SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

October 20, 2009 00:10 ET

Olympic Hopefuls Go Wireless With Aruba Networks

Sport England and Leisure Connection Choose Aruba for Historic Bisham Abbey's Leisure Centre, Training Facility and 13th Century Manor House

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Sport England's National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey has deployed an Aruba wireless network to deliver wireless connectivity to organizations based at Bisham Abbey. The network also provides a hotspot service available to members of the leisure centre, and top athletes who train at the centre. The wireless network is operated by Leisure Connection, and was installed by Aruba partner Converge Networks.

"The Bisham Abbey site consists of a wide variety of buildings, including a manor house dating back to 1260, and we needed a solution that would be flexible and reliable no matter where it was installed," said Jeremy Smith, IT Manager at Leisure Connection. "We act as a service provider to the different organizations on the campus, and consequently needed a solution that would be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of applications, reliable for the users, and most importantly, would work first time. Aruba's solution does exactly that."

Leisure Connection is the leading outsourced facility management company for local authorities in the UK, and operates The National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey on behalf of Sport England. A number of national sports organizations are headquartered at the site and use the wireless network as part of the managed service. Athletes, visiting sports teams and members of the public also use the wireless network, which extends across the campus from the modern leisure facility to a manor house once widely visited by the kings and queens of England.

"It was clear to us that flexibility and reliability were paramount," continued Smith. "A refurbishment and partial rebuild of the leisure centre allowed us to put in place a modern wired - wireless infrastructure. We don't have that luxury in the manor house, so there we have deployed Aruba's mesh wireless. It uses the same access points that we use elsewhere, is managed in exactly the same way, but did not require us to run cabling through a listed ancient monument."

To deliver a best-in-class wireless experience, Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology automates site surveys and uses infrastructure-based controls to optimize the performance of Wi-Fi clients in real-time. Aruba's secure enterprise mesh technology acts as an extension to an existing network, and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments that are difficult to wire. Using one common infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor applications eliminates the need for two separately managed systems.

"Modern wireless networks are simple to implement, very secure, and easy to manage," said Bob Vickers, sales director of Aruba UK and Ireland. "Although installations can vary greatly, automatic management of the ever-changing RF environment and centralized management make set-up and operation easy. Leisure Connection's use of Aruba in both a modern leisure centre and a thirteenth century manor house on the same campus demonstrates the versatility of Aruba's solution."

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 Converge Networks

Converge Networks are data, wireless, voice, and audio-visual specialists, and are a certified Aruba Silver Partner. Founded in 1982, Converge Networks offers and integrates all aspects of the IP network infrastructure including cabling infrastructure, wireless systems, voice solutions, LANs, and network security. Additional information may be found at http://www.convergenetworks.co.uk.

About Sport England

Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. Sport England is committed to creating a world-leading community sport system, and has set specific and measurable targets to achieve by 2012/13:

--  One million people doing more sport;
--  A 25% reduction in the number of 16- to 18-year-olds who drop out of
    at least five key sports;
--  Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports;
--  A measurable increase in people's satisfaction with their experience
    of sport;
--  A major contribution to the delivery of the five hour sports offer for
    children and young people.
    

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