Aruba Wins at Ohio State

Aruba Networks announced it has deployed its Mobile Edge solution at The Ohio State University

October 9, 2006

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DALLAS -- Aruba Networks, the Mobile Edge company, today announced it has deployed its Mobile Edge solution at The Ohio State University in what is believed to be the world's largest wireless LAN to date. When the rollout is complete, the Aruba wireless network will cover Ohio State University's main campus -- which comprises over 400 buildings and 25 million square feet, sitting on approximately 1,700 acres. The Aruba network will provide ubiquitous wireless access to the university's student population of over 50,000, in addition to over 27,000 faculty and staff. Ohio State has estimated that over 3,000 Access Points (APs) are required for minimal coverage -- and up to 10,000 APs may be required for optimal coverage, along with over 40 mobility controllers distributed across their three core router points of presence (POPs).

Ohio State University is now in the first year of a five-year project to deploy the Aruba wireless network. "Within a mere three weeks, we have been able to activate over 1,700 APs in 28 buildings," said Bob Corbin, director of telecommunications and networking, Ohio State University Office of Information Technology.

Evolving from Islands of WLAN Connectivity to Pervasive Secure Mobility The distributed computing environment at Ohio State University is composed of hundreds of different college and departmental networks of varying degrees of complexity, some of which included thick APs to provide wireless access. The university was seeing a steady increase of wireless usage, but in an unplanned manner, as each wireless network was a stand-alone island. In addition, the legacy network was not able to provide access to all users within range of the APs due to the varying levels of security and authentication methods deployed by each college and departmental area. As a result, Ohio State had only pockets of wireless access, not a seamless mobility solution across the entire campus.

Aruba Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ARUN)

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