The three tools, called RF Analyze, RF Lock, and RF Plan, are being bundled and sold under the common name "RF Director" (see Aruba Unveils RF Director). The company also plans to incorporate select third-party plug-ins into the software suite, the first being AiroPeek from WildPackets Inc., which enables a network administrator to walk around with a suitably-equipped laptop or handheld computer and monitor network traffic (see WildPackets Takes Second Peek).
Keerti Melkote, co-founder and vice president of product management and marketing at Aruba, describes the RF Director package as an umbrella radio manager that sits on top of Aruba's 802.11 switch products and exposes capabilities in the hardware. "It lets you visualize what's really happening in the air," he says.
The three different radio applications break out like this:
The software is available now.
Aruba started shipping its initial wireless LAN switch products on June 1 this year. Melkote says the firm has so far shipped "over 30 boxes," with the typical setup using two of its switches.
Aruba's rivals in this emerging market include Airespace Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Trapeze Networks Inc..
— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung