Microsoft is to build one of the world’s largest enterprise wireless networks.
Microsoft’s wireless local area network (WLan) will serve 25,000 simultaneous users in 277 buildings located across 60 countries.
To enable the roll-out, the company has selected Aruba Networks to provide wireless mobility controllers, mobility software and around 5,000 wireless access points.
The network will support both voice and data and allow access to all types of wireless devices, including laptops, tablets, personal digital assistants and Wi-Fi phones.
The streamlined infrastructure will also eliminate the need for Microsoft to deploy separate overlay networks for voice-over-wireless, guest services, RF security and wireless location services.
“The advancements in the wireless space are truly exciting,” said Sunjeev Pandey, senior director of Microsoft IT. “This partnership will allow Microsoft to leverage a cutting-edge wireless and mobility platform that provides us the scalability, performance and security that our environment demands.”
Siemens Business Services recently won a global desktop support contract with Microsoft.