Aruba Networks delivers secure wireless access at Caltech

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The California Institute of Technology has deployed Aruba Network's adaptive wireless LANs across its Pasadena campus. Aruba Networks Inc. is a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions.

Founded in 1891, the world renowned research and teaching university has more than 2,000 students and 5,700 faculty and staff including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Caltech focuses on investigating the most challenging problems in science and technology through research integrated with education, and quick access to information is an important tool in that quest.

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Nearly 700 Aruba access points now provide blanket coverage across the 124 acre campus located 10 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center. 'We implemented a campus-wide wireless LAN and were pleased with the ease of provisioning and deploying the access points,' said John Dundas III, Caltech's Director of IMSS Voice & Data Networks.

'We wanted to provide a campus-wide mobile computing solution that would support voice, video, and other applications in the future. The new network offers the performance, differentiation of service, and security we need, while the centralised network management architecture minimises the work required to maintain and modify the system to accommodate our very dynamic environment.'

Aruba designed its unified mobility solutions to securely deliver networks to users by integrating adaptive wireless LANs, identity-based security, Wi-Fi-to-cellular solutions, and multi-vendor network management into a cohesive, high-performance system. By automatically adapting the network to accommodate user behavior, interference, and nearby networks, Aruba simplifies wireless LAN set-up and operation. Unique follow-me security capabilities provide complete mobility for users while ensuring that security is always enforced, even for telecommuters working from home or researchers at satellite campuses. Finally, Aruba's vendor-neutral AirWave Wireless Management Suite reduces the cost and difficulty of technology migrations. By simultaneously managing new and legacy devices from more than sixteen different vendors, users can stage migrations on a schedule, and budget, that best meets their needs.

'Wireless LANs are an indispensable tool on today's campuses, and the expectations from users and IT management alike are very high,' said Robert Fenstermacher, Aruba Higher Education Marketing.


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