Bluesocket and Aruba or...

Fellow 'Noids,

We're looking at a move from Bluesocket to Aruba wireless, and I have a
few quick questions for anyone with any relevant experience.

1) If you are using Bluesocket, are you planning to or investigating a
move away from Bluesocket? If yes, why?

2) If you are moving, or have moved, from Bluesocket to another
solution, which one did you choose, and why?

3) If you have moved, or are moving, to Aruba Networks wireless, from
which solution did you move/are you moving, and why did you choose that
solution? What "closed the deal" for you?

4) If you moved from Bluesocket to Aruba, what advice would you give to
someone doing the same?

Thanks!

James

James P. Callison, MCP+I, MCSE
Network Administrator/Webmaster
The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
callison@www.law.ou.edu
The plains were full of buffalo as far as the eye could see
Their bellowing made for a fitful sleep for all the boys and me
And when they ran their rumbling gait shook the ground beneath
The plains were full of buffalo as far as the eye could see

Bluesocket and Aruba or...

On 5/14/2012 10:23 AM, James Callison wrote:
> We're looking at a move from Bluesocket to Aruba wireless

Well, it's official--after the week of July 16th, there will be one more
law school in the Aruba camp and one less in the Bluesocket camp. For
what it's worth, longevity of the products was one of the things that
the Aruba sales engineer specifically mentioned without being asked.

James

James P. Callison, MCP+I, MCSE
Network Administrator/Webmaster
The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
callison@www.law.ou.edu
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Saw my baby there
She was stretched out on a long, white table
So cold, so sweet, so sweet, so fair

RE: Bluesocket and Aruba or...

We're about to dump Bluesocket for several reasons, one - when I purchased my current controller, within two years they informed me it was going to be EOL in a year. I kicked and screamed and got them to extend it for 2 extra years, giving me 5 years total out of a 100K investment.

I was investigating replacing current BS controllers with the newer BS controllers and they wouldn't put in writing that the new controllers wouldn't be EOL'ed again within 5 years. In my opinion, The Bluesocket (now Adtran) brand has steadily declined, in both equipment, support and customer focus. I don't "trust" them during my conversations, and for me that represents a very mortal wound to my relationship with them - and I was a champion.

We started investigating Merkai and I spoke to Buddy from Florida Coastal who loves it, had the manufacturer come in and we were VERY impressed with their sales approach, product, service, etc.

Ultimately, I'm still deciding on whether to make the move... but almost 100% sure I will. The final cost will help me make that decision. I strongly suggest you look into it as a wireless option.

Regards,

Peter Stanisci
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Subject: [teknoids] Bluesocket and Aruba or...

Fellow 'Noids,

We're looking at a move from Bluesocket to Aruba wireless, and I have a few quick questions for anyone with any relevant experience.

1) If you are using Bluesocket, are you planning to or investigating a move away from Bluesocket? If yes, why?

2) If you are moving, or have moved, from Bluesocket to another solution, which one did you choose, and why?

3) If you have moved, or are moving, to Aruba Networks wireless, from which solution did you move/are you moving, and why did you choose that solution? What "closed the deal" for you?

4) If you moved from Bluesocket to Aruba, what advice would you give to someone doing the same?

Thanks!

James

James P. Callison, MCP+I, MCSE
Network Administrator/Webmaster
The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
callison@www.law.ou.edu
The plains were full of buffalo as far as the eye could see
Their bellowing made for a fitful sleep for all the boys and me
And when they ran their rumbling gait shook the ground beneath
The plains were full of buffalo as far as the eye could see

Bluesocket and Aruba or...

On 5/17/2012 12:11 PM, Peter Stanisci wrote:
> I was investigating replacing current BS controllers with the newer
> BS controllers and they wouldn't put in writing that the new
> controllers wouldn't be EOL'ed again within 5 years. In my opinion,
> The Bluesocket (now Adtran) brand has steadily declined, in both
> equipment, support and customer focus. I don't "trust" them during
> my conversations, and for me that represents a very mortal wound to
> my relationship with them - and I was a champion.

I know what you mean; Bluesocket had always done right by us, but they'd
started going into a bit of a decline before their acquisition by
Adtran. It has been quite some time since they released an update for
the controllers, and the latest patch actually made things worse here.
Going to the Bluesocket support page to be told to go the Adtran support
page and then not being able to find Bluesocket support documents on the
Adtran support site certainly wasn't confidence-inspiring, and the fact
that our vendor (the one from whom we bought the Bluesocket equipment)
can't get a correct renewal quote out of Adtran certainly doesn't help.
Well, I guess I should say that it doesn't help *Adtran*; it certainly
does help Aruba.

I'm not in charge of the money, so I don't make the final decision, but
I think the chances are very good that we'll be moving to Aruba--the
quote we got from our vendor was very aggressively priced. As I recall,
we'll be able to replace our Bluesocket infrastructure with Aruba for
not much more than the price of the BSCs we bought a couple of years
ago--and we'll be increasing our coverage and speed, to boot.

James

James P. Callison, MCP+I, MCSE
Network Administrator/Webmaster
The University of Oklahoma Law Center ITS
callison@www.law.ou.edu
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