Meru expands security capabilities with acquisition of Identity Networks

September 9, 2011 – Meru Networks, Inc., a pioneer in 802.11n wireless LAN, has announced that it has acquired Identity Networks, provider of the industry’s most complete secure guest and device access management solution. Through the acquisition, Meru customers can easily provide secure, policy based, wired and wireless network access  for guests and employees that bring their own devices (BYOD) into the enterprise.

The Identity Networks product has been used across the Meru installed base as an integrated, third-party security solution, and is proven to work in a variety of environments.  It provides simple provisioning capabilities and automatic notification services that give guests their access credentials by email or SMS. It also includes powerful reporting, auditing and customisation capabilities. The Identity Networks system is highly scalable, flexible and decreases the IT burden of guest provisioning and management as guests can be given access by non-IT personnel such as reception and administrative staff members.

“Enterprises must provide secure, auditable access to hundreds, or even thousands of devices that enter the enterprise daily,” said Kamal Anand, senior vice president of Product Management. “Provisioning, managing and securing network access for guest and employee owned Wi-Fi devices can be a tedious and inefficient process—especially as the number and variety of devices multiplies within the environment.  The addition of Identity Networks to the Meru family of security products builds upon our already strong security offerings, and provides another important component of overall network security.  These advancements are critical as we look forward to the all wireless enterprise of the future.”

About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks develops and markets a virtualised wireless LAN solution that cost-effectively optimises the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility.  Meru’s solution represents an innovative approach to wireless networking that utilises virtualisation technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises.  Meru’s solutions have been adopted in major industry vertical markets, including education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and retail. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

Wavelink chosen as Australian distributor for Identity Networks’ guest network access and management products

Melbourne, March 15, 2011 – Wavelink, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless, communication and network access and security solutions, has announced it has been appointed as the Australian distributor for Identity Networks’ simple and secure guest network access and management products – Guest Manager and Policy Manager.

Identity Networks is the world’ s leading provider of Guest Management Servers, and has been deployed in more than 2,000 of the world’s largest organisations, in all vertical markets including finance, energy, IT, education, government, healthcare, retail and hospitality. Customers include Cisco who has deployed it to meet their own internal guest access needs.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “Distributing Identity Networks’ guest network and access management products ties in with Wavelink’s strategy to expand our existing portfolio and deliver a complementary set of wireless and network solutions.

Mark Jones, managing director, Identity Networks, said, “Identity Networks’ products give organisations a way of simply, yet effectively deploying secure guest networks and managing documents to ensure compliance and audit trail in a business environment that is increasingly being exposed to risks and malicious attacks.

“Wavelink was selected as our Australian distribution partner because of its experience with large scale wireless networks and our solutions complement the work that Wavelink does in this area extremely well.”

Guest Manager
Guest Manager is an appliance-based solution that gives organisations the ability to securely deploy and easily manage guest access, integrating with existing network infrastructure, rather than needing overlay components to provide the network access and enforcement.

Policy Manager
Policy Manager gives organisations a quick and simple way of issuing, and enforcing standard operating procedures, policies and staff notifications. It provides a relevant, up-to-date library of role-related documentation to each employee.

It also provides a fully auditable path for any given policy, recording the creation, revision, and publication process along with the uptake of, and user compliance with, each and every policy or document published and can be used to enforce these policies by preventing network access to non-compliant users in association with a network access control device.

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About Identity Networks
Identity Networks has been delivering guest management and identity solutions for network access since its inception in 2006. Privately held and run by its owners, the company has been built by adding experts in many areas to deliver visionary solutions that its customers love.

A strong focus on usability and security by the team has enabled its industry leading products to be deployed to thousands of customers, with deployments from companies with hundreds of employees up to Fortune 100 organisations.

About Wavelink
Wavelink (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge business IP, wireless, communication and network security and access solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Polycom, Digium, Cisco, AirTight, Nomadix and Identity Networks.