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New Wireless Access Point Takes On Unruly Applications

Xirrus® today announced major additions to its portfolio of wireless solutions. The Xirrus XR-520 represents a new class of Access Point that delivers the services of the Xirrus XR modular Array family in a low-cost, 2-radio AP option for class rooms, smaller office spaces,and more. Xirrus also announced a new release of the Xirrus Management System (XMS) that introduces XMS Cloud, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment option for XMS that delivers the full feature set of the existing on-premise offering without the need to maintain on-site equipment. Xirrus also is introducing Xirrus Activation Server, a service that enables zero-touch provisioning and deployment of a Xirrus wireless network.

The new AP, along with the entire Xirrus XR product line, feature Application Control, a comprehensive application recognition and policy control engine that operates directly in each XR device. Application Control enables firewall, QoS, and rate-limiting policies to be enforced at an application level directly at the network edge, helping IT administrators manage the exploding wireless usage in today’s BYOD environments to ensure that applications respond predictably when the network is under heavy load.

The XR-520 features a radio that can run in either the 5GHz or 2.4GHz bands, an integrated wireless controller and a dual-core Cavium network processor. In addition to Application Control, the XR-520 supports a full suite of integrated services including wireless IDS/IPS, stateful firewall, spectrum analysis, guest access, and Bonjour Director for Apple iOS device optimization.

The Xirrus XR-520, XMS 6.4, and zero-touch automated licensing capabilities are available February 2013. XMS Cloud is available initially in North America and in International markets mid 2013. To learn more, contact Xirrus at info@xirrus.com.

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