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.

Meru and Wavelink team up to bring virtualised WLAN solutions to Australian enterprises

Wavelink LogoMarch 9, 2012 – Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) and its Australian distributor Wavelink have announced expansion plans in the Australian region with the addition of a dedicated team of Meru technical sales professionals comprising territory account managers and sales engineers. Meru and Wavelink will bring Meru’s advanced wireless solutions, easy to deploy and manage, to enterprises that are attempting to support the thousands of devices that are flooding their enterprises. The team will focus on target markets including education, healthcare, enterprise, government and hospitality.

The team will work with end-customers in the design and implementation of Meru virtualised wireless WLANs that give IT managers an important degree of choice in deploying their mobility infrastructure. Wavelink’s existing resellers located in Melbourne and Sydney will co-sell Meru WLAN solutions and lead network implementations in the K-12, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise markets. In addition, Wavelink will extend engineering and inside sales support out of the Sydney office.

These sales and engineering support capabilities are being added in the Australian market during a period of high growth for wireless network technology in the region. Since forming the initial partnership with Meru in 2009, Wavelink’s sales of Meru’s products have grown dramatically and the company is on track to increase its sales of Meru solutions by more than 50 per cent year-over-year.

David Kelly, vice president of international sales for Meru Networks, said, “Meru and Wavelink have achieved fantastic results over the last two years as they have helped customers address the challenge of accommodating of the influx of Wi-Fi devices entering their environment daily. Working together we will jointly deliver solutions across the key vertical industries in Australia.”

Meru’s industry-leading integrated WLAN solutions are designed to deliver the scale, capacity, security and manageability necessitated by the BYOD phenomenon. Meru solutions are engineered from the ground up to be simple to use, easy to manage and provide a rapid return on investment as enterprises build out their wireless networks.

Secure BYOD access with minimal IT overhead
In addition to other products, Meru and Wavelink will bring Meru’s guest management solutions to Australian companies, greatly simplifying network access and management for wired and wireless environments. Meru Smart Connect, an optional feature for Identity Manager, is designed for the most dense and diverse environments where guest access is stressing the capacity of IT departments. Smart Connect enables automatic detection of devices as they connect to the wireless LAN and provides simple configuration for secure guest access across all operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android and Mac OS. It features one-click self-provisioning of devices in accordance with IT security policies. Identity Manager provides common functionality across wired and wireless environments, and supports multi-vendor wireless LAN environments.

“Our products provide best-in-class wireless connectivity for large-scale environments where BYOD is the norm,” continued Kelly. “Our solutions are designed specifically for the rigors of BYOD, simplifying WLAN management and minimising IT overhead. We’re thrilled to be working with such a great partner as we bring these solutions to this market.”

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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.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements and information. All statements other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward- looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to those statements regarding Meru’s ability to bring advanced wireless solutions to Australian enterprises, the ability to design and implement wireless LANs to give IT managers a degree of choice in deploying their mobility infrastructure, and the ability to jointly deliver solutions across key vertical industries in Australia. We have identified some of these forward-looking statements with words like “believe,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” and other words and terms of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the market for Meru’s solutions may not grow as the company expects; risks related to a lengthening customer approval processes, including lengthening of budget approval processes and funding uncertainty for domestic education customers; the risk that continuing investment in sales and marketing coverage and capacity will fail to diversify the company’s customer mix or mitigate against the uncertainty of governmental funding; and the other risks and uncertainties described under the caption “Risk Factors” in Meru Networks’ quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on November 8, 2011, as well as additional reports filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial conditions, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, new developments or otherwise.