|[November 05, 2012]
Ohio University Chooses Aruba Networks To Tackle Wi-Fi Density and Application Performance for Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT)
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Aruba Networks (News - Alert), Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced that Ohio University
(OHIO), a 2012 Forbes best college, is deploying an Aruba 802.11n
wireless LAN to accommodate the growing Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)
challenge, and to directly address the significant increase in users,
mobile devices, and new applications hitting the network.
With a 1,773-acre main campus in Athens, Ohio, five regional campuses,
two satellite centers, and an e-learning presence, Ohio University
serves a diverse student body of 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and
medical students across southeast Ohio. During the past few years, OHIO
has seen an increase in the BYOT trend that began on university
campuses, with a dramatic surge in the number of mobile devices
connecting to the network. In fact, the number of mobile or wireless
devices has grown to approximately two per student and exceeds two for
faculty and staff.
Although the university's IT department had done a good job ensuring
that its existing, multi-vendor 802.11 a/b/g wireless network covered
the campus end-to-end, they realized that the network could not handle
the increasing number of users and devices connecting - as many as
32,000 at any given time - as well as the high density of users
requiring connectivity in classrooms, residence halls and common areas.
Based on the success of a pilot deployment of Aruba's wireless LAN
solution in five campus buildings, the university decided to move
forward with a full campus installation which will include 4,500 Aruba
AP-105, AP-124 and AP-135 access points and 16 Aruba M3 controllers when
completed. The University is also using Aruba's AirWave (News - Alert) network
management system for monitoring, reporting and control of the network.
"Wireless is by far the most popular access method on our campus and
students are bringing more mobile devices to campus than ever before,"
said Brice Bible, Chief Information Officer, Ohio University. "We
recognize that giving our students, staff and faculty seamless coverage
across the entire campus - from classroom to dorm room - is not only a
selling point for the university, but a way to enhance the educational
experience and improve the productivity, efficiency and satisfaction of
Aruba's wireless LAN solution allowed OHIO to quickly and
cost-effectively address its need for comprehensive and reliable
wireless coverage. It was also instrumental in providing wireless
Internet on short notice when President Obama gave an outdoor speech to
over 14,000 spectators on the university's Collge Green on October 17,
2012. OHIO network engineers deployed a temporary hot spot on the press
podium for 175 reporters and security personnel via two Aruba access
points. Three additional access points were deployed around the venue to
provide access to students, faculty and staff in the audience.
With the new wireless LAN, Ohio University has enabled a wealth of
applications across campus. Increasingly, professors are using mobile
devices in the classroom as teaching tools and are asking students to
use their devices for enhanced learning. The university has a number of
classrooms that mix students who are physically in the class with
distance learners connected via web-conferencing. The university's Alden
Library has a mobile application that lets students request, search and
renew items, as well as view materials and circulation records. In
addition, the Academic Research Center, a collaborative effort between
the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine, was designed to utilize the
university's new high-speed wireless connectivity giving students access
to virtual labs, classroom content and collaboration tools. Finally, the
university's Baker Student Center uses the network for secure, wireless
point-of-sale transactions. Beyond these applications, the university's
IT department is developing a complete mobile application strategy to
fully leverage the new Aruba WLAN.
"Ohio University is a perfect example of how wireless technology has
evolved and is being used to address the onslaught of new mobile devices
and applications flooding university networks," said Gerry Festa,
director, industry solutions marketing for Aruba Networks. "With Aruba's
high-performing, highly reliable wireless LAN, Ohio University can give
its students and faculty access to applications and resources that
enhance the educational experience. Universities that recognize the
importance of a comprehensive wireless and mobile strategy will have a
clear advantage in today's education market."
In terms of future network expansion, Ohio University expects to extend
wireless access by February, 2013, to its athletic facilities including
Peden Football Stadium, Peden Tower, where training rooms, coaches'
offices and the press box are located, and the Convocation Center where
basketball, volleyball and other sports compete. All locations on all
campuses are expected to be complete by January 2014.
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access
solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company's Mobile Virtual
Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network
infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate
headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests.
This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and
users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon,
dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational
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