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Meru Momentum In Education Sector Accelerates With Over 1,000 Schools Migrated From Their Microcell Products To Meru's Virtualized Wireless LAN Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DENVER, June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (ISTE 2010)Meru Networks Inc., (Nasdaq: MERU), the leader in virtualized and optimized 802.11n enterprise networking, today announced that over 1,000 customers in both schools (K-12) and higher education markets have deployed Meru's virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) solution across North America, Europe and Asia. In the last six months, the Company has seen an accelerated momentum of schools migrating from their legacy microcell products to Meru's virtualized WLAN solution to resolve the density, scalability and predictability issues inherent to the microcell architecture. Meru's virtualized WLAN is designed to transform the student's learning experience by outperforming microcell networks at up to 30 percent less cost.  

"Students bring on campus a variety of wireless devices, educators need to operate 1:1 learning initiatives, and administrators must support high density areas such as auditoriums, classrooms, lecture halls and sports facilities. We believe Meru's virtualized WLAN platform delivers the highest performance, reliability and predictability for this new, dynamic campus environment," said Ram Appalaraju, senior vice president of marketing at Meru Networks. "As more and more students and educators access the network and as usage of bandwidth-intensive applications increases, we believe campuses are finding that their microcell wireless networks cannot scale to meet the demands placed on their network.  Further, that the overall cost to operate a microcell solution is greater. Meru is designed to be simple to deploy and easy to operate – for a start, requiring up to 30 percent fewer access points to provide the same wireless coverage."

Meru's accelerated momentum in education is exemplified by the schools and districts around the world that are migrating from their microcell architecture to Meru's virtualized WLAN solution. This includes the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom; Winthrop University and Mississippi College of Law in the US; the Seoul Metro Office of Education, Daegu Sung-Gok Middle School, and Kyongbuk Eui-Sung High School in Korea; and Oita University, and Okayama University in Japan; and the Bialik and Christian College in Australia.  

"Numerous features made Meru the natural choice over microcell wireless networks, including Meru's single channel and channel layering options, robust security, user-friendly management, fair allocation of bandwidth to dissimilar clients and projected ROI," said James Hammond, associate vice president for information technology at Winthrop University. "Our technicians found deployment to be a snap with no physical site survey which saved time and expense. With Meru, we provide different levels of access, allowing Winthrop University users to connect seamlessly to the secured campus network, while guests easily connect to the public campus network."

Virtualized Wireless LAN Enables 1:1 Learning, Fewer Access Points

The adoption of laptop carts and 1:1 learning initiatives are driving the need for high-performance wireless coverage to the classroom. While school districts across the country are striving to provide each child with a laptop, the performance, cost and complexity of WLAN deployments remain a concern.  Meru's virtualized WLAN is designed to simplify deployment for resource-challenged schools with the ability to support more students per access point in denser user applications such as laptop carts.  Microcell technology typically requires an access point in every classroom, increasing complexity and cost.  In contrast, Meru's virtualized WLAN platform is able to achieve school-wide pervasive wireless coverage – delivering superior performance in higher density classroom and auditorium environments.

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