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June 20, 2012

Aruba Networks Situated in the First Magic Quadrant

Aruba Networks was founded by Keerti Melkote and Pankaj Manglik in 2002 and the company went public in March of 2007. The computer networking company maintains its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.   There are over 1,200 employees who work for Aruba Networks. It is a networking promoting and selling company that specializes in the selling of enterprise wireless large area networks, or wireless LANs, and networking equipment.

Wireless large area network is links between two or more devices produced by a sort of wireless distribution system, like a broadband router. The links between electronic devices provide access to the Internet. An example of this would be a notebook computer being connected to a wireless access point by going through a PC wireless card. This access gives the computer the option to move around while using the Internet without having to be physically attached to any kind of wires or cords. Aruba Networks presents consumers with mobile Internet options and equipment so they can connect to their online information across wireless enterprise networks.

Recently, Aruba Networks was able to situate itself in the Leaders Quadrant in First Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN company. The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a research tool. The goal of Magic Quadrant is to give a qualitative analysis of the current market conditions. The analysis would include inferences on the direction the market is going. If a company uses this service available from Magic Quadrant, that company would become a stronger competitor in a particular area of the market.

There has been criticism that Magic Quadrant analysis’s favor investors and vendors more than providing unbiased information to the buyers. This criticism comes from the conflict of interest since Magic Quadrant is being paid by venders to have their business analyzed. Some say the exchange of this money can influence any decisions made about a company.

Although Magic Quadrant is paid to analyze Aruba Networks that does not automatically get the networking company in the leader’s quadrant. Through analysis and experts looking at the numbers and shares from the company, a conclusion was made about how well the market will treat this company in the future.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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