Red Hat ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index Reveals Mobile Adoption Is Steadily Rising

Redhat Logo While many organisations in Australia and New Zealand have established an enterprise mobile strategy, there is still work to be done to get the full benefits, according to findings from the ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index report, released today by Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions.

The study, which provides a snapshot of enterprise mobile strategies and adoption across Australia and New Zealand, found that 65 per cent of respondents have an enterprise mobile strategy in place. Yet, just 15 per cent of respondents have a mobile-first strategy, which means that mobile devices and applications are used across the organisation as a means to transform business processes to drive innovation in a unified way.

To be successful in gaining the benefits from their mobile strategy, organisations should evolve in a way that supports both the agility of new mobile initiatives and the stability of core IT functions. Infrastructure that supports an agile approach to mobility-based business solutions gives organisations the capacity to quickly make changes and innovate.

Key findings from the Index include:

  • Many enterprise mobile strategies are internal-facing. 64 per cent of respondents are targeting employees with their mobile strategies, while 27 per cent are targeting customers. This suggests there is room for organisations to respond to increased demand from customers to engage with organisations via mobile platforms.
  • Security is a major challenge to enterprise mobility development. Almost 80 per cent of respondents identified security as a ‘high priority’ (45 per cent) or second ’high priority’ (33 per cent) challenge to the mature development of an enterprise mobile strategy. This is followed by back-end integration, with 23 per cent of respondents identifying it as a ‘high priority’ challenge. This is not surprising, given the close relationship between the two, as organisations must focus not only on securing data but also securely integrating apps into business systems. Many platform solutions and Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) platforms today are designed to address both needs.
  • IT skills shortages are preventing mobile maturity. Just over half (51 per cent) of respondents indicated that their companies do not have the right skills internally to develop and support their mobile enterprise strategy. This suggests the ANZ region is experiencing a skills shortage in the areas of mobile integration and application development. Organisations should consider using a central mobile platform to foster collaboration between internal and external third parties to help alleviate these resource and skills issues.

 Methodology

The Red Hat ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index canvassed the opinions of 150 senior IT and management decision-makers (89 in Australia and 61 in New Zealand). The Index was conducted by third-party marketing company Outsource and sponsored by Red Hat.

Supporting Quote

Max McLaren, regional vice president and general manager, Red Hat

“Enterprise mobility adoption is steadily rising in Australia and New Zealand as organisations find new ways to streamline operational efficiency, increase productivity, and collaborate more effectively. Over time, more and more organisations are expected to overcome the barriers holding back their mobile strategies, which we believe will lead to an increased focus on enterprise mobility in the coming years.”

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Meru brings virtualised mobility solutions to the enterprise cloud

Wavelink LogoMarch 15, 2012 – Meru Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ:MERU), a pioneer in 802.11n wireless enterprise networking, has announced a set of new Meru WLAN solutions that can be deployed on-premise, within virtualised private cloud environments, or as subscription-based, hosted applications. Meru’s new line of Virtual Mobility Controllers are VMware-based virtual appliances that operate on standard x86 computing platforms in datacentre or private cloud environments. Meru’s E(z)RF services and the Meru Identity Manager guest access products are also now available as virtual, hosted solutions. The new solutions improve efficiency and datacenter utilisation while giving IT unprecedented choice and control with deployment options that meet their individual needs and give them flexibility as they deal with the flood of devices in the enterprise.

“As BYOD stresses the limits of network capacity and WLAN management, enterprises must explore new ways to serve the thousands of devices and applications that enter the environment, while achieving operational efficiency,” said Ihab Abu-Hakima, CEO of Meru.

“Meru Network’s new virtual, cloud-based solutions give enterprises greater choice and control over how wireless networks are deployed and managed. The result is a highly dynamic wireless environment, tuned for mobility and able to meet the demands of users while realising the benefits of cloud computing and datacentre virtualisation.”

Virtualised Meru System Director WLAN operating system and controllers
The heart of the Meru mobility solution is the dynamic System Director software. Proven in thousands of enterprises around the globe, Meru System Director is now available as a virtual appliance and designed to operate on standard x86 computing platforms. Meru System Director can be deployed on-premise within existing datacentres or in private cloud environments. Meru’s unique, single-cell, 802.11x standard architecture the delivers all the robust functionality needed to manage thousands of high-demand Wi-Fi devices—yet it is the industry’s simplest to implement, manage and administer. The architecture enables simple deployment and configuration of all access points across the enterprise as well as network performance tuning and measurement using Meru’s E(z)RF management suite. The new cloud-enabled version of System Director further simplifies deployment and operation of the WLAN by enabling IT to leverage the power, familiarity and flexibility of the private cloud and virtual machine infrastructure that is already in place in their enterprise datacentre.

“IT and Network Managers are increasingly looking at different architectural options for their enterprise wireless deployments,” said Rohit Mehra, director of enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC. “Solutions such as the ones now being offered by Meru provide deployment flexibility and optimal management and control. The ability to have virtual controllers, traditional appliance-based controllers or a mix gives IT the ability to adopt new technology that suits the type and topology of the enterprise, without compromising existing investments in network infrastructure.”

For private cloud and datacentre deployments, enterprises have the additional option of selecting virtual editions of Meru WLAN controllers, purpose built appliances for optimal scale and performance. Virtual editions of Meru’s popular MC1500, MC3200, MC4200 Mobility Controllers support the same number of access points and prove the same level of throughput as their dedicated hardware equivalents.

Virtualised and cloud-hosted application services
Meru management tools, Identity Manager and the E(z)RF Mobility Manager, are now available as subscription-based, hosted applications. Meru Identity Manager automatically and securely provisions devices, with little or no IT support. The Meru E(z)RF Mobility Manager suite is an intelligent and comprehensive management system that provides centralised management through RF visualisation, wireless performance dashboards and fault management for enterprise wireless LANs.

These applications are also available as VMware virtual appliances and can operate on-premise in existing datacentre infrastructure, or off-premise, leveraging cloud infrastructure from standard vendors. The new products and deployment options give IT departments the ability to effectively manage and control WLAN infrastructure as the number of devices, applications and users increase.

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) sells virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru’s innovative network-in-control architecture virtualises wireless access and produces an intelligent, self-monitoring WLAN. Moving to Meru lets enterprises migrate business-critical applications from wired networks to an all-wireless network able to handle the diversity and density of mobile communication devices. Meru’s unique “network-in-control” wireless architecture is used by all major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, health care, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and government. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and operates worldwide. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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 Bradford Networks. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

New Polycom Wireless Server offers future-proof mobility solution for SMBs

Wavelink Communications, distributors of Polycom’s voice communications solutions, has released the Polycom KIRK Wireless Server (KWS) 2500, a flexible and future-proof DECT wireless solution tailored to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Part of Polycom’s range of adjunct DECT systems that provide wireless extensions to virtually any voice platform, the KWS 2500 lets companies deploy reliable, enterprise-grade wireless telephony at an affordable price and can be easily and inexpensively upgraded to a larger DECT solution as the business grows ensuring that SMBs are prepared for the future.

The KWS 2500 is aimed at SMB’s that currently rely on an analogue phone system, and provides affordable migration to Voice over IP (VoIP) by protecting a company’s current investments. It supports both analogue and SIP VoIP interfaces, and allows progressive or complete migration from analogue to IP telephony without investing in a new wireless server, DECT radio infrastructure or handsets.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “The Polycom KWS 2500 gives small to medium businesses access to the same advanced features available to large enterprises – at an affordable price, helping them to do business more efficiently and remain competitive in a tough market.”

The KWS 2500 is well suited for SMBs such as car repair shops, car dealers, small manufacturing environments and smaller retail stores, where employees must be responsive and efficient while also maintaining mobility within the workplace.

Key features and benefits of the Polycom KWS 2500 include:
* supports up to 150 wireless users and up to 32 simultaneous calls
* runs on an open interface, which lets the server integrate with third-party applications
* future-proof solution due to flexibility, scalability and easy upgrade
* step-by-step or instant migration from analogue to VoIP interface
* graphical user interface (GUI) management program that includes various analysis tools, statistics, and error detection
* built on the Polycom’s proven digital enhanced cordless telecommunication (DECT) technology
* compatible with all KIRK infrastructure elements and handsets.

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

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.