Motorola Helps IT Departments Streamline Management of Wireless Networks and Devices

The Enterprise
Mobility Solutions business of Motorola,
Inc. today introduced the Motorola
AirDefense Infrastructure Management solution, a powerful wireless
LAN (WLAN) management tool designed to help IT departments gain
better visibility into their networks and reduce operational costs
associated with managing fast-changing, growingly complex and
increasingly pervasive wireless
networks. By delivering centralized management and control for the
wireless infrastructure through a single console, Motorola’s latest
solution can help customers simplify and automate network management,
significantly lowering the total cost of ownership and accelerating the
return on their enterprise mobility investments.

The task of supporting multiple features in WLAN devices from
different vendors, models and firmware versions is complex. The
AirDefense Infrastructure Management solution provides a comprehensive
WLAN Infrastructure Management module for seamless management of network
devices from Motorola and other vendors, allowing network
administrators to manage large deployments from a single interface. Its
Centralized Management Console offers a vendor- and device-agnostic user
interface to ensure consistency in configuration and compliance with
policies, while also reducing device- and model-specific expertise
required by network administrators to install or configure devices,
simplifying their deployment.

The solution supports a variety of back-end management protocols to
incorporate multiple vendor platforms and presents a normalized
representation of statistics, configuration and faults to the
administrator. Instead of separately managing multiple systems, IT
departments can use a centralized management console to update device
configurations and firmware, monitor device status, capture faults,
audit and automatically correct device configuration issues, gather
network statistics or generate trend and compliance reports.

"Enterprise mobility is considered a business necessity today, but
most organizations still continue to be concerned about the operational
costs associated with maintaining the increasing number and complexity
of applications, devices and services available over today’s wireless
LANs," said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager for
Wireless Network Solutions, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "The
vendor-agnostic infrastructure management solution marks the
introduction of the Motorola AirDefense Services Platform, the
industry’s first service oriented WLAN platform designed to provide
customers with best-in-class infrastructure management, network
assurance and wireless security services."

About Motorola AirDefense Services Platform

While the capital expense of planning and deploying a WLAN continues
to decline, the costs associated with maintaining the wireless
infrastructure are becoming the focus. To help IT departments
effectively address this issue, Motorola now offers the AirDefense
Services Platform, which seamlessly integrates multi-vendor WLAN
infrastructure management, a 24×7 Wireless
Intrusion Prevention System (Wireless IPS) with built-in compliance
reporting, and a full set of network assurance tools designed to
remotely troubleshoot user connectivity issues and fix WLAN performance
problems from a centralized IT helpdesk. The platform’s modular approach
allows customers to choose the services they need based on their
specific requirements.

"Representing the industry’s first comprehensive service oriented
WLAN platform, Motorola’s solution can be leveraged by IT departments to
dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership and achieve quicker
return on investment from their wireless infrastructure," said Dr. Amit
Sinha, fellow and chief technologist for WLAN and Security, Motorola
Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "IT organizations now have a holistic
services platform that gives them the flexibility to address changing
wireless needs as they leverage mobility to grow their business, improve
communications-enabled business processes and enhance the mobile user’s
quality of experience."

Based on a field-proven distributed architecture, Motorola’s powerful
solution supports Motorola AirDefense sensors reporting back to a
centralized appliance. Sensing can be provided by dedicated sensing
devices or embedded in Motorola’s award-winning access
points (AP), such as the 802.11n adaptive tri-radio AP-7131,
for additional hardware savings and reduced cabling costs.

The AirDefense
Infrastructure Management solution announced today delivers
vendor-agnostic management at the application, device and network layer,
giving the IT staff unmatched visibility into the performance of their
entire wireless mobility ecosystem. With support for both legacy
standards and new devices, the solution helps customers migrate to
802.11n technologies or introduce mobility solutions across their

Network Assurance features powerful tools designed to help
IT departments lower the costs associated with maintaining their
wireless infrastructure. It enables them to monitor and troubleshoot
connectivity issues remotely, from a centralized location. The AirDefense
Advanced Troubleshooting module proactively identifies wireless LAN
configuration issues that affect business-critical applications,
helping IT managers reduce or eliminate bottlenecks and minimize
downtime across the entire network. The AirDefense Spectrum Analysis
module provides IT departments with the ability to identify and classify
possible sources of interference, such as microwave ovens or cordless
phones, and view their impact on the wireless network coverage and
performance. With the AirDefense LiveRF module, network administrators
can visualize real-time 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 detailed records of wireless activity, which can be
used to assist in forensic investigations or wireless network

Security and Compliance offers customers the
industry-leading AirDefense
Wireless IPS module, which provides IT administrators with 24×7
monitoring and comprehensive security features for rogue wireless
detection and containment. IT departments can also leverage the AirDefense
Wireless Vulnerability Assessment module for automated remote
wireless penetration testing, simulating attacks from a hacker’s point
of view to discover vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
Field-proven in thousands of deployments worldwide, these tools give
network managers the confidence that their networks are secure while
also significantly reducing the cost of compliance with regulatory
requirements mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) or Payment Card Industry

The AirDefense Infrastructure Management solution and all other
AirDefense Services Platform modules are available worldwide through
Motorola channel partners and Motorola AirDefense sales.

Motorola delivers seamless connectivity that puts real-time
information in the hands of users, which gives customers the agility
they need to grow their business or better serve and protect the public.
Working seamlessly together with its world-class devices, Motorola’s
unrivaled wireless network solutions include indoor wireless
LAN, outdoor wireless mesh,
networks and voice-over-WLAN
solutions. Motorola AirDefense solutions are part of the broader One Point Wireless Suite, a
set of powerful and innovative software solutions that reflect
Motorola’s holistic approach to network design, management, security and


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