"By provisioning the device and giving it a unique ID, it gives us a degree of control over it that we wouldn't have otherwise," says Robert Fenstermacher, director of product marketing, for Aruba, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Since IT can see personal devices, it can centrally and immediately revoke access if a problem is detected, for example. Personal devices can be given limited access and privileges, while traffic from executive-level devices can be given high priority. Policies for Android devices can be different from those for iOS devices.
Aruba claims that ClearPass Policy Manager can be 50 percent less expensive than a comparable deployment of Cisco's Cisco Identity Services Engine; and if ISE requires network infrastructure upgrades for network switches, WLAN controllers and access points, the comparative savings are even greater, according to Fenstermacher.
The Guest management functions are based on the Amigopod software. Most of the other functions are from the Avenda acquisition. Aruba software engineers have been adding new code that integrates the two applications, and that creates a new workflows for the various self-service and administrative capabilities.
ClearPass Policy Manager will be released in March. Pricing is on a per-user basis, and varies with the total number of users and their devices. According to Aruba, 1,000 users averaging 2.5 devices, and 100 guests, would yield a charge of $17 per user.
Aruba also announced what it says is the first technical certification for network engineers designed for the new challenges of personally owned devices in the enterprise. The Aruba Certified Solutions Professional (ACSP) course work includes subjects such as "RF fundamentals, Wi-Fi design for high density client environments, secure authentication and encryption and mobile device provisioning for employees and guests," according to the vendor. The course is $1,500 per class, and will be offered starting in March. More information about these certifications is on the Aruba website.
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