SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

May 20, 2008 08:00 ET

Aruba Networks' 802.11N Wireless Network Selected by Houston's Spring Branch Independent School District

Secure, High Speed Network Will Scale to Meet District's Networking Requirements for Years to Come

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, today announced that Spring Branch Independent School District (ISD) in Houston, Texas has selected Aruba's 802.11n wireless LAN technology and identity-based security for use across the district's 51 facilities including 46 elementary, intermediate, and high schools. Spring Branch ISD covers more than 44 square miles and supports more than 32,000 students and 6,800 faculty and staff. In accordance with the district's technology plan, a district-wide secure wireless network was needed to address the learning and administrative needs of faculty, staff, and students. The legacy wireless network was not available district-wide and a new, more capable network was sought to address security and scalability requirements. Following an extensive review of competing solutions, Spring Branch ISD selected Aruba as the wireless network supplier.

"We run a sizable district spread over a large area, and it was imperative that the new wireless network be very simple to set-up and maintain, meet our current and future networking needs including streaming video, and offer high security to protect the privacy and confidentiality of faculty, staff, and student communications," said Venu Rao, Spring Branch ISD's Chief Information Officer. "We will deploy roughly 2,000 802.11n access points across fifty one facilities, and we want to minimize IT staff overhead associated with network operations. Aruba's networks automatically optimize performance and minimize interference, and its centralized management minimizes truck rolls by offering remote diagnosis, management, and code downloading. Our security needs will be addressed by high security encryption and a policy-based firewall."

Aruba's unified mobility solutions securely deliver networks to users by integrating adaptive 802.11n wireless LANs, identity-based security, Wi-Fi-to-cellular solutions, and multi-vendor network management into a cohesive, high-performance system. By automatically adapting the 802.11n network to accommodate user behavior, interference, and nearby networks, Aruba simplifies wireless LAN set-up and operation. Unique follow-me security capabilities provide unprecedented mobility for users while ensuring that security is always enforced.

"Ease-of-use and network security are the watchwords among school districts today, and we have designed Aruba's wireless LANs to minimize IT overhead, automate set-up, do away with manual surveys, and secure the network regardless of how or where someone attempts to gain entry," said Chris Harget, Aruba's head of K-12 marketing. "Field-proven Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology automatically maximizes network performance for data, voice, and video applications, and corrects for interference from near-by networks. Tests prove that ARM delivers the highest available 802.11n performance with Centrino, Pentium, Apple, and other standard clients, an essential feature given the wide range of PCs in use at schools."

A free technical brief on 802.11n laptop performance titled "802.11n Client Throughput Performance" can be downloaded from Aruba's Web site at

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our unified mobility solutions include Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, remote access and cellular services, and centralized multi-vendor network management to enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Follow-Me Connectivity: Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize
    themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical
--  Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to
    users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is
--  Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network
    integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
--  Follow-Me Management: Multi-vendor network management provides a
    single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless
    networks from both Aruba and its competitors.

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our unified 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

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