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Motorola WLAN cloud services controllers and switch family unveiled

Motorola has enhanced its WLAN cloud services with new virtual and hardware controllers, a new switch family and security upgrades at Interop 2014.

LAS VEGAS -- Motorola Solutions unveiled a slew of new products aimed at supporting unified wired and wireless network access and its cloud-based wireless LAN services at Interop 2014. The new technology includes a virtual controller, a new switch for unified access and standardized policies across both the wired and wireless network, a new multi-service management platform powered by Motorola’s WiNG 5 operating system and security enhancements to its AirDefense Bluetooth Monitoring offering.

Positioned as a scalable WLAN cloud solution, the new VX 9000 virtual controller can support up to 10,000 access points and has built-in network security services in the form of a wired/wireless firewall, an intrusion protection system, AAA Radius Server and secure guest access via a Web portal. The virtual controller is comparable to the vendor's NX hardware-based controller line and offers a centralized management view of the wireless infrastructure, according to Motorola. The software will allow large enterprises to take advantage of their existing hardware investments, said Sanjoy Dey, director of product management for Motorola.

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The Motorola WLAN portfolio is being further bolstered by the new NX 7500 controller, which can be upgraded to 10G. Motorola is positioning the controller as a good fit for small-to mid-sized campus environments that can support up to 2,000 access points. The new platform is powered by WiNG 5 and has a built-in solid-state drive for data, analytics and application protection.

Motorola also rolled out the EX3500 switch, which supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and doesn't require power cabling, allowing for fast and inexpensive installation. The switch can help unify access across wired and wireless networks for branch and remote offices by centralizing management and policies, Dey said.  

"Even though wireless is becoming the primary network, you still need a switch fabric to backhaul all of that data at the end of the day. Our customers know we already take care of the wireless piece, so now we are handling the wired piece so we can give users a single management framework,” he said.

In terms of security, Motorola also updated its AirDefense portfolio to provide network assurance and security for enterprises. The enhancements will improve the detection of suspicious or rogue Bluetooth devices and improve payment card security -- an important offering for the retail industry, Dey said. "Retailers will be able to push a certificate and move client devices onto their secure network." 

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