SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced strong customer adoption for its 802.11ac solution across a wide range of industries including healthcare, education, hospitality and general enterprise. Customers are finding that the security and performance benefits of the 802.11ac standard, coupled with Aruba’s unique features, such as ClientMatchTM, help improve connection speed and bandwidth allowing customers to rapidly and cost-effectively implement 802.11ac-based wireless networks.
“Since deploying Aruba’s .11ac APs, our Javits Lecture Center users are achieving Wi-Fi speeds as impressive as 450 megabits per second”
Announced in May of 2013, Aruba’s 802.11ac solution, which includes the 220 Series Access Points (APs) and patented ClientMatch technology, which can improve speeds and bandwidth for both 802.11ac and 802.11n clients, is seeing rapid adoption across numerous industries. With the availability of new 802.11ac client devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance’s certification program in full swing, and the performance and coverage benefits afforded by the standard, many organizations have already begun deploying 802.11ac-based wireless LANs. In addition to previously announced customers, Arista Networks and University of Delaware, Algonquin College, Australian Catholic Education Office Sydney, Elmhurst College, Netflix, Inc., Pediatric Therapy Network, Promedica, Stony Brook University, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Unity College and Yale University are examples of organizations that are deploying Aruba’s 802.11ac solution.
Based in Canada’s capital, the Ottawa Valley, and with a newly-opened campus in Saudi Arabia, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario with 18,000 full-time and 43,000 part-time and online registrants. Since inception, Algonquin College has been committed to ensuring its students have access to the education and skills training to launch rewarding careers. “With 18,000 full-time students bringing an average of three devices each to our campuses, the performance and reliability of our wireless network has never been more critical,” said Rod Martin, Manager, IT Infrastructure for Algonquin College.
Today, 94 percent of the College’s classrooms have implemented mobile learning programs with 12,000 students participating. As part of the learning experience students are required to bring a wireless or mobile device to class. “Algonquin College believes in using technology to increase access to post-secondary education as well as improve its quality and reduce the cost. As our students and faculty continue to rely on the wireless network for classroom instruction and collaboration, our plan is to future-proof the network by deploying Aruba’s 802.11ac access points on all our campuses,” continued Martin.
Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, Elmhurst College is a private, four-year college and ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top colleges in the Midwest. Working closely with Aruba partner E2 Services, Inc. in Oswego, Illinois, Elmhurst College has already deployed 200 Aruba .11ac access points (APs) across campus and plans to deploy more this year. “The decision to deploy Aruba’s new .11ac APs was driven by our desire to provide unprecedented network capacity for mobile and wireless devices across campus,” said James Kulich, vice president and chief information officer (CIO), Elmhurst College. “As our students, faculty and the entire university become more dependent on wireless, we need to provide a next-generation technology that exceeds current expectations and prepares us for future demand.”
Based in Torrance, California, Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) is a non-profit early child development and therapy center that provides prevention, early identification, intervention, and therapy to children. In the early phases of deploying Aruba’s .11ac technology, PTN has already seen a marked improvement in network performance and capacity. “Prior to deploying .11ac, we were having issues with connectivity and reliability in the highest network traffic area of our facilities,” said Andrea Ruof, Director of Information Technology, PTN. “With .11ac deployed in our administrative area, we can now confidently rely on the network to provide unprecedented speeds without connection issues,” continued Ruof. "The next step is to upgrade our entire network to .11ac in which will enable all of our staff to be more mobile and efficient.”
Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), was recently ranked 34th among Top Public National Universities, according to the 2014 edition of the US News and World Report survey. Faced with a spike in demand for wireless access, Stony Brook deployed Aruba’s new 802.11ac access points (APs) in one of its high traffic areas on campus. “Nearly 17,000 of our 24,000 students attend class weekly in our Javits Center lecture halls,” said James Hart, Director of Network Services at Stony Brook University. “Instead of just adding the necessary network infrastructure to support the current demand for wireless, we chose to stay ahead of the curve by implementing cutting-edge 802.11ac technology.”
Campus Network Manager Mike Ospitale has been monitoring the performance of the new technology. “Since deploying Aruba’s .11ac APs, our Javits Lecture Center users are achieving Wi-Fi speeds as impressive as 450 megabits per second,” said Ospitale.
Torrance Memorial, a non-profit medical center in Torrance, California, is currently building a new 390,000 square foot state-of-the-art main tower that will feature the latest in medical technologies, patient amenities and diagnostic capabilities. “Our new facility is keenly designed to serve the current and future needs of our patients, physicians, employees and visitors,” said Steve Lantz, Director of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. “In order to support those needs, we are implementing a future-proof network infrastructure with Aruba’s 802.11ac technology.”
Unity College, the first college in the United States to pursue sustainability science as its central curricular framework, recently replaced Meru Network’s APs with Aruba’s new 802.11ac APs in four of its academic buildings and five residence halls. “Before installing Aruba’s 802.11ac solutions, we were unable to support the high density areas on campus and our students were continually complaining about slow speeds and dropped connections,” said Bert Audette, Director of Information Technology, Unity College. “Since we deployed Aruba’s 802.11ac APs and completed our transition to Aruba, the complaints have stopped and we are now poised, not only to support the ever increasing number of wireless and mobile devices, but most importantly those that are 802.11ac-enabled.”
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.
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