SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

September 29, 2009 00:10 ET

France's Arts et Metiers ParisTech Engineers a Secure Multi-Campus Wi-Fi Network With Aruba Networks and Bluesafe

Ten Campus Network Services One of France's Most Prestigious Engineering Schools

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that the Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ex-ENSAM) has deployed Aruba's adaptive wireless solutions at its Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Bordeaux, Châlons-en-Champagne, Chambéry, Cluny, Lille, Metz, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Paris campuses. Originally founded by the Duke of Rochefoucauld-Liancourt in 1780, the institution is one of France's ten most prestigious engineering schools and welcomes more than 4,500 students every year. The new wireless LAN links students, faculty, and staff members to network resources, and also provides guest Internet access to visitors. The multi-campus deployment was undertaken by Aruba partner and wireless LAN specialist, Bluesafe.

The new network enables users to move between Arts et Métiers ParisTech's campuses with the assurance that authentication and access rights will be consistently and uniformly applied regardless of how or where they access the wireless network. Aruba's policy enforcement firewall ensures that locally defined policies are enforced on a per-user, per-application basis at each campus. Additionally, the new Aruba networks interoperate with the Eduroam authentication service, a secure international roaming service for European research and educational institutions. The Eduroam network interconnects the RADIUS authentication servers of its member establishments both nationally and internationally, enabling traveling scholars to connect to the network of other member schools using their own identification information and without establishing a visitor account.

"We wanted to continue ensuring optimum security within our campuses and Aruba made this possible," said Sylvain Ricard, who heads up the school's wireless project. "Aruba's integrated ICSA-certified firewall implements and manages user profiles and access, while strong WPA2 encryption means that data are always secure. Of course, security is for naught if the network isn't reliable, and Aruba's adaptive Wi-Fi technology optimizes both client and network performance in real-time without any manual intervention by my team. No site surveys, no tweaking -- it just works. Bluesafe's applications expertise, and their willingness to address our specific deployment needs, made the commissioning process uneventful."

Each campus is equipped with an Aruba Multi-Service Mobility Controller and wireless access points, while one smaller remote site is networked using Aruba's innovative Remote Access Point (RAP) technology. RAP is designed to deliver the campus network to remote locations, offering high security without the client management and administrative burdens typical of VPNs.

"Today it is a given that educational institutions need wireless networks, but as they have evolved into business-critical infrastructure a keen eye has been turned on the security and integrity of those networks," said Pascal Desaint, Aruba's General Manager for France and Southern Europe. "ENSAM's need for both an always-on wireless LAN and military-grade security is increasingly common, and Aruba has a very distinctive offering tailored to these requirements. That the solution is also very economical has made Aruba a leader in the education wireless LAN market in France and other countries."

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.

About Bluesafe

Bluesafe is a French consultancy, service, and engineering company with a major focus in the design and integration of secured WLANs. Its mission is to design mobility solutions for large companies, leveraging its expertise in Wi-Fi, and voice over wireless LAN. Since its creation in 2002, Bluesafe has designed and implemented wireless infrastructure for finance, retail, government, and entertainment customers. The firm offers consultancy services in mobility, wireless network integration, and wireless audits and surveys. To learn more, visit Bluesafe at www.bluesafe.com.

© 2009 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., The All-Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, RFprotect, Green Island, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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