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MOTOROLA AIRDEFENCE WLAN MANAGEMENT
Centrally Manage Multi-vendor Deployments
The Motorola AirDefense WLAN Management module provides administrators with a single, centralized console for muti-vendor deployments, simplifying management and providing consistent configuration across the network. This tool will enhance the visibility and control of wireless infrastructure for organizations with diverse WLAN deployments consisting of multiple vendors and equipment models.
Although heterogeneous environments are never ideal they are often impossible to avoid since organizations rarely have one type of vendor deployed system-wide. Even solutions from the same vendor could consist of different product versions offering a mixture of legacy and newer devices with non-uniform management interfaces, different firmware requirements, and varying architectures. Having multi-vendor wireless infrastructure deployed across a network complicates administration because multiple management platforms must be used which requires knowledge of different architectures, configuration settings, and syntax. Network administrators end up managing individual devices, rather than a holistic network. Organizations are often faced with frequent device mis-configurations, compliance problems, over extended IT staff, and exacerbated operational expense costs.
The WLAN Management module's vendor and device agnostic user interface (UI) ensures consistency in configuration, compliance with policies, while reducing device and model specific expertise required by network administrators. It uses a plug-in architecture that abstracts vendor and device specific attributes from the end user, and allows the system to rapidly add new models without changing the UI or upgrading the system. The solution supports a variety of back-end management protocols to incorporate multiple vendor platforms and presents a normalized representation of statistics, configuration and faults to the administrator. Simply put, users can define network configuration profiles and effortlessly apply them to different portions of the network hierarchy, ultimately reducing the amount of administrative time required to manage the wireless LAN.