Aruba MOVE enables wire-like performance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivered over Wi-Fi


Aruba Networks announced that its Mobile Virtual
Enterprise (MOVE) architecture for Wi-Fi networking enables wire-like
performance of Microsoft Lync Server 2010.


Recent tests showed up to 75 percent better performance
for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivered over an Aruba network when compared to an equivalent Cisco Wi-Fi network. The degree of
improvement was calculated from mean opinion scores (MOS) after rigorous
testing by Aruba and Microsoft, using Microsoft testing and evaluation


Aruba has also been named a Microsoft Network
Infrastructure Optimization Partner. To ensure that end-users experience high
audio and video quality with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft has collaborated with several network infrastructure vendors, including Aruba,
to provide prescriptive guidance on the networking requirements for Lync.


Focused on the needs of networking and IT Professionals,
Network Infrastructure Optimization partners provide documentation, services and support for companies
to optimize their enterprise networks for real-time audio, video and
collaboration with Lync.


The Aruba MOVE architecture has also been certified as
interoperable with Lync Server 2010, through the ArubaEdge Partner Program.


“The performance testing and associated solution
guide for the Aruba wireless infrastructure with Lync Server 2010 will help
make it faster and easier for integrators to deploy a combined
system,” said Kapil Sharma, principal group program manager of Lync
Partner Engineering at Microsoft.


YES Prep Public Schools, a free, open-enrollment public
school system that serves 4,200 students across eight locations in the
Houston area, needed an access network that would ensure high performance of
Lync Server 2010. The collaboration suite is used by teachers and staff at all
eight YES Prep schools, as well as its headquarters.


ArubaOS Mobility Services enable context-aware mobility,
identifying the user, device, application and location and optimizing the
access network for advanced applications such as Microsoft Lync Server 2010.


These services are centrally deployed, with private or
public cloud-based management and also manage security, policy and network
performance for every user and device on the network, regardless of access


“The growth in use of unified communications suites
such as Lync Server 2010, accompanied by the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets,
has created both opportunities and challenges for corporate IT
departments,” said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba.


“The Aruba-Microsoft partnership ensures a
dependable unified communications experience for mobile devices operating on
Wi-Fi networks. As a result, IT organizations can now rightsize their wired
networks and telecom equipment to realize significant savings in network build
and operation costs,” Gibson added.


“No one here has a desk phone, period. With the
discounts that Microsoft gives K-12 on Microsoft Lync 2010, the quality with
which it performs over the Aruba access network, and the cost savings
associated with deploying Lync instead of traditional PBX’s, every K-12 school
in the country should be doing this,” said Troy Neal, director of information
technology at YES Prep.


We went from it taking six to nine months and $40,000 to
$60,000 dollars to get a school up and running with a voice PBX to two or three
weeks at between $300 and $3,000 dollars per site. As for the video and voice
quality over the Aruba wireless network, let’s just say no one can tell it’s
wireless, and that pretty much says it all,” Neal added.


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