SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

September 15, 2008 01:00 ET

Aruba Networks' 802.11n Market Share Grows to More Than 25 Percent in New Dell'Oro Report

Market Share Exceeds 27% in Revenue, 25% in Units Shipped for Dependent 802.11n Enterprise Access Points

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that in the second calendar quarter of 2008 its share of the enterprise 802.11n dependent access point wireless LAN market rose to 27.3% in terms of revenue, and 25.6% in terms of units shipped, up from 4.8% market share for both categories in the first quarter of 2008. The market data are based on a newly published report titled Wireless LAN Report 2Q08, Vol. 8, No. 2 by Dell'Oro Group. Aruba, the world's second largest supplier of enterprise wireless LANs by revenue, started shipping 802.11n access points in volume in February 2008.

"The higher throughput, capacity, and range offered by 802.11n-based equipment is changing perceptions of WLAN as a complement to part of the core enterprise network," according to Dell'Oro's report. "During the first half of 2008, 802.11n-based equipment shipments reached 8% of total enterprise WLAN unit shipments; we expect this percentage to reach 18% of total unit shipments in the second half of the year. Overall we estimate the WLAN penetration rate for the full year of 2008 will reach 14% and grow to 30% by 2012."

Aruba has taken an innovative approach to 802.11n by focusing on the aesthetics and miniaturization of its access point design, lowering power consumption, and incorporating the latest security features such as Trusted Platform Modules. To simplify installation and maintenance, the company's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology automatically adapts the 802.11n network to accommodate user behavior, interference, and nearby networks. The combination of innovative design and usability features have resonated with customers as demonstrated by the quarter-by-quarter increase in market share.

"The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11n draft standard, although unfinished, is the beginning of the end for wired Ethernet as the dominant local area network (LAN) access technology in the enterprise," said Paul DeBeasi. "We're already seeing how refinements in system silicon, radio design, network control, wireless security, and power management have improved 802.11n to the point where it is starting to erode the switched Ethernet access market."

"Aruba is leading the charge into the all-wireless workplace using advanced 802.11n designs as its spearhead," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and chief technology officer. "This effort has coincided with a fundamental shift in the market towards wireless solutions that enhance mobility, allow resources to be moved where they are needed most, and lower the cost of network deployments and maintenance. The enterprise wireless LAN market remains a two horse race, but these latest market share data show that we're gaining fast on the incumbent."

Dell'Oro market summary and vendor information reports are available by subscription from the Dell'Oro Group. More details can be found at www.delloro.com.

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our mobility solutions enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure
    that users are always within reach of mission-critical information;
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
--  Remote networking solutions and fixed mobile convergence ensure
    uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
--  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.

© 2008 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., RFProtect, The All Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, 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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