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1 Meru Networks Wireless Without Compromise Ric Lukasiewicz, RSM Mountain States Brett Schavey, Sr Network Engineer

2 Meru Confidential and Proprietary2 Wireless Without Compromise Security ScalabilityCapacity ReliabilityEconomize How do I design a reliable network for business critical application? How do I design a network that can handle demand variations? How do I keep “Good guys In and keep the bad guys out”? How do I choose an architecture that scales from 10 to 1000 AP? How do I choose a WLAN product that is simple to design, deploy and manage?

3 Meru Confidential and Proprietary3 What to look for? Strategies No client certifications, proprietary extensions or worrying about different device configurations Capacity Reliability No Changes to Clients Uniform coverage provides consistent high- throughput experience No hand-offs during roaming Secure toll-quality voice, high definition video, switch-like data performance at large scale Cost of RF Channel Planning Required WLAN as easy to install and administer as wired Cost Repeating site surveys, through-put per number of Access Points, simple on-going Management and Monitoring Simplicity Simplicity

4 Meru Confidential and Proprietary4 Testing Plans l Central management and provisioning (*java,) l Available bandwidth…at what level of scale l A, B, G and N – tested with more than 5-6 stations l Consistent coverage all the time l Eliminate RF contention l Scale for voice, data and media support l Never touch the AP’s l Remote office AP’s l Guest access l Security – VPN,SSH, Sflow support l Support applications (RDP, exchange)

5 Meru Confidential and Proprietary5 Enterprise WLAN Generations Fourth Generation: Raising the “Bar” Autonomous Centralized Microcell Centralized Virtual Cell Infrastructure & RF Configuration Individual APCentralized Association and Roaming Decisions Client Initiated; Client initiated;Controller Number of Clients Example VendorsCisco, Proxim…Cisco, Aruba, TrapezeMeru First Generation Second Generation Third Generation Fourth Generation Controller AP Consumer Grade APs not suitable for Enterprise Network Early 2000Mid 2000Late 2000 Generation Definitions Based on Gartner WLAN Research Reports

6 Meru Confidential and Proprietary6 Simplicity in Design for b/g/a/n l Plan placement and RF planning l Plan channels l Plan Power level l Post deployment verification l Monitoring and Management l RF load balancing (Domino Effect) l Dedicated staff to monitor RF l Add/move/change requires “going back to the drawing board” l Plan AP Placement l “COVERAGE” site survey l Monitoring and Management l Full power on AP ensures redundancy l Add/move/change “a non-issue” Micro Cell Virtual Cell b/g a n Micro Cell Virtual Cell

7 Meru Confidential and Proprietary7 Ch. 11 Virtual Cell WLAN Multiple Channel in Single Region Micro Cell WLAN Single Channel Per Region Using Channels to Double the Capacity All channels are consumed to provide a single channel of capacity per region Ch. 11 Ch. 6 Ch. 1 Ch. 6 Channel Span Multiple channels can be layered to add capacity per region Add capacity by layering channel spans Ch. 11 Channel Span Add capacity by redesign and more APs Ch. 11 Ch. 1

8 802.11N

9 Meru Confidential and Proprietary n Coverage and High Data Rates Can Fluctuate l 11a/g: Closer to Spherical l 11n: Porcupine-like Illustrative

10 Meru Confidential and Proprietary10 Typical Coverage Pattern for n Rate/Range is Unpredictable High rate Low rate Deployment Considerations l Coverage in n is unpredictable due to MIMO techniques l Higher co-channel interference; coordinated AP’s to mitigate needed l Predictive tools will not work l The optimal approach for n is one that minimizes the penalty for getting AP placements wrong Sample coverage from an installation

11 Meru Confidential and Proprietary11 What is media saying about Meru Networks Denver airport goes fast and free on Wi-Fi Denver airport goes fast and free on Wi-Fi Denver International Airport switched its public Wi-Fi offering from paid to advertising-supported and saw Wi-Fi use grew tenfold within a week InfoWorld – December 10, 2007 Meru, Avaya deploy mother of all WLAN networks Meru, Avaya deploy mother of all WLAN networks Telephony Online – November 28, 2007 The n wireless standard is ready. Are you? The n wireless standard is ready. Are you? SearchNetworking – October 25, 2007 Wireless LANs vs. wired LANs Wireless LANs vs. wired LANs Abandoning wired links proving not so crazy after all as n emerges. Network World – October 26, 2007 The all-wireless enterprise is here! The all-wireless enterprise is here! Tests show it's possible to ditch Ethernet for desktop access TechWorld – October 22, n wireless LAN tests show 'unbelievable' results at state college n wireless LAN tests show 'unbelievable' results at state college n generally seen as five times as fast as 11g, Morrisville IT staff finds Network World – August 6, 2007

12 Meru Confidential and Proprietary12 Client: Denver International Airport Profile l Fifth busiest USA Airport, #4 for just domestic flights. Challenge l End-user WiFi device speed is not control-able. l Build next generation of AT&T-Cisco network l Transition to “revenue-based” free WiFi l Secured separation of travelers, airlines, concessionaires, etc. l 100% mobile teaching and learning environment l Support data, voice and video l Centralized configuration and control Solution l Meru A, B, G, and N support for & 300MB users l Meru AP320 dual-N Access Points and High-Availability Controller configuration. l Application fairness - over-the air QoS for voice, video & Data l Centralized configuration and management

13 Meru Confidential and Proprietary13 Meru Provides Best of Both Worlds - Robust Architectures and Lowest TCO “Once we had the cabling infrastructure in place for the access points in each facility, we could just look at a floor plan to install the Meru APs. We didn’t have to pay experts to do RF planning or site surveys.” IT Director, University Medical Center Requires 20-30% Less Access Points: Saving Cable Pulls, PoE Ports Costs Eliminated Expensive, Site-Survey and Channel Planning ($5-10K per buildings) Lower OpEx: Operate and Manage WLAN with 1 vs. 5 personnel Pre-Deployment = $300K pre- deployment savings = $500K savings for a 2000 AP Network InfrastructurePost-Deployment = $400K annual recurring savings

14 Meru Confidential and Proprietary14 Summary: Customers Trust Meru to Deliver Wireless Without Compromise l Largest Deployment with No RF Planning l 3+ Million Square Feet l APs on a single channel l World’s Largest Enterprise WLAN Deployment l 30,000 radios; 250,000 students l Innovative, all-wireless teaching environment at Microsoft School of the Future with 600 Mbps of wireless capacity at every location l Highest user density production deployment l 100+ active users/AP l Completely wireless teaching/testing environment l Largest Enterprise FMC dual-mode phone deployment l phones, laptops; all-wireless 49 offices l First Campus-Wide n l 700+ APs in 30+ buildings l 11n laptops

15 Meru Confidential and Proprietary15 © 2008 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. Kris Kline Principal Architect - Converged Networking

16 Meru Confidential and Proprietary16 Avaya “Next Generation WLAN” Overview l Replacing various globally deployed Avaya/Lucent vintage.11B WLAN equipment l Using Meru AP208 A/B/G radios at all locations l Meru WLAN Selected – l Ease of Deployment – Single Channel l Voice Prioritization Capability l Fast Handoff While Roaming l Ability to Develop Avaya Features

17 Meru Confidential and Proprietary17 Avaya SSID Architecture l employee l WPA2 Enterprise l Data (PC) traffic l guest l Open with Captive Portal l Non-employee Internet Access l GRE Tunnel to DMZ* l fmc l WPA2 Enterprise l Voice (Handheld) traffic – Separate Voice VLAN l Primarily used by Dual-Mode Nokia, Samsung 3631, and PDAs l Special SSIDs – As Needed l Product Testing l Limited Distribution Networks l Require Firewall Rules on Controller*

18 Meru Confidential and Proprietary18 THANK YOU! l “…we could just look at a floor plan to install the Meru APs.” We didn’t have to pay experts to do RF planning or site surveys.” IT Director, University of Miami Medical Center l “When we realized that we wouldn't be able to move forward and meet our goals of providing campus-wide pervasive wireless with the existing WLAN, we turned to Meru. Director, Network and Communications Villanova University l With Meru’s WLAN System, we were able to eliminate many of the management issues associated with supporting a mission-critical wireless LAN infrastructure.” IS Group Manager McKee Foods l We estimate the system to save us $2 million dollars in just its first year. Manager of IT and Telecom St. John’s Hospital

19 Meru Networks Wireless Without Compromise

20 Meru Confidential and Proprietary20 Broad Market Penetration Sample Customers Higher Ed & K-12 Government HealthcareEnterprise Education Industrial & Retail

21 Meru Confidential and Proprietary21 The Unwired Enterprise: Osaka Gas Company, Japan l HQ + 50 offices, 6000 employees l 6000 WLAN/FOMA dual mode phones; 8000 data devices l All desks completely unwired l Wiring only in selected areas: conference rooms, disaster recovery l First of its kind in the world at this scale l Very public trial/bakeoff in Japan in Q1/Q2 2005, all major WLAN vendors participated

22 Meru Confidential and Proprietary22 Philadelphia School District School of The Future Profile l Top 10 national K-12 school district with 273 schools and > 217,000 students Challenge l Establish a next generation “School of The Future” l 100% mobile teaching and learning environment l Support secure, converged data, voice and video l High-performance, high density, everywhere l Centralized configuration and control Solution l Meru RS4000 Radio Switch and MC3000 Controllers l Maximum bandwidth and highest density l Application fairness - over-the air QoS l Centralized configuration and management

23 Meru Confidential and Proprietary23 Meru Networks Solution Ecosystem Clients & Applications Infrastructure Security

24 Avaya Wireless Overview Kris Kline Principal Architect - Converged Networking

25 Meru Confidential and Proprietary25 Avaya “Next Generation WLAN” Overview l Replacing various globally deployed Avaya/Lucent vintage.11B WLAN equipment l Using Meru AP208 A/B/G radios at all locations l Meru WLAN Selected – l Ease of Deployment – Single Channel l Voice Prioritization Capability l Fast Handoff While Roaming l Ability to Develop Avaya Features

26 Meru Confidential and Proprietary26 Avaya SSID Architecture l employee l WPA2 Enterprise l Data (PC) traffic l guest l Open with Captive Portal l Non-employee Internet Access l GRE Tunnel to DMZ* l fmc l WPA2 Enterprise l Voice (Handheld) traffic – Separate Voice VLAN l Primarily used by Dual-Mode Nokia, Samsung 3631, and PDAs l Special SSIDs – As Needed l Product Testing l Limited Distribution Networks l Require Firewall Rules on Controller*

27 Meru Confidential and Proprietary27 © 2008 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved.

28 BACKUP SLIDES

29 Meru Confidential and Proprietary29 Cost-effective scalability and ease of use in a dense user environment Education WLAN for Mission Critical Business Applications Unified network for voice, video and data applications Enterprise Patient care, data safety and medical error reduction Healthcare Just in time product delivery from the loading dock to the point of sale Selected market verticals Meru’s Solutions Enable Supply chain management, inventory control, process monitoring and product flow Manufacturing Service differentiation through state- of-the-art wireless Hospitality 18 Retail

30 Meru Confidential and Proprietary30 Remote APs Small remote office Branch Office / Stores 1-5 AP’s Mid Sized Office Distribution Centers Large Stores APs Central Campus Indoor/outdoor 1000 APs Distributed Campus Indoor/Outdoor APs Enterprise Wide WLAN Global Enterprises, Central Management Meru Offers End to End WLAN Portfolio

31 Meru Confidential and Proprietary31 University of Miami Medical Center Profile l Academic medical center in South Florida serving over 770 faculty, physicians and a total of 6,000 employees Challenge l Provide high-performance mobility services to its clinical, research and educational staff, medical students and visitors Solution l Meru’s WLAN System consisting of APs and Controllers eliminates co-channel interference & complex RF planning l Meru’s over-the-air Quality of Service ensures high quality data service in high-density environments l Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology eliminates handoff delays and creates seamless access l RF Planning Savings exceeded $500K

32 Meru Confidential and Proprietary32 What are some Industry Watchers saying about Meru Networks “Fourth-generation WLAN deployments will be most effective in using the various modes of n…” Sustainable Differentiation “The Meru System delivered twice the system throughput of micro cell… AP coordination is a significant benefit....the scale test was an eye opener for me. I was surprised to see how easily we could drive these (microcell) systems to unstable behavior.” – Phil Belanger, Novarum ABI Research Report Cites Meru Networks Technology as Best Architecture for “Voice over Wi-Fi”.


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