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Aruba Networks Delivers Fault-Tolerant, Secure Wireless LAN to the University of Macau

Centralized Management Lowers IT Staff Overhead, Simplifies Troubleshooting (September 01, 2008)

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/02/08 -- Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions, today announced that University of Macau has deployed a campus-wide Aruba adaptive wireless LAN at its Taipa campus. Founded in 1981, the urban campus covers 572,000 square feet and supports more than 6,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The University of Macau sought to replace its legacy Wi-Fi network comprised of autonomous access points in favor of a centrally managed wireless LAN with automatic load balancing, a role-based firewall for security, and fault-tolerant wireless controllers. Aruba was awarded the project based on its management system, integrated firewall, Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, and N+1 controller redundancy.

"The university's legacy Fat AP wireless network was difficult to manage, offered limited security, and had an inflexible VLAN arrangement -- our new Aruba network addressed all of these issues," said Jason Ho, University of Macau's Director of ICTO. "The new centralized architecture makes short work of managing, troubleshooting, and updating the entire network. Network access had been a constant challenge, but our new role-based firewall provides a simple, flexible means of addressing the needs of our employees, students, and guests. Finally, the new network offers very flexible network segmentation: VLAN pooling can automatically assign a VLAN to a WLAN client, and the VLAN-related settings are based on the value returned by RADIUS server. Taken together these features address the shortcomings of our previous network and pave the way for a wide range of future applications."

ARM technology simplifies network set-up, optimizes radio channels to overcome local sources of interference, and ensures reliable performance in densely-packed lecture halls. The result is follow-me connectivity that ensures the reliable delivery of high-speed data, toll-quality voice, and streaming video applications. ARM reliably supports Intel Centrino, Apple Macintosh, and the broad array of wireless PC clients commonly used by students, faculty, and staff.

The University of Macau relies on its wireless LAN as business-critical infrastructure, and the legacy network suffered from disruptive outages if a device failed. The new Aruba network features N+1 wireless controller redundancy that automatically switches to a back-up controller in the event of a failure.

"Universities include a diverse range of constituencies -- faculty, staff, students, visitors -- and Aruba's highly flexible architecture is very well suited to addressing such a wide range of users," said Denny Lo, Aruba's Territory Manager. "Our solutions extend far beyond adaptive wireless LANs and integrate multi-vendor network management, intrusion detection and prevention, endpoint compliance, access control, fixed mobile convergence, and a host of other technologies into a unified mobility solution. We leveraged this wide range of capabilities to address diverse needs of University of Macau, and look forward to providing similar solutions to other universities in the region."

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 access 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 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

© 2008 Aruba Networks, Inc. AirWave®, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Bluescanner, For Wireless That Works®, Mobile Edge Architecture, People Move. Networks Must Follow., RFProtect, The All Wireless Workplace Is Now Open For Business, Green Island, and The Mobile Edge Company® are trademarks of Aruba Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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