by Best in UC on 29/11/11 at 1:52 pm
This article first appeared on Best in UC.
Everyone wants to be on the network.
Thanks to the multitude of Wi-Fi devices, such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks flooding the marketplace, your team members, vendors and customers want access to the Internet. Mobile access helps meetings run more smoothly, communications happen faster, and problems disappear. And by allowing guests to jump on your network, your company can enjoy higher levels of productivity and real-time communications than ever before.
But how can your company provide network access to authorized parties, while still keeping out unauthorized users and security threats?
Once solution is Meru Identity Manager, which solves the problem of delivering enterprise wireless network access for all. Identity Manager greatly simplifies network access and management for dense wireless and wired environments. Meru Smart Connect, an optional feature for Identity Manager, is designed for the most dense and diverse environments, where bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is causing other access solutions to fail and where guest access is stressing the capacity of IT departments.
Smart Connect enables automatic detection of devices as they connect to the wireless LAN and provides simple configuration for secure guest access. It features one-click self-provisioning of devices in accordance with IT security policies. Identity Manager provides common functionality across wired and wireless environments, and supports multi-vendor wireless LAN environments.
“Together, we believe these new products provide best-in-class wireless connectivity for large-scale environments where BYOD is the norm,” said Kamal Anand, senior vice president of product management at Meru Networks. “Our new portfolio is designed specifically for the rigors of BYOD, simplifying WLAN management and minimizing IT overhead. With these products, IT can cost effectively and easily automate device access and management and ensure that the applications these devices run perform reliably. These new products raise the standard for BYOD-ready wireless. Meru assures secure access for devices and individuals, scalable wireless capacity and reliable application delivery to wireless devices of all types.”
Meru Identity Manager meets the challenges involved with deploying secure, scalable and flexible visitor networks to manage thousands of users. In short, the solution uses wizards to help IT personnel establish rules for guest access. When a device hits the network, it is automatically provisioned based on those rules.
This allows for secure, role-based access and granular policy management. Different users can gain different levels of access.
“Increasing demands on the WLAN, particularly in the form of users bringing their own (and often multiple) devices for use in the enterprise point to the need for the architectural and management innovations that have been the hallmark of Meru’s products from the start,” said Craig Mathias, a principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group.
Whether you choose Meru’s solutions or some other tool, begin exploring methods to provide reliable, secure guest access on your network today. Your company only stands to gain by these innovations and improvements as mobility become a dominant force in workplace communications.