Aruba Networks to acquire Avenda Systems

Aruba Networks is planning to purchase Avenda Systems, a developer of network
security solutions that securely connect users and their personal mobile
devices to business networks.

These solutions facilitate development and enforcement of Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) initiatives in the workplace. Avenda’s solutions will enhance Aruba’s
Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture, making it simpler and safer for
enterprises to transition to a new era of mobile computing and cloud-based

“This acquisition is fundamentally about arming our customers with a simple,
cost-effective and device-agnostic approach to connecting and securing BYOD
users,” said Hitesh Sheth, chief operating officer at Aruba.

“Legacy networking vendors have struggled to deliver a purpose-built solution
for today’s mobility age. Faced with the BYOD phenomenon, IT departments need
to deliver policy and control to a wide range of mobile devices and PCs over
their existing networks. Together, Aruba and Avenda are poised to deliver the
ideal answer,” Sheth added.

Aruba’s context-aware MOVE architecture is designed to identify the user, as
well as his or her device type, application, and location and apply access
policies based on that information. This is critical for mobile networks in
order to optimize security and network capacity.

Avenda’s solutions will enhance Aruba’s context-based networking by applying
those policies across the entire access network, independent of access type or
vendor. They will also add device posture and deeper visibility into device
profiles for a complete picture of the network connection. These are critical
technologies as BYOD initiatives not only go mainstream, but also expand in

Avenda also enables self-service provisioning of 802.1x and security
credentials to a broad range of devices running iOS, Android, MacOS, or
Windows. This enables users to quickly and securely connect a new mobile device
to the network without engaging IT helpdesk resources. Avenda delivers this
solution locally or as a cloud-based subscription service.

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