SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With more than 497 million portable devices (including smartphones, media tablets, and portable PCs) shipped in 2010 and another 966 million projected for 2014, managing a business-critical wireless network is a growing challenge for IT departments everywhere.

To help address the need to deliver a consistent high-quality user experience, Aruba Networks, Inc. announced the availability of ArubaOS 6.0, as well as design guidelines for high-density client environment deployments.

"We recently initiated a system-wide program to move to iPads in clinical use, which, with the existing use of Spectralink phones and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, makes ours a very high-density wireless client environment," said Dale Potter, senior vice president of information services and CIO of The Ottawa Hospital, a 1,200-bed, multi-campus healthcare system with approximately 1,200 physicians and 3,500 registered nurses.

"The combination of Aruba's industry-leading 802.11n portfolio and the advanced capabilities of ArubaOS 6.0 made the decision to upgrade from Aruba 802.11 a/b/g solutions an easy one. This new system will help keep us at the forefront of both healthcare and communications technologies to enable the best patient care."

Wi-Fi bandwidth is a finite resource shared among numerous client devices. Legacy 802.11 a/b/g wireless LANs were not designed to serve the high densities of mobile devices entering the enterprise, especially when coupled with latency-sensitive multimedia applications. Neighboring wireless LANs, RF noise sources and wireless security threats can reduce the amount of available air-time and severely impact application performance and corporate productivity.

Available for campus and branch office Mobility Controllers, ArubaOS 6.0 is designed to improve over-the-air reliability and security with:

* Industry-leading application fingerprinting technology - This enables identification of encrypted voice and video protocols and applies quality of service (QoS) over the air.

* Always-on spectrum analysis solution – Integrated into all Aruba 802.11n access points, the Aruba Spectrum Analyzer provides visibility into sources of RF interference.

* Comprehensive wireless intrusion prevention system – Now incorporating tarpit containment and TotalWatch™ technologies, this enables faster threat mitigation without affecting wireless client performance.

Leveraging the collective experience of more than 11,000 Aruba customers around the world, new technical guides make it easy to adopt best practices for high-density deployments.

* A new validated reference design (VRD), High-Density Wireless Networks for Auditoriums, explains how to implement an Aruba 802.11n wireless network that provides high-speed access for high-density wireless client environments.

* A new whitepaper, iPads in the Enterprise, details how to enable high-performance wireless networking for these quickly proliferating tablets.

* A new test report, Own the Air, provides third-party validation of Aruba’s industry-leading RF management technology in high-density environments.