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Aruba Networks, Inc.

December 16, 2009 00:10 ET

Industry Veteran to Head up Worldwide Channel Sales at Aruba Networks

Bob Bruce Attracted by Aruba's Channel Programs, Fast Growth, Financial Stability, and Technology Leadership

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced the appointment of Bob Bruce as vice president of worldwide channel sales. Mr. Bruce is a well-respected industry veteran, and brings with him over 30 years of enterprise sales and channel experience.

"Channel execution is one of the key drivers behind Aruba's strong growth over the last four quarters, and we've brought Bob on board to accelerate the trend," said Dominic Orr, Aruba's president and CEO. "Goldman Sachs' latest IT market survey shows that a growing number of IT managers are looking for bids from networking vendors other than Cisco, and as a best-of-breed vendor Aruba is named as a 'disproportionate beneficiary' of that trend. We want to help our channel partners capitalize on this opportunity, and Bob's long and successful career at some of Silicon Valley's most storied companies make him an ideal choice for this important role."

Prior to joining Aruba, Mr. Bruce was the Vice President of North American Sales for Meru Networks, a privately-owned supplier of proprietary wireless networks that recently completed its Series F financing round ($182 million raised to date). At Meru, Mr. Bruce was responsible for managing domestic sales operations.

Before joining Meru, Mr. Bruce oversaw Juniper Networks' service provider and enterprise channels in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America as the company's Vice President of Americas Channels and head of Western enterprise sales. Prior to Juniper he served for nearly a decade as Cisco Systems' Vice President of U.S. Channels where he helped build Cisco's channel business by accelerating bookings and increasing customer satisfaction. Mr. Bruce held similar sales positions at 3Com and Rolm/IBM before joining Cisco. Mr. Bruce holds an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

"My tenures at Juniper, Cisco, and 3COM witnessed periods of enormous growth and technological ferment, and I see the very same processes in play at Aruba," said Mr. Bruce. "Aruba is pumping resources into its channel programs, and has the financial muscle to significantly expand their scope. The award-winning customer support, backed by outstanding execution and an exceptional technological vision, truly sets Aruba apart."

Additional information about Aruba's channel programs is available on-line.

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

--  Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that
    users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing
    expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
    reduces both capital and operating expenses;
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
--  Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters,
    and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to
    applications;
--  Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control
    while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its
    competitors.
    

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our secure mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArubaNetworks.

© 2009 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., The All-Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, RFprotect, Green Island, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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