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Meru and Utah State University Give Six Campuses Reliable, High-Performance Wireless Access27,000 Students and Faculty Connect and Collaborate as They Move Across Six Campuses Throughout the State (October 19, 2011)
SUNNYVALE, CA and PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/19/11 -- EDUCAUSE 2011 -- Wireless access must be reliable so students and teachers can collaborate anywhere on campus. Thousands of mobile tablets, computers, smart phones and game consoles are able to simultaneously access Utah State University's wireless LAN across the state, without compromise. Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU) gives USU's 27,000 students and faculty constant and secure wireless access everywhere on its six campuses. Meru's unique network-in-control approach is the industry's most scalable and reliable WLAN platform for dense Wi-Fi environments. Built for capacity, mobility and reliability, Meru solutions put the network, rather than the client, in control of connectivity to wireless resources. This intelligence in the network makes it possible for more devices to access wireless resources simultaneously, even if they're all using bandwidth-intensive applications like video and voice over IP. With Meru, thousands of mobile devices and applications can be assured of uncompromised access as students, faculty and staff roam throughout the six campuses.
Unlike its microcell WLAN, USU achieved its goal of ubiquitous wireless for six campuses, managed from one location with Meru. With Meru, students and faculty across campuses can share a single, centralized resource for applications such as email and data libraries. Moving to Meru ends USU's past practice of needing multiple copies of wireless applications to support its students, faculty and staff.
"I fully expect our wireless network to carry the majority of traffic across our campuses within the next five years," said Eric Hawley, vice president of information technology for Utah State University. "It is essential for us to deliver seamless mobility today and set in place future capacity to accommodate our rapidly-growing student population and the vast number of different devices they'll use to access our network. After examining every solution on the market, it was clear Meru's unique approach of virtualizing WLAN access addresses our current and future needs, while helping us meet the demand cost effectively. With the Meru network-in-control architecture in place, we've expanded USU's wireless coverage by an order of magnitude and reduced our network management overhead."
The move to Meru enables USU to give students and staff statewide pervasive wireless capacity, availability and performance, and helps the university maintain one of its student-recruitment edges -- a national reputation for providing the most advanced technology-rich educational experience.
After several live comparisons between Meru WLAN solutions and those from other vendors, the USU IT team chose Meru because of its ability to manage density and device diversity, eliminate coverage problems, and efficiently and securely centralize Utah State's wireless services across academic and administrative departments.
"Unlike other approaches to wireless networking, only Meru puts the network in charge of connectivity giving all users optimal performance and reliable access," said Kamal Anand, senior vice president of product management for Meru Networks. "Meru has implemented the 802.11n standard creatively by putting much more intelligence into the network so it easily manages the vast number of smart phones, computers, tablets and other mobile devices needing secure, constant access on campus."
Powered by more than 1,000 Meru AP320i access points, USU's network supports more than 27,000 students and faculty and as many as 7,000 unique devices during any 24-hour period. It routinely supports between 1,800 to 4,000 simultaneous users and surges of demand network access for big events or when many classes begin in large lecture halls. Meru's network-in-control approach extends access to software applications housed at the main USU campus, such as subscription databases, to all six campuses saving the university the expense of multiple licensing fees. Students at all Utah State campuses now access its WLAN with the same reliability and security all day, every day.
"Forward-thinking universities like Utah State University rely on Meru to provide superior wireless access to their students and faculty members -- even as the demand for wireless capacity skyrockets," said Anand. "Working with these education thought leaders, we provide the connectivity required for advanced education experiences while optimizing limited budgets and modest IT resources."
About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) provides a cost-effective wireless LAN virtualized to deliver enterprises the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru's innovative network-in-control approach virtualizes wireless access and produces an intelligent, self-monitoring WLAN. Moving to Meru lets enterprises migrate business-critical applications from wired networks to an all-wireless network able to handle the diversity and density of mobile communication devices. Meru's network-in-control technology is embraced by all major industry vertical markets, including Fortune 500 businesses, health care, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and government. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and operates worldwide. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information
This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding Meru's ability to deliver a wireless network to carry the majority of traffic across all of Utah State University's campuses within the next five years, and the ability to deliver seamless mobility to accommodate a rapidly growing student population and the vast number of different devices the students will use to access the school's wireless network. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Meru Networks' documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof. Meru Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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