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Coppin State University Selects Aruba Networks To Upgrade And Expand Campus Wireless Network

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions, today announced that Coppin State University has upgraded and expanded its wireless network with solutions based on Aruba Networks’ Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture. The University, located in West Baltimore, Maryland, needed to replace its aging wireless network with one that could enable faster speeds and greater bandwidth to accommodate the growing number of mobile devices. With Aruba’s 802.11n access points and controllers, Coppin State has successfully expanded wireless coverage across the entire campus and to outdoor areas, including Coppin’s sports facilities.

The University first deployed a Nortel 802.11 a/b/g wireless network nine years ago. Over time, however, it became clear [to the University’s IT department] that the network could not continue to accommodate Coppin State’s 4,000 students and 770 staff and faculty, who were demanding access to communications, collaboration and educational applications across campus. In addition, like most universities and colleges, Coppin State has experienced the BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device phenomenon, where students and staff are expecting to connect to the wireless network on their own tablets and smartphones.

To address these challenges, Coppin State evaluated a number of wireless networking vendors and chose Aruba Networks for the upgrade and expansion. Using Aruba Mobility Controllers with M3 modules and Aruba 134 and 135 access points to address both indoor and outdoor areas, Coppin State replaced all of its Nortel equipment and extended wireless coverage campus-wide. In addition, Coppin State is using the Aruba AirWave Management System to monitor and gather network statistics, and Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System to address the growing demand for guest access on campus. ClearPass enables University guests to log-on to the wireless network quickly and securely with zero intervention.

“Aruba was the obvious choice for us because of the company’s clear focus and expertise in wireless, its advanced technology and features such as the 3x3 spatial streams that we didn’t find with other vendors,” said Wasay Taha, Network Manager, Coppin State University. “Since upgrading the network with Aruba’s solutions, we’ve seen increases in our Wi-Fi with speeds by up to eight times faster. This obviously has a tremendous impact on our users’ ability to access the applications they need, when they need them, and to become more productive and efficient when they are using the network.”

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