Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that Gwynedd-Mercy College, a Catholic college with a strong foundation in liberal arts and renowned programs in health care, education and business administration, has deployed a new Aruba wireless LAN (WLAN). The new network is delivering reliable, pervasive wireless access for students, faculty, staff and guests on all four of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-area campuses.
Gwynedd-Mercy College selected the Aruba solution after a thorough review of and ‘bake-off’ between solutions from Cisco, Meru Networks and Aruba. The College chose Aruba due to the cost-effectiveness of Aruba’s solution, as well as Aruba’s unique ability to support role-based access and manage multiple devices with one controller. After selecting Aruba, Gwynedd-Mercy College enlisted Comm Solutions, a Malvern, Pennsylvania-based end-to-end technology solutions provider, to manage the new WLAN deployment, which is comprised of Aruba AP-105 access points (APs), Aruba mobility controllers and the Aruba AirWave Network Management System. The College is also piloting Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System and plans to fully deploy the solution later this year.
“Our students are using the wireless network everywhere on campus for both academic and personal reasons, and our faculty is increasingly relying on mobile devices to deliver a rich, interactive learning experience. Our prior wireless network simply couldn’t keep up with demand,” said John Reilly, Associate Director of Enterprise Systems for Gwynedd-Mercy College. “With our prior WLAN solutions from Proxim and Cisco, we received many complaints of poor connectivity, dead spots and dropped connections. With the new Aruba WLAN, we have not logged any complaints about the wireless performance since we’ve deployed it and our end-users are thrilled with the level of connectivity they can enjoy from anywhere on campus.”
The new WLAN supports a wide range of applications and programs at Gwynedd-Mercy College, including its new iPad initiative, wherein the College is providing iPads to some faculty as well as to graduate students for their fieldwork. The new network also supports the College’s Blackboard learning management system (LMS), an emerging eText program, and the PowerCampus student information system from Ellucian, which delivers access to critical College information such as maps, directions, grades, course schedules and tuition invoices via a smartphone application.