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Aruba Networks on unveils software designed to guard company knowledge and networks when accessed by employee-owned mobile shoppers, whether or not laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The software, ClearPass Policy Manager, offers a group of modules that permit enterprise IT teams streamline provisioning, inventory, security and management for private devices used for work functions, a trend usually dubbed “bring your own device” or BYOD. Aruba’s software is meant to create it easier to securely manage a far additional varied shopper atmosphere, particularly in mobile deployments, and to provision secure network access, a feature missing from a minimum of another mobile device management (MDM) applications.

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ClearPass Policy Manager will be bought preloaded on a server appliance or as a VMware virtual machine instance. the appliance will work with the foremost mobile and computer operating systems within the enterprise: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, OS X and Windows seven. The new product combines code from 2 Aruba acquisitions, Amigopod, for guest access and management, and from last December, Avenda Systems, whose mobile management software is that the heart of Policy Manager.

Related Content The new giving includes the FreeRADIUS open supply software, for authentication, authorization and accounting, however the Policy Manager can also work with an existing AAA/RADIUS infrastructure.

Policy Manager consists of the core application, and 4 separately licensed modules: Onboard, a self-service mobile provisioning portal for employees; Profiler, that creates an in depth inventory of every device; OnGuard, that may be a Network Access management application, as well as the quarantine and cleanup of compromised devices; and Guest, for registering and managing guest access to the network.

One further cloud service, ClearPass QuickConnect, will automatically configure wired and wireless network settings for private devices.

The actual provisioning is about up prior to by IT directors operating with ClearPass Policy Manager, that lets them set a variety of policies for devices by device sort, OS, user teams and alternative variables.

Users then will register their devices for access on their own, via an online portal, and have them automatically configured for such enterprise-standard protections and services as 802.1x authentication, a VPN shopper, Exchange ActiveSync, and machine IDs or certificates. When users commit to log into the company network for the primary time, they are redirected to the portal, where an application wizard walks them through the configuration method. Once that happens, these personal devices become uniquely visible to IT.

“By provisioning the device and giving it a novel ID, it provides us a degree of management over it that we tend to would not have otherwise,” says Robert Fenstermacher, director of product selling, for Aruba, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Since IT will see personal devices, it will centrally and immediately revoke access if a retardant is detected, for instance. Personal devices will be given restricted access and privileges, whereas traffic from executive-level devices will be given high priority. Policies for Android devices will be totally different from those for iOS devices.

Aruba claims that ClearPass Policy Manager will be five hundredth more cost-effective than a comparable deployment of Cisco’s Cisco Identity Services Engine; and if ISE needs network infrastructure upgrades for network switches, WLAN controllers and access points, the comparative savings are even larger, in line with Fenstermacher.

The Guest management functions are based mostly on the Amigopod software. Most of the opposite functions are from the Avenda acquisition. Aruba software engineers are adding new code that integrates the 2 applications, which creates a replacement workflows for the varied self-service and administrative capabilities.

ClearPass Policy Manager are released in March. Pricing is on a per-user basis, and varies with the entire variety of users and their devices. in line with Aruba, 1,000 users averaging a pair of.5 devices, and a hundred guests, would yield a charge of $17 per user.

Aruba conjointly announced what it says is that the 1st technical certification for network engineers designed for the new challenges of personally owned devices within the enterprise. The Aruba Certified Solutions skilled (ACSP) course work includes subjects like “RF fundamentals, Wi-Fi style for top density shopper environments, secure authentication and encryption and mobile device provisioning for workers and guests,” in line with the seller. The course is $1,500 per category, and can be offered beginning in March. additional data concerning these certifications is on the Aruba web site.