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Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that the University of Cincinnati, a public research university, is upgrading its wireless LAN (WLAN) with Aruba solutions for 100% wireless coverage on campus. With the new wireless infrastructure, the University will offer pervasive access across its campuses, meeting the requests of students, faculty and staff for “anytime, anywhere” access to academic tools and resources. The new WLAN will also enable guest access for University visitors.
A key part of the University’s strategic plan, the WLAN upgrade is designed to enable wireless access in all of the University’s residence halls, academic buildings and administrative facilities as well as green spaces. The first phase of the upgrade, which delivers secure coverage across the University’s main campus, is now complete and supports 38,000+ simultaneously-connected unique mobile devices each day.
The University of Cincinnati selected Aruba for the upgrade after a thorough review of WLAN options from Aruba, Cisco and Meru Networks. The University then enlisted Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) to manage the procurement. The new WLAN comprises 4,000 Aruba AP-135 and AP-125 access points (APs), Aruba mobility controllers, the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System with ClearPass Guest, and the Aruba AirWave Network Management System. Looking ahead, the University has plans to utilize Aruba’s AirGroup capability to support the Apple AirPlay- and AirPrint-capable devices such as Apple TVs that are increasingly being used in classrooms, common areas and residence halls.
Consistent with its commitment to providing meaningful, real-world work skills to its students, the University sponsored a senior design IT project simultaneous with the IT Department’s evaluation of WLAN options. Senior design students assessed the University’s WLAN needs and requirements, researched available options, and tested them. After a technical “bake off” of competitive options, the students came to the same conclusion as the IT department, selecting Aruba as the best solution.