June 25, 2008

Aruba and Meru Top New ABI Research 802.11n Vendor Matrix Ranking

Aruba Networks and Meru Networks have been ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research, essentially tied for first place as the leading 802.11n Wi-Fi equipment vendors.

Motorola claimed the second spot in the company's new evaluation of worldwide vendors.

The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors' positions in specific markets, measuring the dual parameters of Innovation and Implementation.

"Aruba earned high marks for its flexible architecture, adaptive radio management, and management tools," says vice president and research director Stan Schatt. "Meru's mature products scored well in value-add features, many being a direct result of its unique architecture. These two vendors have shown major strength in the early adopter verticals of higher education and healthcare. Motorola emerged as the winner in Innovation, showing an 802.11n product portfolio with myriad inventive features."

Although Aruba, Meru and Motorola topped these rankings, several other companies are hot on their heels in particular respects. These include Cisco, which has done the best job of identifying key vertical market segments and then assembling partners in each key vertical; Trapeze, which edges out its competitors with respect to resilience and high availability; and Colubris, which offers the most compelling 802.11n value proposition when balancing features against the actual cost of the products.

For this particular matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined products' video handling, resilience and scalability, as well as the companies' antenna offerings, and the benefits of their system architectures.

Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized the following criteria: channels and early deployments, the products' value proposition, their add-on features, the breadth of the product range, the firms' migration strategy, and their planning and management tools.

To view a list of the "top ten" firms in this Vendor Matrix, please visit 802.11n Vendor Matrix (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/vendor_matrix/802.11n_Vendor_Matr ix). Registration on the ABI Research website (free) is required. Access to the rankings and profiles of all companies surveyed is available to clients of ABI Research.

An in-depth analysis of this Vendor Matrix's results, as well as a detailed look at the current 802.11n market, is contained in ABI Research's new report, "IEEE 802.11n Update, Forecast and Vendor Evaluation" (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/market_research/IEEE_802.11n_Upda te_Forecast_and_Vendor_Evaluation.)

This Vendor Matrix forms part of ABI Research's Wi-Fi Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/service/Wi-Fi_Research_Service). For a list of all ABI Research Vendor Matrices, please visit The ABI Research Vendor Matrix (http://www.abiresearch.com/vendor_matrix_home.jsp).

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