SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

January 16, 2008 08:00 ET

The M6 Group Hits the Airwaves With Aruba and Bluesafe

Secure Wireless Network Is Fielded at Broadcasting Company's Seven Building Headquarters Facility and Remote Sites

PARIS--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in user-centric networks and secure mobility solutions, and network integrator Bluesafe today announced that broadcaster M6 Group (EuroNext: MMT) has chosen Aruba's adaptive wireless LANs and identity-based security solutions for M6's expansive seven building headquarters facilities. The wireless LAN solution will be installed by Bluesafe to enhance employee mobility and provide wireless access to the Internet and the TV station's portal. Aruba's solution will also permit M6 to build IT-enabled stage sets quickly and inexpensively both within M6's offices and off site. The sets are used in-house for TV programs, special events, and projects. At remote sites, such as trade shows, visitors need direct access to the channel's portal. Aruba's centrally managed Wi-Fi network was selected because it could be quickly deployed without lengthy site surveys, and did not require prior activation of dedicated communication links.

"We wanted fast, secure, and pervasive network access to corporate IT resources through laptops and PDAs, and a wireless network was the best solution," said Frédéric Mai, M6's Director of IT Operations. "We needed a Wi-Fi network that would quickly meet all of our staff's mobility requirements, and Aruba fit the bill."

The M6 Group chose Aruba to supply the advanced wireless mobility products and Bluesafe, a systems integrator and wireless infrastructure expert, to provide integration and support services at the Group's headquarters at Neuilly sur Seine. Aruba's Remote Access Point technology, a fast and secure method of networking remote sites, is used for on-demand remote applications.

"Due to the wide variety of deployment requirements M6 needed a wireless LAN that could configure and continuously optimize itself without manual assistance," said Fabrice Jonvel, Bluesafe's Sales Director. "Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management technology does exactly that, freeing Bluesafe to focus on deploying the application instead of configuring and tweaking the system. The result saved considerable time and allowed us to deliver a system that we believe will guarantee top performance over the long term."

Aruba's user-centric networks securely deliver the enterprise network to users by integrating adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, remote access, and fixed mobile convergence solutions into a cohesive, high-performance system. Adaptive wireless LANs deliver follow-me connectivity to roaming users, support standard Wi-Fi clients -- such as Apple Macintosh and Intel Centrino -- and deliver toll-quality WPA2 encrypted voice and streaming video. Aruba's identity-based security associates policies with users instead of ports, delivering follow-me security that provides unprecedented mobility for users without compromising security. Remote access and enterprise fixed mobile convergence solutions deliver follow-me applications and toll-quality voice to users wherever they work or roam.

"Aruba's remote access technology delivers the enterprise network anywhere a user works or roams, and in the case of M6 enables remote portals to be quickly and easily set up," said Pascal Desaint, General Manager, France, Mediterranean Europe and Africa, Aruba Networks. "The entire network is centrally managed -- even the remote sites -- saving M6's IT staff from having to trek into the field every time a temporary portal is required. This is as close to a truly plug-and-play dispersed network as one can achieve, and we look forward to continuing to work with both Bluesafe and M6 as they push the limits of the system with new applications to meet M6's business needs."

About Aruba Networks

Aruba securely delivers the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that significantly expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive WLANs, identity-based security, and application continuity services into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be easily deployed as an overlay on top of existing network infrastructure. Adaptive WLANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across WLAN and cellular networks. The cost, convenience, and security benefits of user-centric networks 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

About Bluesafe

Bluesafe is a French consultancy, service, and engineering company with a major focus in the design and integration of secured WLANs. Its mission is to design mobility solutions for large companies, leveraging its expertise in Wi-Fi, WiMax, and voice over wireless LAN. Since its creation in 2002, Bluesafe has designed and implemented wireless infrastructure for finance, retail, government, and entertainment customers. The firm offers consultancy services in mobility, wireless network integration, and wireless audits and surveys. To learn more, visit Bluesafe at

About M6

In just 20 years, M6 has become a major player in the media world. M6 is the second most popular generalist channel with the under 50 viewers attracting 16.4% of audience share. In 2007, M6 pulled in more than 4 million viewers 1 evening out of 3 (Médiamétrie/Médiamat, January-December 2007). The station adds color to the broadcasting canvas: its off-beat tone and dynamic creativity when developing new programs are an integral part of the station's culture. M6 stands for innovation and nurtures its uniqueness. M6 is a multimedia group with 9 digital stations (W9, Paris Première, Téva, Fun TV, M6 Music Rock, Black et hit, Série Club, TF6) and numerous other diversified activities: publishing, magazines, records, video, concerts, derivative products, Internet, mobile telephony, cinema, sales by correspondence, and football. To learn more, visit M6 at

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