Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in secure mobility solutions, today announced that it has completed interoperability testing of Apple's iPhone with its wireless LANs and has issued the device a Compatible Partner rating. Aruba launched its interoperability testing program in May of this year to enhance the out-of-box deployment experience of integrators and end users. Pre-testing helps avoid situations in which incompatibilities, bugs, or software instability results in erratic device or network behavior.
"Interoperability testing mitigates risk and is especially important with new devices, like the iPhone, where pre-testing can uncover and address potential deployment issues," said Vijay Raman, Aruba's head of technical marketing. "Prior to issuing our Compatible Partner certification we successfully verified that the iPhone works seamlessly on an Aruba network, and that security keys used by the device were properly managed."
Among other tests, the interoperability process verified operation of the security association mode (open, static WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security), roaming, Detecting Network Attachment for IPv4 (DNAv4), VPN connections (L2TP and PPTP modes terminating on an Aruba Mobility Controller), captive portal authentication combined with public shared key (PSK) encryption for guest Internet access, and ARP traffic (with and without proxy ARP).
Aruba's unique stateful firewall was able to detect and prevent Layer 2-7 attacks, provide stateful deep packet inspection, and offer iPhone users policy-based security that follows them wherever they roam and regardless of the means used to access the network. Aruba's layered authentication scheme limited what the iPhone could do using PSK encryption prior to authentication through a captive portal or VPN, and dynamically blacklisted iPhones that didn't adhere to the specified policy. The net result was increased security against network attacks, better protection against packet flooding caused by broadcast messages -- a common problem in older technology wireless networks -- and the preservation of bandwidth for legitimate uses.
For additional information about interoperable products and Aruba's partner programs please go to http://www.arubanetworks.com/partners/existing_solution_partners.php.
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba's user-centric architecture provides access to enterprise data, voice and video applications across wired and wireless LAN, WAN, and carrier networks without compromising security or mobility. Follow-me security and access policies are centrally managed and associated with users, not ports, and are enforced regardless of where users roam within or outside of the enterprise. Aruba's solution suite encompasses ArubaOS software running on a range of Mobility Controller hardware platforms, value-added application software modules including an enterprise FMC option, network management software, wired and wireless access points, and valued-added access point software modules including a secure enterprise mesh option for wire-free networking. Listed on the NASDAQ, Aruba is a member of the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Aruba has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com.
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