Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that Parkland College, a two-year community college in Champaign, Illinois, has deployed an Aruba Wireless LAN and the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System, to connect its 18,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff. The new wireless infrastructure will support Parkland’s BYOD initiative, accommodating both faculty and students who bring their personal mobile devices onto campus and into the classrooms. The new WLAN also enables Parkland’s move towards more online learning. In addition, with Aruba’s ClearPass, Parkland can now enable guests to connect to the network – an important criteria for the college which hosts frequent job fairs, tradeshows, meetings and other events on campus.
Prior to deploying the Aruba wireless LAN, Parkland used another major wireless LAN vendor’s infrastructure. Parkland wanted to replace the existing WLAN infrastructure because it was unable to keep pace with the increasing number of new, mobile devices connecting to it, and both students and faculty were unhappy with performance and availability. After evaluating multiple vendors’ solutions, Parkland selected Aruba. “With an average of two mobile devices per student and about 1,000 concurrent devices on the network, performance and reliability are critical,” said Doug Brooks, Associate Director of Campus Technologies for Parkland College. “Aruba delivered all of this, along with top-notch support. We’re now getting glowing reviews on the wireless network from our students.”
Brooks also appreciated that the Aruba solution offered comprehensive features, including built-in firewall capabilities – something lacking in the college’s previous solution. “With our old WLAN, we had to bring in third-party firewall software and other devices to handle all of our needs. With Aruba, we can accommodate our entire population of users – students, faculty, staff and even guests – with one solution,” he said.