Aruba Enables UC with Microsoft Lync

Aruba Networks and Microsoft Lync make UC seamlessly corroborative for all employees, whether at headquarters, in a local coffee shop, or in home offices.  To successfully enable UC wirelessly, you must start at the foundation with an enterprise-grade mobility network.  This means making sure the network is highly reliable, tuned for performance and secure by leveraging 802.11 ac technology, redundancy everywhere and available AAA services to enforce access rights and policies. 

Another aspect of the infrastructure is the ability to support the variety of BYO devices that employees are now using on corporate networks, including the use of role-based and differentiated access controls to optimize traffic accurately based on who’s requesting access on which device.   

Finally to make UC truly enterprise-grade, over the air traffic must be optimized so that call and video quality are never compromised. To this end, Microsoft and Aruba teamed up using Software Defined Networking Application Programming Interface to create MS Lync Qualified Mobility Architecture that accurately identifies and prioritizes UC traffic.

Aruba stands apart from the competition with several distinctions earned over the past couple of years.

  • Aruba was the first WiFi vendor Lync-certified by Microsoft…with over a one year lead!
  • Aruba is the only WLAN to prioritize Microsoft Lync voice, video and desktop-sharing
  • Lync over Aruba WiFi is deployed across Microsoft campuses worldwide and used by 80,000 Microsoft employees every day for their voice, video and data applications
  • And, Aruba is the first and only WiFi vendor qualified on the new Lync SDN API

In addition to providing end-to-end diagnostic visibility, Aruba WLANs automatically classify individual Lync media like videoconferencing, voice, desktop sharing and IM. You can then prioritize traffic flows, even for encrypted Lync sessions. The result is a dependable user experience from campus headquarters, to branch offices and home teleworkers. No network engineering or VLANs to configure. Aruba is the only WLAN to prioritize Microsoft Lync voice, video and desktop-sharing.

Diagnostic visibility and monitoring for Lync

AppRF technology automatically identifies and classifies Microsoft Lync traffic, even if it is encrypted. And integration with the Lync SDN API provides real-time reporting on voice and video call metrics. Visibility into information such as call status, R-value and caller extension makes it easy to troubleshoot Lync traffic over the air.  Watch the video.

Quality of service (QoS) for Lync

QoS policies are assigned based on traffic type, not VLANs or SSIDs. Video conferencing, voice calls, file transfers and collaboration tools can be prioritized differently, even if they are running on the same device. If session flows are not properly marked by the mobile device, AppRF technology correctly retags mismarked packets. Watch the video.


Better quality-of-experience for Lync

Integrated stateful policy enforcement keeps track of individual Lync sessions and monitors bandwidth consumption for Lync voice and video calls in real time. Call admission control for Lync enables load balancing of mobile devices across different APs so that background data traffic flows are not starved. Watch the video.


A simpler way to configure Lync

Configuring Aruba WLANs to identify and prioritize Lync traffic just got a whole lot easier. Three step-by-step guides are now available to simplify your enterprise Lync deployment. First, select which WLAN architecture you’re using. If you’re using a controller-based model, download the Heuristics Guide for Lync Online and Lync 2010/2013 and the SDN API for Controllers Solution Guide. If you’re deploying with Aruba Instant, download the Aruba Instant Lync Best Practices Guide.

Other informative PDFs on Aruba and Microsoft Lync:

The Missing Link 
Microsoft Corporate Headquarters Runs Lync over Aruba WiFi
Progress Software Case Study