Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE:HPE), today announced that the Miami, Florida-based Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is deploying an end-to-end HPE-Aruba network to bring an enhanced mobile experience to guests, as well as a more secure and productive workplace environment for its staff and performers. Replacing its existing Cisco-Meraki network and deploying a full suite of Aruba access switching, HPE datacenter and core switching, wireless and security solutions, the Center's goal is to deliver a mobile-first experience for up to 5,000 users connecting to its network regularly. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161108005045/en/
Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is building a mobile-first network with HPE-Aruba. (Photo: Business Wire)
Now in its 11 th season, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosts approximately 500 events each year in its flexible, state-of-the-art spaces including performances, meetings, receptions and educational events. In addition to hosting numerous theatrical and performance events including the largest jazz festival in South Florida and the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast, the Center offers free programming for the local community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children annually. James J. Thompson, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology for the Adrienne Arsht Center, noted, "As a nonprofit, we have a very small IT staff, so the ability to have an easily managed, end-to-end network is critical for us. We've had a great partnership with HPE over the years and seeing the capabilities of the combined Aruba and HPE portfolio made our wireless vendor choice a simple one." Spread across two city blocks, the Center was an early adopter of wireless technology and sought to give ubiquitous coverage to its entire staff, visiting performers and guests, across both indoor and outdoor areas. For its highly mobile staff including event managers, production workers and stagehands, most of whom use tablets and are rarely at their desks, the Center's primary goal was to ensure secure and reliable connectivity across all areas.