Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced that Ohio University (OHIO), a 2012 Forbes best college, is deploying an Aruba 802.11n wireless LAN to accommodate the growing Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) challenge, and to directly address the significant increase in users, mobile devices, and new applications hitting the network.
With a 1,773-acre main campus in Athens, Ohio, five regional campuses, two satellite centers, and an e-learning presence, Ohio University serves a diverse student body of 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students across southeast Ohio. During the past few years, OHIO has seen an increase in the BYOT trend that began on university campuses, with a dramatic surge in the number of mobile devices connecting to the network. In fact, the number of mobile or wireless devices has grown to approximately two per student and exceeds two for faculty and staff.
Although the university’s IT department had done a good job ensuring that its existing, multi-vendor 802.11 a/b/g wireless network covered the campus end-to-end, they realized that the network could not handle the increasing number of users and devices connecting – as many as 32,000 at any given time – as well as the high density of users requiring connectivity in classrooms, residence halls and common areas. Based on the success of a pilot deployment of Aruba’s wireless LAN solution in five campus buildings, the university decided to move forward with a full campus installation which will include 4,500 Aruba AP-105, AP-124 and AP-135 access points and 16 Aruba M3 controllers when completed. The University is also using Aruba’s AirWave network management system for monitoring, reporting and control of the network.
“Wireless is by far the most popular access method on our campus and students are bringing more mobile devices to campus than ever before,” said Brice Bible, Chief Information Officer, Ohio University. “We recognize that giving our students, staff and faculty seamless coverage across the entire campus – from classroom to dorm room – is not only a selling point for the university, but a way to enhance the educational experience and improve the productivity, efficiency and satisfaction of our users.”