SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

August 31, 2009 00:10 ET

NCC Sweden Networks 200 Remote Sites and 32 Major Offices Using Solutions From Aruba Networks

Major Scandinavian Construction Group Cuts Cost of Temporary and Fixed Networking by up to 90%

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that NCC Construction Sweden has deployed Aruba's Remote Access Point (RAP) solution at more than 200 remote sites and 32 major offices across Sweden. NCC is one of the leading construction and property development companies in the Nordic region. Within the NCC group, NCC Construction Sweden is responsible for projects spread across the length and breadth of one of Europe's largest countries, and its IT department provides data services throughout the service area from its headquarters in Solna, near Stockholm. The simple provisioning, high security, and centralized management of Aruba's remote networking solutions made it the vendor of choice for the project.

RAP software can be loaded into any standard Aruba access point and offers a truly instant-on, no set-up connectivity solution with the security of a VPN but no client software to manage. "Managing the operation of hundreds of remote, temporary offices was previously an expensive challenge, but Aruba's RAP solution has addressed that issue," said Anders Eklind, Datacom Manager at NCC Sweden. "The Remote Access Point has cut the cost of our remote office deployments by 90% compared to our traditional remote site solution. It has similarly reduced support costs. Despite the scope of the region and remote sites we cover, our IT team needs to spend just 5 hours a week deploying, operating, and supporting the 200 plus remote sites currently using Remote Access Points."

In addition to its remote sites in Finland, Russia, Poland and Estonia, NCC Sweden uses Aruba wireless LANs at its 32 major offices across Sweden. The new Malmö office adhered to Aruba's network rightsizing model of deploying wireless everywhere possible, wired LANs only where needed. By running less cable and buying fewer LAN switch ports, NCC Sweden was able to slash the IT installation costs by 50%, netting a savings of $30,000 for a network of 200 users.

"We did not originally set out to deliver a wireless network with 100% coverage at our offices," continued Eklind. "However we ultimately did so because the Adaptive Radio Management built into the Aruba operating system enabled the wireless network to automatically take account of local conditions. The result was excellent wireless performance without a dense deployment of access points."

Network rightsizing is a three step process that matches infrastructure with user needs. The first step entails assessing the actual or projected utilization of closet switches and ports. In a typical facility it is not unusual for 40% of wired ports to be underutilized or not used at all. The second step involves consolidating required ports into fewer switches to lower deployment and maintenance costs, and reduce electricity and HVAC usage. The third and final step involves deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi with Adaptive Radio Management to enhance the mobility and productivity of users who don't need a wired link. Aruba has developed a calculator to show the estimated monetary and CO2 emissions savings resulting from rightsizing.

"NCC Sweden's experience demonstrates that both capital expenditures and operating expenses can be significantly reduced through network rightsizing," said Andreas Ferm, Sales Manager for Aruba Nordics. "Breaking with the tradition of using wired networks not only saved money for NCC Sweden, but also improved employee efficiency and enhanced network security. Especially in these economic times, it makes sense to look for cost savings with fresh eyes, and Aruba's network rightsizing and RAP initiatives have much to offer in this regard."

Additional information about network rightsizing can be found on-line at http://www.arubanetworks.com/solutions/network_rightsizing.php.

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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