Fortinet closes acquisition of Meru Networks

Wavelink LogoFortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, has announced it has closed the acquisition of Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking. With the close of this acquisition, Fortinet expands on its secure wireless vision and enterprise growth focus, broadens the company’s solutions portfolio, and expands its opportunity to uniquely address the $5B global enterprise Wi-Fi market with integrated and intelligent secure wireless solutions.

Fortinet’s proven solutions in secure Wi-Fi markets, with its FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiWiFi integrated security appliances for enterprise branch offices and small businesses have been among the fastest growing products in the company’s “advanced technologies” portfolio. The addition of Meru’s intelligent Wi-Fi solutions to the Fortinet portfolio extends the delivery of a secure, uninterrupted user experience – anytime anywhere – providing peak performance in environments requiring high capacity load and a high-density of wireless users, such as enterprise, education, healthcare, and hospitality.

“To truly protect against all possible attack vectors, we are continuing to expand our market-leading end-to-end security platform to provide customers with the visibility and continuous threat protection they need – from the data centre, to the cloud to the end-point,” said Ken Xie, founder, chairman and CEO of Fortinet. “We expect the acquisition of Meru to help us deliver new solutions and services to help enterprises of all sizes deploy, manage, and secure wired and wireless networks in a mobile era.”

Fortinet and Meru customers will benefit from Fortinet’s commitment to providing secure, uninterrupted connectivity for their highly mobile end-users, while offering channel partners a broader solutions portfolio to take to market.

With the completion of the transaction, Meru employees officially join Fortinet.

In connection with the acquisition, Fortinet is paying $1.63 per Meru share in cash, an equity value of approximately $44 million for the transaction. Fortinet first completed the tender offer for all outstanding shares of Meru by accepting for payment all such shares validly tendered and not properly withdrawn as of the expiration time of the tender offer, which represented approximately 60.18% of Meru’s outstanding shares. Subsequently, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortinet merged with and into Meru, resulting in Meru becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortinet. As a result of the merger, all remaining shares of Meru not purchased by Fortinet in the tender offer (other than shares owned by Meru, Fortinet or their subsidiaries and shares subject to properly exercised appraisal rights claims) were converted into the right to receive the aforementioned cash payment. All shares of Meru are expected to be delisted from the NASDAQ stock market.

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organisations across the globe. The company’s fast, secure and global cyber security solutions provide broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT infrastructure. They are strengthened by the industry’s highest level of threat research, intelligence and analytics. Unlike pure-play network security providers, Fortinet can solve organisations’ most important security challenges, whether in networked, application or mobile environments – be it virtualised/cloud or physical. More than 210,000 customers worldwide, including some of the largest and most complex organisations, trust Fortinet to protect their brands. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog or FortiGuard Labs.

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Spectralink grows with demand for enterprise-grade Voice over Wi-Fi devices

Wavelink LogoOctober 3, 2014 — Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has seen an increase in market share within the company’s Wi-Fi sales of 10 percentage points over the last three quarters, according to a new report by market research firm, Infonetics.

This success follows the launch of PIVOT™ by Spectralink earlier this year. PIVOT is the first purpose-built mobile handset to combine the usability of consumer smartphone-like features with the quality, durability and reliability essential for in-building mobile employees to improve workplace communication.

Since launching PIVOT in February this year, Spectralink is working with partners on more than 80 deployments across the world. As the specialist in mobile communications solutions for the workplace, Spectralink has established itself as a leading provider of mobile devices for the healthcare, retail and manufacturing sectors. It now counts 33 partners, and growing, in its exclusive AIMS (Application Integration and Management Solvers) partner network, and continues to dominate the sector with its innovative and industry-leading WorkSmart solutions.

PIVOT’s success since its launch is further evidence that the BYOD trend is not appropriate in many industries. Consumer devices, unlike purpose-built devices, cannot meet the various needs of security, durability, reliability and total cost of ownership in specific sectors.

“We have spent the past seven months building on the success of PIVOT and improving its features following customer feedback, and are now on version 3.0 of our principal product,” said Sten Dyrmose, CEO of Spectralink. “The feedback we’ve received, along with our vigorous testing in real-life situations, has resulted in a more mature product. PIVOT provides a stable platform to support the fundamental requirements of mobile employees in environments such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing.”

Dyrmose added, “Our focus is solely on purpose-built devices. We are specialists in this field and we are leaders because of this. We work with our ecosystem of partners to ensure that our devices combine the best-in-breed solutions from across the market for true interoperability and unrivalled performance.”

Built on the industry-standard Android™ operating system, PIVOT is instantly familiar out-of-the-box, including intuitive smartphone-like usability and access to applications. Spectralink prides itself on its industry leading technologies and the recent upgrade to Android™ KitKat ensures that PIVOT is current for today’s business user.

PIVOT is available in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand with the list price starting at US $895. PIVOT is part of the 87-Series Voice over Wi-Fi handset family, and is available through an exclusive set of reseller partners.

Yesterday, Spectralink announced a strategic partnership with Voalte and named Voalte a reseller of PIVOT. Click here for more information on the Voalte news and for more details on PIVOT visit www.spectralink.com/PIVOT.

About Spectralink

Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call +1 303-441-7500.

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 Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Spectralink announces staff safety solution for Wi-Fi handsets

8453 BlackJune 4, 2013 — Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has announced the immediate availability of Spectralink SAFE for Wi-Fi, a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets.

With this release, the Spectralink SAFE solution is now available for handsets in both the Wi-Fi and DECT product lines. Spectralink SAFE will help solve the ever-increasing issue of safety in the workplace for mobile workers in healthcare, retail and manufacturing environments.

Originally only available on the DECT product line, Spectralink SAFE now includes support for two new durable handsets, the Spectralink 8441 and 8453. These come equipped with advanced “man-down” duress-alarm capabilities, ranging from a user-initiated call for help to automatic, multiple alarms that detect when an employee has fallen, is no longer moving or is running, ensuring the most rapid response to emergency situations. The Spectralink SAFE solution conveniently integrates into an organisation’s existing mobile communications infrastructure at no extra cost and allows customers to immediately provide safer environments for their workers.

Mike Lanciloti, Spectralink Vice President of Marketing and Product Management added, “Healthcare, retail and manufacturing enterprises all have inherent safety issues, from patient altercations in psychiatric and Emergency Departments, to lone worker situations in a manufacturing plant, or injury-related accidents in retail stores. The Spectralink SAFE solution enhances our portfolio of communications tools for the mobile worker to include this critical capability to help solve the important issue of keeping staff as safe as possible.”

The Spectralink SAFE solution is enabled globally through the company’s valued network of application partners. 
– Europe – NovaLink, Bluesky Wireless, FlexValley, and Lantel
– North America – Amcom Software and Connexall
– Australia – Local Alarm Solutions

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About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 303- 441-7500.

Fluke Networks’ AirMagnet Survey PRO first to use real-world data to ensure Wi-Fi networks are ready for Cisco Location Services

AM SurveyApril 30, 2013Fluke Networks has announced that AirMagnet Survey PRO is the first to offer pre-configured profiles that use real-world wireless data to help wireless engineers instantly determine, with a higher level of accuracy than ever before, whether or not a network adheres to Cisco’s best practices for deploying Cisco Location Services. With just one click, organisations can improve wireless rollouts, eliminating the need for costly post-deployment redesigns.

“Cisco Location Services allows organisations to use wireless for more than just traditional connectivity so they can track devices and personnel via tags and their mobile devices on a wireless network. But, for this service to be successful, customers need to meet certain critical wireless infrastructure requirements,” said Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing for the wireless networking group at Cisco. “AirMagnet Survey PRO’s new integration of Cisco Location Services profiles allows customers to quickly gauge readiness based on real-world data, which brings a new level of accuracy to the process.”

AirMagnet Survey PRO is the industry’s most accurate solution for planning and designing 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LANs (WLAN) for optimal performance, security and compliance. For Cisco Location Services to work optimally, there are strict wireless network guidelines including access point placement, access point separation distance, minimum signal level thresholds, preparedness for voice and data coexistence, and more. Therefore, it is important to maximise the accuracy and minimise variance between simulated and real-world data when determining readiness for the service.

“When deploying key wireless services, it’s vital to survey the network and gather real-world information that is representative of actual network performance. Cisco Location Services offer customers an innovative capability that can be strategically deployed to track personnel and ensure security, but verifying that the network can support this service is critical,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Working with Cisco to optimise AirMagnet Survey PRO will help customers streamline the process and more successfully deploy Cisco Location Services based on real-world wireless data.”

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About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks’ AirMagnet on Twitter @FlukeNetWIFI, Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Meru survey of healthcare leaders shows while Wi-Fi adoption increases, technology integration is in early stages

March 5, 2013 – Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualised wireless LAN solutions, has released the results from a February 2013 survey of healthcare IT leaders on their Wi-Fi uses and needs. The survey, conducted annually, revealed three significant patterns.

Wi-Fi enabled medical device adoption lags other uses of Wi-Fi in hospital
While 85 per cent of hospitals use computers on wheels (CoW/WoW) and 73 per cent allow patients and visitors to access Wi-Fi, only 43 per cent of hospitals are using Life-Critical technologies such as smart pumps or telemetry on Wi-Fi. This low adoption of Life-Critical technology is especially interesting given that 77 per cent have some major concern with their WLAN infrastructure.

Of those with concerns, 55 per cent say that they regard performance, capacity or guaranteeing performance for critical applications, while for 29 per cent the major concern is security. More than a third of respondents are constraining their use of Wi-Fi due to limitations in reliability and performance. Fifty-seven per cent of those running life-critical applications deploy a separate network to run those applications.

Mobile computing adoption is primarily focused on EMR/EHR
Despite only 40 per cent of hospitals claiming Wi-Fi deployment across 100 per cent of their campuses, they continue to deploy additional mobile healthcare devices to clinicians. Eighty-five per cent currently have CoW/WoW and 56 per cent of the respondents indicated that more than a quarter of the work currently being done on CoW/WoW would shift to smartphones and tablets within three years.

Seventy-nine per cent of respondents indicated that they allow clinicians to bring their own mobile devices (BYOD) into hospitals and use them while on the job. Eighty five per cent responded that Wi-Fi is important for “Meaningful Use.” With the focus on “Meaningful Use”, it is not surprising that 49 per cent of respondents support EMR/CPOE on tablets or smartphones.

Technology integration is still in early stages
Only seven per cent of hospitals have integrated alarms with mobility devices used by clinicians and 37 per cent of respondents are using Wi-Fi for nurse call systems. Integration of such technologies can assist hospitals in responding quickly to patient’s needs.

“The results of this survey align closely with what we heard from hospital CIOs while developing Meru’s UCN,” said Kamal Anand, senior vice president and general manager of the healthcare business unit at Meru. “Meru is intently focused on collaborating closely with life-critical medical device vendors and mission-critical solution vendors to foster much-needed integration required for modern healthcare delivery.”

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops, and distributes 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 Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualised network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.

New Wi-Fi sensor from Fluke Networks eases BYOD challenge and reduces installation costs by up to two thirds

Fn-am-sensorSeptember 19, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new dedicated sensor for Wi-Fi network monitoring that eliminates the need for Ethernet cabling, and reduces the cost by up to two thirds in situations where cable installation is restricted from a time, cost or logistics perspective.* With its quick and easy installation, three internal radios and Wireless Connect feature, the SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise instantly extends Wi-Fi security and performance monitoring, providing immediate coverage in the face of explosive wireless LAN (WLAN) and the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) growth.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “With WLAN growth approaching $1-billion-per-quarter,# and the dramatic increase in BYOD, the areas in which organisations need Wi-Fi performance and monitoring coverage is increasing exponentially.

“The SmartEdge sensor provides a solution to help secure and monitor the network by eliminating roadblocks caused by Ethernet cabling.”

For customers where Ethernet cable is already available or not cost restricted to install, the new SmartEdge Sensor can leverage its internal radios (two 802.11n 3×3 MIMO 450 Mbps plus one for dedicated spectrum analysis) for 24×7 security monitoring, scanning and rogue detection, combined with client performance verification via AirMagnet Enterprise’s Automated Health Check (AHC) feature. AHC proactively tests and verifies WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud and identifies issues before they impact the organisation.

In addition, the SmartEdge sensor has been completely redesigned with a “fade-into-the background” enclosure, an integrated drop ceiling mount and recessed cable entry. The sensor also features increased memory capacity and support for 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet.

Availability
The new SmartEdge Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet Enterprise is available immediately. For more information, please contact Fluke Australia at sales@fluke.com.au.

*According to Fluke Networks customer research of customers with high-cost installations.
# Infonetics Research, Wireless LAN Equipment and Wi-Fi Phones, 2012.

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About AirMagnet Enterprise
AirMagnet Enterprise is a centralised wireless intrusion prevention system that proactively protects Wi-Fi networks and users from all types of threats, ensuring maximum network performance and uptime, and arms staff with the tools to solve problems quickly and remotely. The solution provides full-time automated analysis of all Wi-Fi traffic, channels, devices, their connection state, as well as optional spectrum analysis of non-Wi-Fi devices and sources of interference. It includes Dynamic Threat Update (DTU) technology for immediate protection against emerging threats, and an Automated Health Check feature for proactively monitoring WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com

Fluke Networks’ AirMapper App for Android provides first heat map of Wi-Fi network throughput on a smart device; ensures networks are BYOD ready

BYODinfographic_final_smAugust 30, 2012Fluke Networks has announced the AirMapper™ App, the first application for Android™ that provides a visual heat map of Wi-Fi throughput performance on smartphone and tablet devices.

While existing solutions can map speed and signal strength or perform throughput spot checks, the AirMapper App is the first to provide a visual throughput map, which is key to optimising Wi-Fi networks by taking the actual user experience of mobile devices into account.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “Full bars do not mean a mobile device is working properly on the network, and given the explosive growth of bring your own device (BYOD), Fluke Networks’ customers have been clamoring for solutions that help ensure smart devices are working properly on enterprise Wi-Fi networks.”

Despite the growth of BYOD, a recent Fluke Networks market research study shows many organisations are not yet ready to address performance challenges with mobile devices in the workplace. Nearly 82 per cent* of organisations let employees use personal mobile devices on the wireless LAN (WLAN). However, 51 per cent* are concerned with how BYOD will affect bandwidth consumption.

Less than half* of these organisations are planning to redesign their wireless networks to meet the new performance expectation associated with mobile devices, despite 42 per cent* of end users being concerned about slow connections.

AirMapper helps organisations bridge this performance gap and design wireless networks that meet business and user expectations (for more BYOD data, see Fluke Networks’ latest infographic).

In addition to providing a heat map of actual throughput on smart devices, the AirMapper App provides details of the Wi-Fi network, including access point (AP) channel as well as signal and security properties, helping ensure the delivery of critical business applications. Users also have the ability to locate any AP on a floor map, and add text, photo, audio or video annotations during the site survey.

With the AirMapper App, users can also export site survey projects to AirMagnet Survey PRO via email, Dropbox, Evernote®, Bluetooth and more, for streamlined information sharing and advanced analysis and reporting.

Availability
Users can also download a freeware version at the Fluke Networks website. For more information about these products, please visit Fluke Networks.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +61 2 8850 3333 or email at sales@fluke.com.au

*According to Fluke Networks market research.

Fluke Networks launches industry’s first handheld tool offering intuitive, rapid wi-fi troubleshooting

Rugged, portable wi-fi tester for 802.11 a/b/g/n networks provides fast and simple WLAN visibility

Sydney, June 8, 2009 – Fluke Networks has announced the launch of the AirCheck™ Wi-Fi Tester, a dedicated handheld tool that delivers quick and easy troubleshooting for today’s increasingly complex wireless local area networks (WLAN).

Offering simple, intuitive operation, the rugged new Wi-Fi tester can be learned and used in minutes by frontline IT professionals, even if they have little previous wireless network experience, and is an affordable option for every enterprise, large or small.

The AirCheck tester provides a single, handheld solution for engineers and technicians looking for fast and effective Wi-Fi network visibility.

AirCheck users can:
· easily verify and troubleshoot 802.11 a/b/g/n network availability, connectivity, channel utilisation and security settings
· identify coverage and connectivity problems
· find unauthorised or rogue access points (APs)
· see overloaded networks and channels
· detect interference and validate security settings.

Wayne Allen, sales and marketing manager, Fluke Networks Australia and New Zealand said, “Companies are increasingly reliant on Wi-Fi networks but many continue to see them as less reliable than wired alternatives.

“This is partly because time- and resource-pressured IT personnel do not necessarily have the training or the tools they need to monitor and troubleshoot network issues. AirCheck arms frontline IT personnel with an affordable, easy-to-use, portable tool that provides comprehensive WLAN visibility across all Wi-Fi standards.”

The new AirCheck tester is quicker, easier to operate and more portable than any other Wi-Fi tool on the market. Booting up in less than three seconds, AirCheck automatically starts discovering networks, access points and channel activity immediately.

Testing sessions can be saved with the press of a single key, and then downloaded via the USB port to a PC for report generation or archiving with AirCheck Manager software. These features are particularly valuable for trouble ticket resolution or escalation, enabling broad access to all the session data captured by the AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester – saving time and resources.

The speed and simplicity of the AirCheck tester not only enables the entire IT organisation to troubleshoot wireless LAN issues, it has also been proven to save organisational resources by reducing time needed for troubleshooting.

Its intuitive interface is built around a 2.8-inch full colour LCD screen and a simple menu-based system that can be navigated using just five buttons. The tester measures 8.9 cm x 19.8 cm x 4.8 cm and weighs only 400 grams.

AirCheck Manager software, which is supplied with the unit, manages all AirCheck profiles and the information collected from multiple AirCheck testers. The software can help IT support personnel close trouble tickets more efficiently or fully document the problem for support escalation.

Product availability
The AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester is now available through Fluke Networks’ sales partners worldwide.
Please contact Fluke Networks on (612) 8850 3333 for more details on where to purchase this product.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers.

The company’s comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimise network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (612) 8850 3333.