Wireless networking company Aruba Networks is the latest business to adopt a software-as-a-service model. Today, it’s announcing AirWave OnDemand, an online service for monitoring your company’s network.
Bryan Wargo, general manager of Aruba’s AirWave division (Aruba acquired AirWave last year), said the demand for network management software — which lets users check the status of their wireless devices and spot problems — is growing beyond large, enterprise-scale companies, but many of the organizations “can’t necessarily afford the same type of infrastructure.” The traditional model of buying servers, installing software, and managing the system is too expensive if you’re a small business, he said.
AirWave OnDemand offers the same features as AirWave’s standard software, but it’s easier and cheaper for a small organization to get started. The service uses a virtual private network (VPN) to connect your wireless devices to Aruba’s data center. Potential customers include educational institutions, hospitals, small businesses, larger companies with multiple locations, and big-box retail stores.
And when Aruba expands its customer base to network management software, it isn’t the only company that benefits, Wargo said.
“What we’re excited about is our reseller community using this as a platform for their own managed services,” he said.
AirWave OnDemand will cost $10 per device per month, and will be generally available in December.