SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

September 09, 2009 00:10 ET

Britthaven Deploys Aruba Networks' Wireless LANs Across 60 Skilled Nursing Facilities for Pharmacy Management and Clinical Documentation

Integration Services Provided by Authorized Partner AT&T

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Britthaven, Inc. has deployed adaptive Wi-Fi networks across 60 skilled nursing facilities and retirement homes in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. The facilities range in size from 37 to 250 beds, and many feature specialized therapy services and 24 x 7 admissions. Pharmacy management and access to clinical documentation are business-critical tasks that require secure, reliable connectivity. Britthaven had outgrown its legacy Nortel wireless networks, which were unable to deliver critical security services and were complex to manage. Moreover, every add, move, or change required the dispatch of an IT technician, an expensive proposition. Following multi-week test deployments with Aruba and two other wireless vendors, Aruba was selected for the project. The wireless network was supplied by authorized Aruba partner, AT&T.

"From the moment we launched our trial deployments, Aruba stood apart from other vendors because its competitive differentiation had clear and tangible end-user benefits," said Bobby Jefferson, Britthaven's CIO. "We had a defined suite of tests to run to assess the robustness and security of the network, and Aruba alone was able to successfully pass every one of them. Where Aruba needed just a single controller to secure and manage their network, the competition required a stack of appliances. We wanted multiple encryption options per SSID and a flexible guest access system that could be wholly operated by a receptionist without IT involvement -- the Aruba controller satisfied both of these requirements. Finally, we wanted to simplify and lower the cost of network design and installation. Aruba allowed us to centralize network management at our corporate operations center, eliminating the need for local specialists and enabling us to use electricians to install new access points."

Each of the 60 facilities is equipped with between 4 to 30 access points and a 3000 series controller. The 3000 Series Controllers provide up to 8Gbps throughput and, depending on the model, support up to 2048 users and 512 remote access points. The wireline capability of the controllers extends Aruba's award-winning, identity-based security technology to wired networks, eliminating the need for extra-cost security processors.

To deliver a best-in-class wireless experience, Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology lowers deployment and maintenance costs by automating site surveys and using infrastructure-based controls to optimize the performance of Wi-Fi clients in real-time. Acting on their own, Wi-Fi clients do not always work cooperatively with other clients, or select the optimal band, channel, and access point. These issues are exacerbated in settings with densely packed users such as university classrooms, lecture halls and libraries. ARM uses a variety of techniques to control how Wi-Fi clients interact, thereby ensuring that data, voice, and video applications have sufficient network resources, including airtime, to operate properly.

"Britthaven's requirements are typical of enterprises with business-critical applications that must run non-stop across dozens or even hundreds of locations," said Manav Khurana, Aruba's head of industry marketing. "Aruba is focused on making these networks easier to deploy and manage by auto-adapting Wi-Fi operation at the network edge and centralizing management, encryption, and policy enforcement in the data center. The result is a network that lowers operating expenses by requiring very little overhead to install and manage."

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

--  Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that
    users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing
    expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
    reduces both capital and operating expenses;
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
--  Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters,
    and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to
    applications;
--  Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control
    while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its
    competitors.
    

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 http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArubaNetworks.

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