Aruba Networks is launching a cloud-based Wi-Fi management offering, including Aruba Central, its cloud management system. So how does Aruba stack up against Aerohive, Airtight and Cisco Meraki on the cloud front? So far, I’m intrigued but not impressed.
Cloud-based networking is becoming a more popular alternative to traditional premises-based management. This market gained a significant endorsement when Cisco purchased Meraki in late 2012. Thus, Aruba’s expansion into cloud-managed offerings is hardly a surprise.
However, I was quite surprised at how little Aruba gives with its initial offering when measured against the competition. Though the Aruba Central interface is simple and effective, it offers no guest access, floor plan imports, client onboarding or managed services.
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