SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

May 01, 2008 08:00 ET

Ohio Wesleyan Selects Aruba Networks' 802.11N Solution for Its Ubiquitous Wireless Network

University Sought a Robust, Scalable, Secure Wireless LAN to Cover the Entire Campus

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, today announced that Ohio Wesleyan University has selected and commenced deployment of Aruba's 802.11n adaptive wireless LANs across its Delaware, Ohio, campus. Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts universities with138 full-time faculty members and 1,850 students drawn from across the world. It is committed to transforming the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Aruba was selected for the university's wireless project on the strength of a competitively priced, technically superior response to an open bid, and following strong references from peer liberal arts colleges.

The campus had wireless access points in some areas, but sought to expand access throughout its campus. The wireless network will consist of redundant centralized MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controllers and more than 400 Aruba AP-124 and AP-125 802.11n access points spread across 50 academic, administrative, athletic, and residential facilities. The AP-124 access points will be used with remote antennas to provide wireless coverage outdoors.

"Ohio Wesleyan's purchase of 802.11n technology not only places us on the cutting edge of WLAN technology, but going with this technology is cost-effective because we will not have to upgrade our wireless equipment any time soon," said Dr. Theresa Byrd, Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries. "We believe the new WLAN will provide our students and faculty with all the conveniences that come with an untethered, mobile computing environment, allowing them to access the Internet and other applications from any place on campus. Because 802.11n is almost six times faster than earlier wireless technology, it is conceivable that students may begin to use their laptops and wireless technology more than the wired network."

Jason LaMar, Ohio Wesleyan's Director of Information Services and project director for the wireless implementation, said, "This initiative provides a clear, compelling, and distinct roadmap for short- and long-term wireless implementation in our environment."

By automatically adapting the network to accommodate user behavior, interference, and nearby networks, Aruba simplifies wireless LAN set-up and operation. Unique follow-me security capabilities provide near-universal mobility for users while ensuring that security is always enforced, even for telecommuters working from home or researchers at satellite locations. Aruba's vendor-neutral AirWave Wireless Management Suite reduces the cost and bother of technology migrations by simultaneously managing new and legacy devices from more than 16 different vendors: migrations can be staged on a schedule, and a budget, that meets their needs.

Additional information about Ohio Wesleyan's wireless implementation can be found online at http://connect2.owu.edu/issues/20080409/newsAndViews/wireless.html

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. Our unified mobility solutions include Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, remote access and cellular services, and centralized multi-vendor network management to enable the Follow-Me Enterprise that moves in lock-step with users:

--  Follow-Me Connectivity: Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize
    themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical
    information;
--  Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to
    users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is
    accessed;
--  Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network
    integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
--  Follow-Me Management: Multi-vendor network management provides a
    single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless
    networks from both Aruba and its competitors.
    

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our unified 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.

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