Theme: Wireless Networking
Vendor: Aruba Networks
Since 1999, Tek-nology Solutions has worked with a Philanthropic Foundation, actively involved with the management of a National Trust property. Central to the Foundation’s vision is the ongoing preservation, protection and improvement of this property for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
The Foundation approached Tek-nology Solutions, as their IT partner, to introduce wireless networking across their multi-acre estate. Phase one of the project commenced with their research and archive centre.
The challenge was to introduce a WiFi solution into the building that met the needs of three different parties:
Tek-nology Solutions recommended a smart, cost effective solution that simplified the manageability of three separate WiFi systems. Aruba Network’s ‘Enterprise WiFi’ proposition offered a single approach to managing the multi-WiFi requirements, in addition to addressing the wider challenges associated with mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This solution provides a complete, fully featured wireless solution for business use with inbuilt security, resilience and scalability. As a leading provider of mobile access network solutions, Aruba Networks is positioned in Gartner’s ‘Leaders’ quadrant of its ‘Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN Infrastructure (Global)’.
Phase two – extending the reach
Extending the reach of the Foundation’s WiFi into other buildings across the multi-acre site, including other single Access Point areas, involved increasing the number of Access Points from the initial 10 to 70+. Tek-nology Solutions used scaled drawings, heat maps and a site survey, combined with discussions with the client, to determine the most appropriate locations to site these points.
“The Aruba WiFi network has proven extremely reliable to date. One of several advantages the system has to offer is that if one Aruba Network Access Point should fail, another one will take over.”
For clients that do not require the power and complexity of a controller-based WLAN, ‘Aruba Instant’ offers a controller-less architecture, enabling businesses to more rapidly deploy wireless networks. A virtual controller is embedded into the access point, providing administrators with the majority of the features that are available on physical hardware controllers.
“From an end user perspective, the Foundation is now able to cater for its current network users, ‘tenants’ at the site, in addition to external visitors - whether it be business customers, clients, or partners. Flexibility now enables visitors to work anywhere, whether that is outside on the restaurant terrace, or in a meeting room.”
Tek-nology Solutions’ implementation of the Aruba Network wireless network solution has enabled the Foundation to consolidate three separate user groups’ requirements into a single integrated solution.
Reaping the benefits associated with Enterprise-grade WiFi, the Foundation is able to reduce the complexities of managing separate access policies, to provide capital and operational cost savings.