SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

November 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Chowan University Selects Aruba for New Campus-Wide Wireless Network

University Selects a Feature-Rich, Secure Network That Can Be Deployed Today and Scale Over Time to Accommodate Future Requirements

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in user-centric networks and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Chowan University has selected Aruba's adaptive wireless LAN and user-centric networks for its 300 acre Murfreesboro, North Carolina campus. Founded in 1848 by North Carolina Baptists and named to honor the Native American Algonquin Chowanook tribe, the university supports approximately 1,000 students and features a campus-wide fiber optic network. Following an extensive review of available wireless LAN suppliers, Aruba was selected for the new campus wireless network on the basis of its high performance adaptive wireless LAN technology, comprehensive firewall and wireless intrusion detection capabilities, and life-cycle cost advantage.

"Chowan is one of the fastest growing universities in North Carolina, and it was essential that the solution we purchased be able to grow over time without forklift upgrades," said Jay Howell, Chowan University's Executive Director of Information Technology. "Before selecting Aruba we considered a wide range of available products and architectures, and it was the security, ease-of-use, and scalability of Aruba's user-centric network that clinched the deal. The network we're deploying includes features typical of those used by the largest university and enterprise customers, but fits within a budget consistent with a campus of our size. Our first deployment phase includes 128 wireless access points, including outdoor radios to cover our athletic fields, and Aruba's new MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controller, which features a field-upgradable design and centralized architecture to simplify system deployment and maintenance. Over time we can add additional indoor and outdoor access points, as well as new features such as remote access for faculty and administrators, without sacrificing our initial investment."

Aruba's user-centric networks securely deliver the enterprise network to users by integrating adaptive WLANs, identity-based security, and application continuity services into a cohesive, high-performance system. By associating security policies with users, instead of ports or hardware, policies can be enforced independently of how or where a user accesses the network. This unique follow-me security capability provides unprecedented mobility for users while ensuring that security is always enforced.

"Chowan University is typical of many small to mid-sized institutions that want to deploy pervasive wireless networks with a rich suite of features and uncompromising security," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and head of products and partnerships. "Aruba offers a range of modular, scalable Multi-Service Mobility Controllers -- including our new 80Mbps MMC-6000 for large deployments and MMC-3000 series controllers for small to mid-tier applications -- to meet these needs within virtually any budget range while providing a growth path to meet tomorrow's requirements. We are very pleased to welcome Chowan to our fast-growing list of educational customers, and look forward to working with them as they deploy and grow their network over the coming years."

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba securely delivers the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that significantly expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive WLANs, identity-based security, and application continuity services into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be easily deployed as an overlay on top of existing network infrastructure. Adaptive WLANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across WLAN and cellular networks. The cost, convenience, and security benefits of user-centric networks 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

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