Sunnyvale, Calif., October 13, 2003
Meru Networks Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the Meru
Wireless LAN System. Based on the company's Air Traffic Control architecture,
Meru's standards-compliant solution surpasses the capabilities of previous
wireless LAN systems by enabling corporations to simultaneously deliver
business-quality, mobile voice and data to standard wireless LAN clients
on an enterprise scale. Companies increase productivity at a lower total
cost of ownership for voice and data communications.
"By deploying Meru's Wireless LAN System, we will ensure that employees
have guaranteed data coverage and phone access no matter where they go
on our campus," said John Allem, Worldwide IT Director with NPTest.
"This will greatly enhance communications with our customers and
vendors, increase employee productivity and improve our bottom line."
The Meru Wireless LAN System provides application-specific over-the-air
Quality of Service (QoS), and supports loss-less handoff and the high
client density required in pervasive, enterprise-scale wireless LAN deployments.
The patent-pending Air Traffic Control architecture leverages a set of
distributed algorithms and three key embedded, standards-compliant mechanisms
found nowhere else in the industry:
Over-the-Air QoS, providing fine-grained QoS per application, user, and
flow, both up- and downlink between the client and the access points.
This enables the same wireless LAN to be used for data and voice and results
in a five-fold increase in voice-carrying capacity over today's wireless
Wireless Contention Management, overcoming the dramatic reduction in throughput
that access points otherwise experience when multiple active clients contend
for the shared wireless medium. Without degradation in peak throughput,
Meru's Access Points support five times the number of active clients as
compared to today's access points.
Virtual Access Point, ensuring no loss of traffic as users roam in and
out of the range of various physical access points. Multiple physical
Meru Access Points collaborate to form one virtual access point, creating
a highly reliable, self-healing and easy-to-administer network.
"Creating a Wireless LAN with better utilization across different
applications is the right move for companies today," said Rachna
Ahlawat, Principal Analyst, Gartner Inc. "Enterprises require third
generation Wireless LAN products with coordinated Access Points that permit
greater scalability and centralized management. This will lead to a reduction
in the overall costs of wireless infrastructure while improving performance."
Meru's Wireless LAN System includes the Meru Access Point, a standards-compliant
802.11 access point that simultaneously acts as an access point and RF
monitor; the Meru Controller, a centralized gateway by which all security,
QoS and management policies can be configured and enforced across the
entire wireless LAN, and the Meru System Director, an extensible, embedded
software suite for wireless LAN services. The Meru Wireless LAN System
provides a wide range of functionality, from basic security and management
to advanced features including application flow detection (with built-in
flow-detectors for multimedia streams such as SIP and H.323), plug-and-play
deployment, rogue device detection, self-healing reliability and interoperability
and roaming among multi-vendor access points. The Meru solution easily
integrates into existing wired Ethernet switches and is interoperable
with any standard Wi-Fi client, requiring no additional client-side software.
"Our technology goes well beyond today's common wireless LAN architecture
of stand-alone access points, as well as the emerging centralized, 'switch'-and-dumb-access-point
concept," said Ujjal Kohli, chairman, chief executive officer and
founder of Meru Networks. "By solving the scaling, contention, latency
and jitter problems inherent in the shared wireless medium, the Meru Wireless
LAN System enables enterprises to realize the full benefits of wireless
by supporting high client density and multiple classes of applications
like business-grade voice, streaming media and data over the same infrastructure."
About Meru Networks, Inc.
Meru Networks designs and develops a standards-compliant, highly secure
and scalable Wireless LAN System that delivers enterprise-grade voice
and data. Meru Wireless LANs help enterprises derive greater value from
their networks at a lower total cost of ownership. Meru's Air Traffic
Control architecture supports high density of clients, provides over-the-air
application-specific quality of service to support voice and real-time
applications at scale, and delivers loss-less client handoff between access
points. The Meru solution reduces security risk through strong authentication,
encryption and continuous monitoring of the air. Meru, founded in 2002,
is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information on Meru Networks
and its products, visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.