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March 1, 2010

Motorola launches WLAN management tools

Offers centralised management and control for wireless infrastructure through single console

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola has introduced AirDefense Infrastructure Management offering, a wireless LAN (WLAN) management tool designed to help IT departments gain better visibility into their networks and reduce operational costs associated with managing wireless networks.

According to Motorola, the new offering delivers centralised management and control for the wireless infrastructure through a single console and provides a WLAN infrastructure management module for management of network devices from Motorola and other vendors. It supports various back-end management protocols to incorporate multiple vendor platforms and presents a normalised representation of statistics, configuration and faults to the administrator.

In addition, it offers vendor-agnostic management at the application, device and network layer, with support for both legacy standards and new devices, and helps customers migrate to 802.11n technologies or introduce mobility offerings across their organisations.

The company has also launched the AirDefense Services Platform that integrates multi-vendor WLAN infrastructure management, a 24×7 Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (Wireless IPS) with built-in compliance reporting, and a set of network assurance tools designed to remotely troubleshoot user connectivity issues and fix WLAN performance problems from a centralised IT helpdesk.

Motorola said that the new platform supports AirDefense sensors reporting back to a centralised appliance, and provides sensing through sensing devices or embedded in access points (AP), such as the 802.11n adaptive tri-radio AP-7131. The AirDefense Advanced Troubleshooting module identifies wireless LAN configuration issues, while the AirDefense Spectrum Analysis module provides IT departments with the ability to identify and classify possible sources of interference, and view their impact on the wireless network coverage and performance.

With the AirDefense LiveRF module, network administrators can visualise RF coverage and assess the impact of noise and interference on different applications using the WLAN and the AirDefense Advanced Forensics module provides them with the ability to rewind and review records of wireless activity, the company said.

In addition, the AirDefense security and compliance offers customers the AirDefense Wireless IPS module, which provides IT administrators with 24×7 monitoring and security features for rogue wireless detection and containment, Motorola said

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