SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

May 14, 2008 08:00 ET

Aruba Wireless LAN Deployment at Microsoft Exceeds 11,000 Centrally Managed Access Points

75% of Employees Use the Wireless LAN Every Day, 72% Say They Can Now Work Without Any Wires at All

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Microsoft has passed an important milestone having deployed more than 11,000 centrally managed access points in its massively scalable wireless LAN. The Aruba deployment replaced a legacy system of autonomous access points that was difficult to manage, lacked guest access support, and required enhanced security features. The sheer scale of the centralized Aruba system, spanning as it does across virtually every continent, makes it one of the largest enterprise wireless networks in the world.

Originally announced in June 2005, the network was to include 5,000 access points and serve over 25,000 simultaneous users worldwide each day. While the scope of the system subsequently expanded, the objectives remained the same: provide follow-me connectivity and follow-me security to all users regardless of where they work or roam; offer centralized management of the entire network with redundant back-up; support a wide array of personal computing systems; and enable a number of new and improved IT services. The Aruba wireless network services over 80,000 unique wireless client users.

"We embarked on this project with very specific objectives with respect to network management, security, and end user satisfaction and the numbers speak for themselves," said Victoria Poncini, Microsoft's Network Architect. "Today more than 75% of our employees use the wireless LAN every day, and 72% said they could work without any wires at all. 93% of users can use their computers in new locations because of the enhanced mobility afforded by the wireless LAN, and 70% of employees said the network saved them at least 5 work hours a week because of increased flexibility. Because of large user adoption of wireless connectivity it is not difficult to envision a time when we transition to an all-wireless workplace."

Aruba's unified mobility networks securely deliver the enterprise network to users by integrating adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, application continuity services, and multi-vendor network management into a cohesive, high-performance system. Adaptive wireless LANs deliver follow-me connectivity to roaming users, and support standard Wi-Fi clients such as Intel Centrino. Aruba's identity-based security associates policies with users instead of ports, delivering follow-me security that provides expanded mobility for users without compromising security.

"Just as Aruba relies on Microsoft SharePoint, Office, and Outlook products to enhance our productivity, so, too, does Microsoft look to Aruba's adaptive wireless LANs to enhance employee mobility and efficiency," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and head of partnerships and products. "For most Aruba customers, Microsoft included, the wireless LAN is their primary enterprise network. Microsoft's extensive, business-critical deployment is a strong endorsement for the scalability, robustness, and security of Aruba's wireless LANs."

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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