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Washington and Lee University Networks iPhones, PDAs, and Laptops With Aruba Networks' 802.11n Wi-Fi Solution Provided by DNS

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SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/09/09 -- Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Washington and Lee University has started deployment of Aruba's 802.11n Wi-Fi network across its 55 acre Lexington, Virginia campus. Founded in 1749, the private university is named for benefactor George Washington and former university president Robert E. Lee, and today supports over 2,100 students and 215 faculty. Several years ago the university deployed a multi-vendor Wi-Fi network, but the need to securely support 802.11n and new devices, such as the Apple® iPhone(TM), surpassed the capabilities of the legacy network. Following a competitive assessment Aruba, and authorized integration partner DNS, were selected for the project.

"We took advantage of our migration to 802.11n to rectify pain points associated with client interoperability, endpoint compliance, and guest registration," said Rick Peterson, Washington and Lee's CTO. "Apple iPhones and other clients brought on campus by students presented a challenge to our old network, but are fully supported by Aruba. We will be managing these devices using Aruba's policy enforcement firewall together with Bradford's endpoint compliance system. These systems force students to keep security and operating system patches up-to-date or be quarantined from the network until they do so. 802.1X is used to authenticate all guests -- something we couldn't do previously -- and guest access is so easy to administer that non-technical personnel will be able to register visitors and contractors."

The university is deploying a mixture of 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g access points, with a twist. The 802.11a/b/g access points can be upgraded at any time to 802.11n Draft 2.0 operation over the network by entering a license key. Available only from Aruba, this feature enables customers to lower the cost of the initial deployment and migrate to 802.11n on a schedule and budget that works best for them. The access points are managed by Aruba 3600 Multi-Service Mobility Controllers.

"Aruba's rich suite of technical features, combined with its position as a leader by a well respected industry analyst, were very influential in ruling out other competitors," continued Peterson. "The solution deployed by Aruba partner DNS remedied all of the issues we experienced with our legacy BlueSocket, Enterasys, and Trapeze systems, and we look forward to further expanding our new network in the months and years ahead."

"Interoperability with consumer devices like the iPhone has become table stakes in the education market and is a major priority for Aruba," said Robert Fenstermacher, Aruba's head of education marketing. "Because there can be significant throughput differences of the same mobile device operating over different wireless LANs, we validate the interoperability of our solutions across a variety of devices and Wi-Fi chip sets. We also recommend that competitive tests use a representative assortment of clients with Atheros, Broadcom, and Intel chip sets because doing so best mimics a real-world environment."

Aruba's technical brief, "802.11n Client Throughput Performance," can be downloaded from Aruba's Web site at

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 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 For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter at

© 2009 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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