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Aruba Brings Wireless Networking to "Classroom of the Future" Program

District-wide network links computers on every desk of every high school English and math classroom, frees classroom space, reduces load on IT staff
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 21, 2007 – Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in secure mobility solutions, today announced that the West Chester Area School District (WCASD) is deploying Aruba’s wireless LAN and client-to-core security solutions throughout the school district. WCASD is one of the ten largest school districts in Pennsylvania, serving more than 12,000 students drawn from a 75 square mile area in central Chester County, and is one of 79 school districts selected to participate in the first year of the government-funded “Classrooms for the Future” high school program. This innovative program provides computers for English and math classes, and trains faculty and staff how to best harness the power of technology to enhance classroom discussions, lessons, and projects. Network integration partner, Comm Solutions, provided Aruba wireless LANs to network the computers, and Aruba role-based access controls and firewalls to harden the network against attacks and manage access.
“Our objective was to deploy a highly reliable wireless network that required minimal IT overhead, could be centrally administered, and was scalable for future expansions,” said Chris Ross, network support director for WCASD. “While the Aruba network is very extensive in terms of fielded equipment and the number of sites served, we have been able to deploy and maintain the network without adding any additional IT staff. Additionally, we were able to replace the dedicated computer labs in the elementary schools with in-classroom computers, freeing up valuable space for additional classrooms without having to construct new buildings.”
To simplify deployment, Comm Solutions Company used Aruba’s RF Plan software to import the schools’ floor plans and determine optimum placement of the access points. RF Plan eliminated the need to conduct a full site survey, lowering the time and cost of network needs analysis and design.
“K-12 schools are caught in a difficult situation because there are several programs that supply advanced computing equipment, but IT budgets are funded locally and generally don’t allocate additional money for new IT staff,” said Mike Kirby, Aruba’s vice president of Americas sales. “The best way to manage this situation is to ensure that the networking infrastructure is simple to deploy, requires minimum IT overhead to install and manage, and doesn’t need a forklift upgrade to accommodate future needs. We have tailored Aruba’s secure mobility solutions to meet these requirements, and WCASD is a testament to the effectiveness of that effort.”
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba’s user-centric architecture provides access to enterprise data, voice and video applications across wired and wireless LAN, WAN, and carrier networks without compromising security or mobility. Follow-me security and access policies are centrally managed and associated with users, not ports, and are enforced regardless of where users roam within or outside of the enterprise. Aruba’s solution suite encompasses ArubaOS software running on a range of Mobility Controller hardware platforms, value-added application software modules including an enterprise FMC option, network management software, wired and wireless access points, and valued-added access point software modules including a secure enterprise mesh option for wire-free networking. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Aruba has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com.
About Comm Solutions Company
Comm Solutions is an end-to-end enterprise solutions provider specializing in the design, development, deployment, and support of converged networks, secure wireless systems, Microsoft Active Directory implementations, and leading edge security solutions. Based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Comm Solutions’ experienced team of engineers, project managers, and consultants provide solutions drawn from the industry’s leading manufacturers for managing and optimizing the most demanding IT environments.
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