CA Takes WLAN Management PlungeBy Paula Musich | Print
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With its new Unicenter Wireless Site Management system, the company aims to simplify deployment and offer greater automation.Computer Associates International is planning its strongest play yet to manage wireless LANs comprehensively with a new system that offers greater automation and streamlines deployment.
The new Unicenter Wireless Site Management (WSM) system, due in beta this week from the Islandia, N.Y., company, is designed to help customers overcome some of the hurdles that have slowed deployment of IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs (WLANs).
At the heart of the software, which is due to be announced at the company's CAWorld user conference in Las Vegas this week, is the automation of myriad and complicated functions such as managing encryption keys, detecting and disabling rogue access points, and provisioning user access.
"CA is the biggest vendor to venture this far into WLAN management," said Warren Wilson, an analyst at Boston-based Summit Strategies Inc. "It recognizes that WLANs present management challenges that a lot of enterprises haven't fully dealt with."
One major hurdle cleared by the new Unicenter WSM system is the automation of administration of the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption scheme.
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