SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

March 18, 2008 08:00 ET

Aruba Networks and Avaya Collaborate on Green Teleworker Voice and Data Access Solutions

Aruba Remote Access Points and Avaya IP Phones Simply and Securely Bring the Enterprise Experience to Remote Users

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, today announced it is working with Avaya, Inc., a global leader in business communications applications, software and services, to provide a voice and data access solution for teleworkers. The unified mobility solution securely delivers enterprise voice and data applications to teleworkers in any location, regardless of how they connect to the communications network or what enterprise applications they need to access.

The need to reduce CO2 emissions, coupled with economic trends favor mobile workforces that can be deployed where and as needed, makes telecommuting a very attractive option. A telecommuter traveling 45 miles -- the distance between San Jose and San Francisco -- twice a week instead of every day will reduce annual CO2 emissions by roughly 5.5 metric tons. Making an always-mobile workforce productive requires provisioning a secure, desk-like work experience, everywhere.

Aruba and Avaya are addressing this need with an Internet Protocol (IP)-based solution that integrates components of the Avaya Connected Teleworker solution -- including IP telephones, Avaya Communication Manager software and Avaya Modular Messaging servers -- with Aruba adaptive wireless LANs. The solution provides identity-based, follow-me security wherever a teleworker roams, using an unobtrusively packaged remote access point that includes an integrated firewall and router, and a centralized management system that accommodates even the largest enterprise and workforce.

"Teleworkers aren't a vision of the future -- they're hitting the streets today, and this unified mobility solution enables the enterprise network to keep them securely connected wherever they choose to work," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and head of products and partnerships. "As more workers are untethered from their desks and sent to work on the road and in virtual offices, wired enterprise networks will evolve in favor of all-wireless unified mobility solutions. The solution from Aruba and Avaya is designed to deliver the same secure office experience -- including universal single number calling and forwarding of IP calls -- as the remote user would have enjoyed in the traditional office setting."

Aruba is a member of the Avaya DevConnect program -- an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company's investment in its network. As a Platinum member of the program, Aruba is eligible to submit products for compatibility testing by the Avaya Solution Interoperability and Test Lab in Lincroft, N.J. There a team of Avaya engineers develops a comprehensive test plan for each application to verify whether it is Avaya compliant.

Among the many Aruba products that have been rated compliant by Avaya DevConnect is Aruba's Remote Access Point software. This software can be loaded on any Aruba access point, which are among the smallest on the market and can easily fit in a purse or valise. The Remote Access Point provides a secure connection back to the enterprise without requiring a client, and features a built-in stateful firewall and a split-tunneling router. The user need only connect the access point to any wide area network (WAN) and the software will automatically find the primary or back-up enterprise data center, establish a secure link, and start delivering applications.

All Avaya wired or wireless IP phone works with the Aruba Remote Access Point, and together they provide complete voice and data connectivity for teleworkers. The solution provides client-to-core security and IPsec tunneling, but does away with the complexity of a virtual private network (VPN), enabling multiple phones and PCs to work securely with a single Remote Access Point. A comparable VPN set-up would require at least two VPNs, four IP addresses, VPN client software for PCs, and possibly even a router.

"Our objective is to deliver a great out-of-office teleworker experience without compromising any features, functions or security," said Eric Rossman, Avaya's Vice President of the DevConnect program. "Aruba and Avaya can deliver the applications workers need, wherever they choose to work. Enterprises gain the flexibility and cost savings that come from a mobile workforce without imposing restrictions or compromising security."

The teleworker solution is available for immediate deployment, and has been tested for interoperability under both Avaya's DevConnect program and Aruba's technology partnership program.

About Avaya

Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1 million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®, use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com. For more information on the Avaya DevConnect program, visit www.avaya.com/devconnect.

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

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 network management to enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Follow-Me Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks ensure that users
    are always within reach of mission-critical information;
--  Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to
    users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is
    accessed;
--  Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network
    integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move.
    

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 http://www.arubanetworks.com.

(c) 2008 Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks, The All Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, People Move. Networks Must Follow., RFProtect, Bluescanner, The Mobile Edge Company and Mobile Edge Architecture are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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