SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

October 21, 2008 01:00 ET

Aruba Networks' 802.11n Wireless Network Selected by Tomball Independent School District

Twelve Schools in Harris County, Texas, Are Deploying Campus-Wide High Speed Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Tomball Independent School District (ISD) in Harris County, Texas has selected Aruba's 802.11n wireless LAN technology and identity-based security for use across the district's 12 facilities including elementary, intermediate, and high schools. Tomball ISD covers more than 83 square miles and supports more than 9,700 students and 1,300 faculty and staff. The district's technology plan calls for the integration of technology in all areas of the curriculum, including a telecommunications networks through which all students can share and obtain research. The legacy wireless network was not capable of meeting this requirement, and following a review of competing solutions, Aruba's 802.11n wireless LAN was selected for the project.

"Our district is relatively small compared to the other districts in the area and with our smaller IT staff, it was imperative to find a wireless solution that was easy to manage," said Tom Brawley, Tomball ISD's Director of Technology. "Accordingly, Tomball ISD looked for a solution that would meet our technical requirements and support the large number of wireless devices at our campuses, and Aruba fit that bill perfectly. A growing number of school districts around the Houston area have selected Aruba because it is easy to set up, and can be remotely diagnosed, centrally managed, and upgraded over the network without requiring a truck roll. Tomball ISD is looking forward to watching our students use the newly installed 802.11n solution to tap into the media-rich content on the Internet."

Aruba's mobility solutions securely deliver networks to users by integrating adaptive 802.11n wireless LANs, identity-based security, voice over Wi-Fi 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. Identity-based security protects the integrity of the network while providing unprecedented mobility for users.

"School districts turn to Aruba because our networks are easy to use, offer best-in-class performance, and can be maintained with minimal IT overhead," said Robert Fenstermacher, Aruba's head of education marketing. "To reduce support overhead, our self-optimizing and standards-based design is interoperable with Centrino, Pentium, Apple, and other standard clients. Given the wide range of computers in use at schools, proven interoperability is a must."

A free technical brief on interoperability and 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 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

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

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