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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by Alexis Argent

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Aruba Networks Deployed in All American Fidelity Assurance Wireless Company Headquarters

Aruba Networks has revealed that the American Fidelity Assurance Company, a leading insurance company serving more than one million customers in 49 states and 23 countries, has deployed Aruba’s MOVE architecture to support its goal of a 100 percent mobile environment.  American Fidelity has implemented an Aruba 802.11ac all-wireless network in its new headquarters facility to better serve its customers, deliver improved mobility and collaboration to employees, and reduce IT costs. The new network, which also utilizes Microsoft Lync to eliminate all wired, desk phones in the building, supplements the firm’s existing Aruba infrastructure, already deployed across American Fidelity’s 26 locations.

Aruba specialise in distributed enterprise networks. Their product portfolio includes controller managed equipment and controllerless equipment such as the Aruba 100 Access Points.

The American Fidelity Assurance Company has recognized the need to provide a highly mobile environment to meet the needs of the next generation of mobile workers, commonly known as Generation Mobile (GenMobile), who are entering the workforce.

We’re always looking to improve productivity and efficiency,” said Ken Henderson, Assistant Vice President, Technical Infrastructure for American Fidelity Assurance. “With the new headquarters, we are essentially combining three facilities’ worth of departments, employees and business functions into one building, which will automatically improve efficiencies to some degree. Beyond this, we realized that the new facility provided a perfect opportunity to build a network infrastructure from the ground up that could support the mobility and collaboration our firm needed to realize new levels of productivity.”

American Fidelity has already standardized on Aruba’s wireless LAN solutions across its 30 existing locations, using a mix of Aruba mobility controllers, 802.11n access points, Aruba switches, Aruba AirWave Network Management and ClearPass Access Management System – the latter to support mobile device onboarding and security, as well as guest access. The company also connects some of its smaller, remote offices using Aruba’s Remote Access Points (RAPs). When it came to choosing the network infrastructure for the new headquarters, there was no question that Aruba would be the vendor of choice, but American Fidelity wanted to examine ways that it could begin moving to a completely mobile environment and, at the same time, reduce costs. The company used systems integrator and Aruba partner, Sigma Solutions of San Antonio, Texas, for the new installation.

The company determined that going all-wireless with Aruba’s 802.11ac solution, was the best and most cost-effective approach for the new headquarters. With Aruba 802.11ac 220-Series Access Points and Aruba ClientMatchTMat its foundation, the 12-story building’s new wireless network will eventually serve more than 1,000 employees.

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