Meru Rolls Out E(z)RF Network Manager for WLANs

Meru Networks has introduced E(z)RF Network Manager 2.0, which it said is the first wireless LAN management system to record every client-network wireless protocol interaction rather than merely gathering aggregate statistics. Meru’s E(z)RF Network Manager 2.0 uses continuous event recording, data mining and a knowledge-based inference engine to reduce troubleshooting time.

The scalable E(z)RF Network Manager 2.0 allows management of up to 25,000 access points and hundreds of controllers across multiple geographic regions. From a single console, users can drill down and view activity details at each level of the infrastructure: controllers, access points (APs) and individual wireless client devices.

E(z)RF Network Manager 2.0 records every state change a client undergoes (e.g., connection, authentication, station handoff, DHCP events, IP address discovery) and stores that information for later mining. By capturing client-network interactions in the order in which they occurred – rather than just periodic or aggregated statistics – the system maintains all crucial client information that can be used to help recreate the historical state of the network at any instant in time.

A proactive knowledge-based inference engine automatically correlates information across all recorded events and generates inferences about potential client and infrastructure issues, enabling proactive identification of those issues – often before they are reported by users. The inference engine currently can identify more than 100 relevant event patterns indicating possible problems, and can be enhanced to understand new patterns as they develop.

E(z)RF Network Manager 2.0 is available immediately. Software supporting 50 APs is priced at $4,995, and requires a Meru SA1000 Service Appliance priced at $6,995. A visualization package providing network-wide heatmaps is available as an add-on option, priced at $4,995 for 50 APs.

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