooting, and security solution in combination with the market leading wired analysis capabilities.

The OneTouch AT is an automated handheld tester that network technicians use to troubleshoot both Ethernet and Wi-Fi network performance in real time by validating connectivity, service availability and path performance.

Both products are rugged, portable devices, letting IT teams connect, analyse and troubleshoot issues from anywhere—from their desk, in the data centre or at an end user’s location—using a single, integrated wireline and wireless portable tool. This lets network engineers and technicians alike:

• reduce IT costs, simplify workload, and minimise user complaints with instant answers and guidance on security, performance, and voice issues
• simultaneously validate wired and wireless infrastructure performance, mirroring the actual experience of end users
• speed detection, location and resolution of faults, freeing up IT teams to work on other initiatives.

The OptiView XG Network Analysis Table and OneTouch AT G2 Network Assistant with new 802.11ac functionality are now available. For more information about Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions support for 802.11ac, visit http://www.flukenetworks.com/content/80211ac.

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About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com.

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Editorial Note: Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions is a provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience in today’s borderless enterprise. Organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. NETSCOUT is a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. Connect at www.flukenetworks.com.

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1 Cisco Systems. Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2014-2019 White Paper. May 2015. Available online at http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/ip-ngn-ip-next-generation-network/white_paper_c11-481360.html
2 Wi-Fi Alliance. 2014 Annual Report. Available online at http://www.nxtbook.com/splash/WiFi_Alliance/wifi_annualreport2014.php
3 Infonetics. IHS Infonetics Wireless LAN Equipment and WiFi Phones Report. June 2015. Available online at: https://www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=963
4 Ibid.

The Glennie School (QLD) implements Meru Networks 802.11ac wireless solution

Wavelink LogoAugust 21, 2014 – The Glennie School, a private K-12 Anglican day and boarding school for girls in Toowoomba, Queensland, has implemented Meru Networks’ 802.11ac wireless solution to provide seamless wireless access to the school’s 250 staff and 850 students.

The school implemented the solution in Term 1 2014, through Wavelink, the Australian distributor for Meru Networks, and Computelec, its reseller and Meru Networks Platinum Partner.

The wireless solution comprises almost 100 AP832i 802.11ac access points (APs) that cover the entire campus and support the school’s one-to-one laptop program and Google cloud environment.

Matthew Russell, IT Manager, The Glennie School, said, “The Glennie School was looking to upgrade to 802.11ac from its previous wireless solution. The school chose Meru Networks because of its experience in providing comprehensive wireless solutions, particularly in 802.11ac.”

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “As the local distributor for Meru Networks, Wavelink is seeing increasing interest in 802.11ac wireless solutions. Particularly, in the education sector, where learning needs to be uninterrupted, it is important to look at ways of leveraging technology to provide the best quality of learning.”

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About The Glennie School
The Glennie School is an all-girls day and boarding school, located in Toowoomba, Queensland. Glennie provides a well-rounded education, from Kindergarten to Year 12, grounded by Christian values within the Anglican ethos.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Spectralink, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Independent test validates Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi as 40 per cent faster than Cisco and 100 per cent faster than Aruba

Wavelink LogoJune 18, 2014 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, has announced the results of extensive 802.11ac competitive testing conducted by leading independent laboratory The Tolly Group, in which Meru outperformed Cisco in seven of eight and Aruba in all eight multi-AP, multi-client test cases. The tests showed conclusively that the overall performance of the 802.11ac Meru AP832 Wi-Fi access point is far superior to the directly comparable Cisco® AP3702i and Aruba® AP225.

The differences were most significant in the video streaming traffic test, in which the Meru AP832 was 43 per cent faster than the Cisco 3702i and 103 per cent faster than the Aruba AP225. Meru also demonstrated far lower latency when streaming video – 56 per cent lower than Cisco and 61 per cent lower than Aruba.

Download the full report, with test configuration details, here: http://bit.ly/1iuwQA0.

“The 802.11ac specification enables great gains in performance and all WLAN vendors seek to aggressively capitalise on its full potential,” said Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group. “Meru has demonstrated, with their 802.11ac AP832 access point, a clear performance advantage over its competitors in our labs.”

The testing varied the traffic by type and direction, including downstream and bidirectional data, bidirectional VoIP and unidirectional/downstream video streaming. Tests were conducted in both multi- and single-AP configurations.

“The results of the Tolly testing conclusively demonstrate that Meru’s AP832 is the fastest enterprise-grade access point in the market,” said Manish Rai, vice president of corporate marketing at Meru. “Meru’s network-in-control-based MobileFLEX architecture provides Meru 802.11ac customers measurable and sustainable performance advantages over the competition.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a registered trademark of Cisco and/or its affiliates. Aruba Networks® is a registered trademark of aruba networks, inc. or its subsidiaries in various countries.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Spectralink, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

New Meru dual-802.11ac-radio access point gives customers two 80MHz channels at 5Ghz for up to 3X the performance of 802.11n

Wavelink LogoJuly 17, 2013 – Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU) has announced the Meru AP832, the market’s fastest 802.11ac access point. Meru’s superior 802.11ac speed is attributable to the Virtual Cell, a single-channel option provided by the MobileFLEX architecture and its support for the use of 80MHz channels as outlined in the IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. Competitors’ wireless architectures largely restrict support for 40MHz channels due to limited channel availability, reducing data rates to approximately half of the 1.3 Gbps-per-radio that the specification allows.

The Meru 802.11ac solution stands alone in its ability to enable the use of three spatial streams over two 802.11ac radios on standard 802.3af power. This eliminates the need for customers to upgrade their entire Ethernet switching infrastructure, as currently required by many Meru competitors when deploying their 802.11ac solutions.

“Ubiquitous and instantaneous access to information resources is essential to ensuring the best possible learning experience for our students and is essential to our future,” said David W. Johnson, head of Technology Services and  Support (TSS) at the University of Houston. “The adoption of Wi-Fi devices on the University of Houston campus has been explosive. Students are likely to carry two or three Wi-Fi enabled devices at any given time and all-encompassing Wi-Fi use in the classroom will soon be the norm.

The promise of IEEE 802.11ac to serve up media rich content in highly dense environments makes it a top priority and is driving UH to get out ahead of the curve. We feel that we need to be working with 802.11ac today, learning what it can do and how to leverage it to increase access, improve service and security, and reduce our costs by enabling a shift from wired to wireless infrastructure.”

“Bellarmine is committed to staying on the leading edge of technology adoption to ensure that our students have the best possible learning experience,” said Chris Carey, tech director at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. “We’re currently in the midst of launching a one-to-one iPad initiative for the 2013-2014 school year and are working closely with Meru to ensure that our WLAN solution exhibits the perfect blend of density, performance and control.  Meru’s .11ac solutions will play a critical role in helping us advance our technology leadership position and support future education technology initiatives.”

A Northeast US K-12 school district encompassing more than 240 schools and almost 150,000 students also chose Meru 802.11ac solutions for its extensive 802.11ac deployment.

802.11ac adoption will be driven by the quickly-growing number of mobile devices, the BYOD trend and high-bandwidth applications such as HD video, video conferencing and cloud-based services and storage. Consumer devices such as smart phones and tablets supporting 802.11ac are available now. ABI Research estimates that there will be 1.5 billion 802.11ac smart phones and tablets in the market by 2016.

“With the advent of the new 802.11ac standard, WLAN Infrastructures are expected to see early adopter deployments in the enterprise this year, largely focused on addressing the need to support rapid growth and density of BYOD devices. This is coupled with the transition of video, collaboration and cloud applications towards becoming relatively ubiquitous in highly-productive mobile enterprises,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure, IDC.

“Meru’s new AP832 access points feature a two-radio and three spatial stream design that can tap the full potential of 802.11ac with high bandwidth and capacity to meet the challenges of high density environments and multi-media rich applications.” 

NEW 802.11ac AP832 access point – the Meru advantage
Building on the Meru MobileFLEX architecture, the AP832 features an industry-leading design with two dual-band 802.11ac-supporting radios capable of simultaneously transmitting on the 5Ghz band. This allows users to overlay 802.11ac APs on 802.11n networks to solve capacity problems in high density environments. The AP832 also enables the use of three spatial streams with only standard 802.3af power over Ethernet (PoE), helping customers avoid forklift upgrades to their switching infrastructures as required by many competitors. The AP832 access point enables customers to address the challenges created by high-density client environments and increased client diversity by leveraging the full potential of 802.11ac. It is also backwards-compatible to support 802.11n clients in both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.

Meru AP832 access points are designed to fit into existing Meru AP332 (802.11n) mounting brackets, enabling quick and easy plug-and-play upgrades.

802.11ac migration
Meru has gone to great lengths to ensure a seamless upgrade path from 802.11n to 802.11ac. Meru controllers can be upgraded to support 802.11ac using Meru System Director 6.0 software. To take advantage of 802.11ac, customers do need to buy 802.11ac AP832 access points.

“Meru’s single-channel option, part of the MobileFLEX architecture, gives the company measurable advantages over the other vendors in the market, all of whom require multiple channels to avoid co-channel interference and are therefore limited in their ability to achieve full 1.3 Gbps 802.11ac data rates,” said Manish Rai, vice president of marketing at Meru. “The flexibility and scalability of the Meru architecture ensures that our customers get the full benefit of the 802.11ac specification.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualised Wi-Fi solutions. Meru’s MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device on-boarding and the company’s unique Context-aware Application Layers enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications, devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500 businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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