SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

December 11, 2007 08:00 ET

Cornell University Selects Aruba Networks to Provide Faculty, Staff, and Students With Ubiquitous Wireless Access

Project Includes Replacing Legacy Wireless Network to Boost Performance and Coverage

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in user-centric networks and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Cornell University has selected and started deploying Aruba's adaptive wireless LANs across its Ithaca, New York campus. Founded in 1865, Cornell is an Ivy League university with more than 20,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and some 260 buildings spread across a 745 acre campus. Once fully deployed, the campus will include 4,500 wireless indoor and outdoor access points.

Based on an extensive technical evaluation, Aruba was selected because of the robustness, scalability, and security of its wireless LANs. Cornell's in-depth technical assessment included both adaptive and single channel wireless LAN technologies, and Aruba's solution offered better performance in the dense data, voice, and video application environment found at the university. In addition, Aruba reliably supported the broad array of wireless PC clients that students bring on campus, including Intel Centrino and Apple Macintosh.

The first phase of Cornell's deployment involves replacing almost 900 legacy wireless devices with Aruba's wireless access points, including the new 802.11n devices, all managed by Aruba's new 80Gbps MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controller. The network will be expanded thereafter to cover the entire campus.

"Wireless LANs are a critical network resource for students, faculty, and staff in today's universities, and in their role as business-critical infrastructure the wireless LANs must perform to a very high standard," said Keerti Melkote, Aruba's co-founder and head of products and partnerships. "That means, for instance, that the wireless LANs must work with every type of standard client that students bring on campus. Integrated security and endpoint compliance must be available to ensure that those clients are well behaved. And the networks must scale to support campus wide deployments without imposing extra overhead on the IT staff. These requirements play to Aruba's strengths, and we look forward to working with Cornell on both their current deployment and as they migrate towards an all-wireless network in the future."

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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