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Six Ways Aruba Instant Wireless LANs Save You Money

by on ‎04-18-2013 02:18 PM - last edited on ‎09-18-2013 10:13 PM by Community Administrator

The best thing about Aruba Instant – our controller-less Wireless LAN solution – is that it’s blazing fast and ridiculously easy to use. When I speak to our customers, they repeat a phrase, “It just works,” or “It works like the salesguy said it would.” In IT, it’s easy to fall in love with the technology.

 

BUT, there’s another side of the story: money. The architecture and the simplicity make Instant cheaper to buy and maintain. Here’s how:

 

Low CapEx


With Aruba Instant, you get enterprise grade features and controller functions embedded in the WLAN access point. We eliminate the hardware expense of a separate controller, but keep the advantages.

 

  1. No controller hardware to buy: so you save thousands of dollars per site!
  2. No appliance to install and maintain: with less hardware installed, there is less rack space consumed, less electricity consumed, and no time spent on maintaining a separate appliance

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Low OpEx


Aruba Instant has everything needed integrated into the WLAN access point – controller functions, management interface, and ARM (Adaptive Radio Management) RF optimization. And it’s simplified to make the functions accessible by non-experts. The benefits:

 

  1. Streamlined maintenance: The radically simplified user interface means you spend less time hassling with updates and configuration – and don’t need a wireless expert on staff to do it.
  2. No recurring subscription: Total cost of ownership stays low, because you’re not paying $150 a year per access point – you get a free, integrated management portal.

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Investment Protection


Okay here’s a really big benefit of Aruba Instant. We’re the only company to offer both controller-less and controller-based architecture, and you can mix and match between the two. No architecture lock-in! So when your needs change (and they will), you keep 100% of your investment.

 

  1. No hardware change: Instant WLAN access points convert to controller-based mode, so go ahead, start with Instant and say goodbye to controllers. You can always take them back.
  2. One manager for all models: Aruba Airwave management has you covered no matter what model you go with, even if you mix and match. One view of everything.

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