SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

November 18, 2008 01:00 ET

University of Cambridge Dons New Wireless LAN From Aruba Networks

Adaptive Wi-Fi Network Provides Hotspot Service Across the University

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that the University of Cambridge has selected and is deploying Aruba's wireless LAN equipment to provide hotspot and wireless service across the university. The university's legacy network had become unmanageable and its maintenance a drain on resources. As a result the University Computing Service, which runs the wireless service, issued a tender for a replacement network. Aruba was selected for the project because its centralized management minimized deployment and support costs, and its Remote Access Point (RAP) technology created an extensive "private" network with local bridging to IT resources and services within each college. The University also plans to implement voice applications leveraging Aruba's voice quality of service (QoS) feature. Support services are being provided to the University by Vanix, an Aruba-authorized integrator.

The University of Cambridge, founded almost 800 years ago, is one of the world's oldest universities and is today a leading academic center comprised of 31 colleges. Each college is an independent institution with its own property and income. The Network Division of the University's Computing Service Department acts as a service provider and works with the colleges and departments to provide a wireless hotspot service, "Lapwing," through which students and faculty members access the university's administrative and learning resources.

"Since we serve many masters, it is paramount that the University Computing Service's wireless network be adaptable to a wide range of needs, simple to manage with minimal staff overhead, self-adjusting to accommodate dynamically changing local conditions, and cost effective for our clients, the colleges," said Bob Franklin, Network Division, University Computing Service. "Aruba's wireless architecture minimized the time required for our initial deployment and has delivered robust Wi-Fi performance ever since. The network's centralized management and RAP technology are supremely scalable with a minimum number of controllers, and have cut our support overhead costs by minimizing field visits. As a result the University's Network Division can support a greatly expanded network with its existing staff while simultaneously passing operating expense savings directly to the colleges."

Aruba's secure mobility solutions deliver networks to users by integrating adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, remote networking and fixed mobile convergence, and multi-vendor network management into a cohesive, high-performance system. Adaptive wireless LANs deliver robust connectivity to roaming users in need of high-speed data, toll-quality voice, and streaming video applications. Identity-based security associates policies with users instead of network hardware, delivering follow-me security that enhances mobility regardless of how or where the network is accessed.

"The University Computing Service has a challenging role to play as a service provider because they must accommodate a wide range of needs -- and therefore need a feature rich architecture with tremendous flexibility -- all the while keeping a lid on costs," said Bob Vickers, Aruba's UK sales director. "Aruba's centralized architecture, RAP technology, VLAN pooling, and scalability address both today's and future needs, at a highly competitive price. We're delighted to welcome the University of Cambridge into our fast expanding universe of higher education customers, and look forward to serving their growing wireless requirements."

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2009. It is one of the finest universities in the world, a superb British university with global reach. It is renowned for its 31 colleges and world class teaching departments, ground breaking research and breathtaking architecture. It attracts the very best and brightest students, regardless of background, and offers one of the UK's most generous bursary schemes.

Cambridge was recently ranked number two in the world and the number one University outside the US, in two separate surveys, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2006 survey, and in the Times Higher Education magazine's world rankings.

Cambridge people have been awarded more Nobel Prizes than those from any other UK university with more than 80 laureates.

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 and fixed mobile convergence 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

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

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