SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

February 23, 2009 01:00 ET

MultiCare Health System Manages Cisco and Nortel Wireless Networks With Aruba's AirWave Wireless Management Suite

Multi-Vendor Management Tool Takes the Pain Out of Mergers Between Hospitals With Different Wi-Fi Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that MultiCare Health System has deployed the AirWave Wireless Management Suite to manage the Nortel and Cisco Wi-Fi networks running across its four hospitals. Founded in 1882 in Tacoma, Washington, MultiCare is an integrated health organization made up of Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital, and numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, hospice and home health services. From a single console the AirWave suite now manages 1000 access points spread between a Cisco wireless network at the Good Samaritan Hospital, and Nortel wireless LANs at the other hospitals.

"The AirWave suite is a superb management tool, superior to the vendor-supplied tools we used initially, and the only one available that can simultaneously manage both Cisco and Nortel networks," said Luis Coloma, a network analyst at MultiCare. "While it was technically possible to manage the wireless networks in our four hospitals from two different consoles, doing so would have been very inefficient, increased the burden on our IT staff, and deprived us of a system-level view of our entire organization. Instead, from a single console, we wanted visibility into the entire Wi-Fi network, a rich array of system-level reports, and system-level troubleshooting. The AirWave suite delivered on all counts."

The latest AirWave Wireless Management Suite offers many key features that are typically missing from proprietary management solutions:

-- Management efficiency through improved diagnostics, advanced
   troubleshooting, and reporting;

-- Visibility into the wireless network that enables the Help Desk to
   resolve problems remotely and efficiently;

-- Streamlined performance of routine management tasks such as updating
   controller configurations and software versions; and

-- Support for multiple generations of technology, wireless standards, and
   vendors through a single console interface.

"Mergers, acquisitions, and facility moves wreak havoc within an IT organization because of the wide range of new infrastructure devices that often accompany such moves," said Bryan Wargo, general manager of Aruba's network management division. "In the past the only option was to install multiple management systems, a costly decision because of the IT training time and license/maintenance fees. Now there is a better way. Whether you need to manage a small single vendor system or a multi-facility, multi-vendor network, the AirWave suite offers exceptional value for money."

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our mobility solutions enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure
    that users are always within reach of mission-critical information;
    
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
    
--  Remote networking solutions ensure uninterrupted access to
    applications as users move;
    
--  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.

© 2009 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., RFProtect, Green Island, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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