Aruba Networks to acquire Avenda Systems

Staff writer
25 Nov 2011

Aruba Networks announced the execution of a definitive agreement to purchase privately-held Avenda Systems, a leading developer of network security solutions that securely connect users and their personal mobile devices to business networks.

These solutions facilitate development and enforcement of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives in the workplace. Avenda's solutions will enhance Aruba's Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture, making it simpler and safer for enterprises to transition to a new era of mobile computing and cloud-based applications.

“This acquisition is fundamentally about arming our customers with a simple, cost-effective and device-agnostic approach to connecting and securing BYOD users," said Hitesh Sheth, COO at Aruba.

Aruba’s context-aware MOVE architecture is designed to identify the user, as well as his or her device type, application, and location and apply access policies based on that information. This is critical for mobile networks in order to optimize security and network capacity. Avenda's solutions will enhance Aruba's context-based networking by applying those policies across the entire access network, independent of access type or vendor.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Aruba's fiscal year 2012, ending January 31, 2012, subject to standard closing conditions.

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