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China’s Southeast University Deploys Aruba Wireless LANs Across Six Campuses

September 24, 2008

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Southeast University in Nanjing, China has deployed Aruba Wi-Fi networks across its six campuses. Built on the same site as the Imperial Nanjing Institute, founded 258CE, Southeast University covers 4 million square meters and hosts more than 26,000 students and 5,600 faculty members. The university wanted to upgrade wireless service for its many libraries and teaching facilities, but its legacy network was unable to cope with the traffic presented by the fast-growing number of users. Aruba was selected for the project based on its ability to centrally manage all of the campuses from one data center, dynamically balance loads in the presence of high traffic, and secure the network against unauthorized users and devices.

“To remain competitive, world-class higher education institutions need to provide world-class wireless mobility solutions for students and faculty,” said Ming Xie, General Manager of Nanjing Loton Science &Technology Development Corporation and Aruba’s partner for the wireless campus project. “The legacy wireless network was overloaded by the growing number of portable devices used on the campuses. Aruba’s load balancing mechanisms resolved this issue, and proved especially adept at handling video, Blackberry, and iPhone applications. In addition, should an access point be inadvertently disconnected or damaged, the load balancing mechanism automatically fills the coverage hole using adjacent access points. The result is a high performance network with self-healing properties.”

Aruba’s identity-based security and rogue detection play key roles in protecting the integrity of the university’s network. Two separate SSIDs, with different authentication methods and access policies, serve the university’s staff and guests. Guests can access the network from anywhere on campus but are restricted with respect to bandwidth consumption, server access, and time of use. Should students attempt to connect unauthorized rogue access points to the university’s wired network, Aruba’s rogue detection technology immediately detects, locates, and blocks the device.

“Institutions throughout China have selected Aruba based on the performance, durability, and security of our mobility solutions and the strength of our support organization,” said Joseph Yip, General Manager of Aruba Greater China. “Southeast joins Qinghua University, Macau University, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, among others, in our fast growing roster of education customers. We look forward to serving the university’s networking needs in the days ahead as their campuses continue to grow.”

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     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(R) 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 http://www.arubanetworks.com.

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 Media Contacts Michael Tennefoss Aruba Networks, Inc. +1-408-754-8034 mtennefoss@arubanetworks.com  Patty Oien Breakaway Communications +1-415-358-2482 poien@breakawaycom.com

SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.




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