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Aruba's MOVE Architecture to Support Insurer's Mobile Environment Objective

February 21, 2014

Insurer American Fidelity Assurance Company has implemented the Aruba MOVE architecture in order to support its goal of a 100 percent mobile environment.

With the Aruba 802.11ac all-wireless network installed in its new headquarters facility, the insurance company was able to save over half a million dollars in infrastructure costs and at the same time significantly enhance its productivity.

Ken Henderson, assistant vice president of technical infrastructure at American Fidelity Assurance, said, “We’re always looking to improve productivity and efficiency. 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.”

According to Aruba, its MOVE architecture is a complete BYOD and mobility infrastructure solution that leverages contextual data – user roles, device types, application flows, location and time-of-day – and extends this intelligence across the network to devices and apps. It can be deployed in various ways, including cloud or on-premises with centralized or branch options, based on an enterprise’s size, needs and budget.

American Fidelity Assurance is said to have 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 (News - Alert) Network Management and ClearPass Access Management System. Aruba’s remote access points are in charge of linking the insurance company’s small and remote offices.

The all-wireless headquarters deployment from Aruba is already helping the insurance company to save more than $700,000 by removing the need for desktop cable pulls and related costs. The advent of 802.11ac also ensured users comfort with a wireless network.

John Jankowski, area vice president at Aruba Networks (News - Alert), stated, “802.11ac is a key driver for organizations like American Fidelity to finally move to fully mobile environments. Strong adoption of 802.11ac, along with the increasing popularity of unified communications solutions like Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync, is giving enterprises more reasons to eliminate cabling and use wireless as their primary network.  Add to this, the capital and operational savings that this mobile model provides, and we’re confident that we’ll see more enterprises following in American Fidelity’s footsteps.” 


Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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