SOURCE: Bluesocket


November 15, 2010 09:47 ET

Bluesocket's VMware-Based vWLAN Deployed in Large Campus Environment

North Idaho College Leverages Virtualization to Scale Their WLAN

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) -  Bluesocket™, the leading provider of high performing, secure virtual wireless solutions, today announced that North Idaho College deployed the Bluesocket vWLAN® solution on VMware. North Idaho College joins other Bluesocket customers who are leveraging the scale and cost advantages of their VMware installation and extending those benefits to the WLAN, thereby lowering costs, achieving superior reliability and realizing greater performance.

Like many organizations, North Idaho College had a controller-based legacy WLAN in place. This WLAN was being stressed by 802.11n data rates as well as a proliferation of Wi-Fi devices. The college looked for an optimal solution for their campus deployment and found that Bluesocket's vWLAN solution was faster, more secure, and reduced the total cost of ownership. Scaling the network was simple and cost effective. What made Bluesocket especially attractive was how the solution built on the investment already made in VMware. Adding WLAN control and management was consistent with North Idaho College's objective of virtualizing applications. 

"A virtually managed WLAN solution was an easy addition to our virtual strategy and was perfectly aligned with our 2011 IT goals. It presented a way to further leverage the cost benefits of a virtual infrastructure," said Paul Swaim, Manager of Network Technology at North Idaho College.

"We are pleased that North Idaho College selected and deployed Bluesocket's VMware-based vWLAN solution. College campuses represent a very challenging environment for wireless networks as the users are numerous and can be quite concentrated. In addition, end users tend to have multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices that require 802.11n data rates. Bluesocket was able to cost-effectively meet this challenge by leveraging North Idaho College's investment in VMware," said Chris Koeneman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bluesocket. "Bluesocket is the only company to combine the power and scale of VMware with the convenience and accessibility of a wireless network."

Cost effective scaling and performance are important, but security on wireless networks is still a major concern. "Wireless used to be the least secure part of your network and it was a concern. With vendors like Bluesocket, leading the way with secure 802.11n WLAN infrastructure, wireless is now more reliable and has better performance than some other parts of the network," says Paul Swaim, North Idaho College. "With Bluesocket's distributed architecture, managed and controlled virtually, we get the best of both worlds: A fast and reliable WLAN that is highly cost effective to scale and manage," continued Swaim.

North Idaho College will be expanding into the surrounding community, over the coming years. They have an ambitious plan to have remote education sites enabled with wireless access, which calls for management from a private cloud. "We could not imagine making such aggressive expansion plans with our old legacy solution," concluded Mr. Swaim.

About North Idaho College

Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college providing a wide array of academic, professional-technical, and workforce training programs. NIC enrolls approximately 5,700 students in its academic programs and totaled 8,000 course enrollments in various non-credit courses in 2008-09. The college's 45-acre campus is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. The college delivers courses to centers in Ponderay, Post Falls, and the Silver Valley, as well as to various sites throughout the five northern counties through the Internet and an extensive network of interactive video classrooms.

About Bluesocket

Based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA, Bluesocket is a leading provider of secure, high-performance wireless networks for large enterprise customers. Bluesocket's award-winning vWLAN is a breakthrough innovation that brings virtualization to the WLAN. Based on a distributed architecture, the vWLAN optimizes security, accelerates performances, enables mobility, and provides unmatched scalability. Over 2,800 customers in 47 countries rely on Bluesocket's innovations.

Bluesocket, the Bluesocket logo, BlueProtect, BlueSecure and vWLAN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bluesocket, Inc. VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective companies.

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