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Aruba MOVE Architecture Enables Wire-Like Performance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Delivered Over Wi-Fi

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Tests show Aruba Wi-Fi provides up to 75 percent better performance for Lync Server 2010 when compared to equivalent Cisco Wi-Fi; YES Prep schools of Houston reduces cost and time required to bring new schools online by 90 percent using Aruba and Lync Server 2010</i> </p>

Monday, June 27, 2011

Aruba MOVE Architecture Enables Wire-Like Performance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Delivered Over Wi-Fi08:00 EDT Monday, June 27, 2011 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced that its Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture for Wi-Fi networking enables wire-like performance of Microsoft Lync Server 2010, with tests showing up to 75 percent better performance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivered over an Aruba network when compared to an equivalent Cisco Wi-Fi network. The degree of improvement was calculated from mean opinion scores (MOS) after rigorous testing by Aruba and Microsoft, using Microsoft testing and evaluation criteria. Aruba has also been named a MicrosoftNetwork Infrastructure Optimization Partner. To ensure that end-users experience high audio and video quality with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft has collaborated with several network infrastructure vendors, including Aruba, to provide prescriptive guidance on the networking requirements for Lync. Focused on the needs of networking and IT Professionals, Network Infrastructure Optimization partners provide documentation, services and support for companies to optimize their enterprise networks for real-time audio, video and collaboration with Lync. The Aruba MOVE architecture has also been certified as interoperable with Lync Server 2010, through the ArubaEdge Partner Program. "The performance testing and associated solution guide for the Aruba wireless infrastructure with Lync Server 2010 will help make it faster and easier for integrators to deploy a combined system," said Kapil Sharma, principal group program manager of Lync Partner Engineering at Microsoft. YES Prep Public Schools, a free, open-enrollment public school system that serves 4,200 students across eight locations in the Houston area, needed an access network that would ensure high performance of Lync Server 2010. The collaboration suite is used by teachers and staff at all eight YES Prep schools, as well as its headquarters. "No one here has a desk phone, period," said Troy Neal, director of information technology at YES Prep. "With the discounts that Microsoft gives K-12 on Microsoft Lync 2010, the quality with which it performs over the Aruba access network, and the cost savings associated with deploying Lync instead of traditional PBX's, every K-12 school in the country should be doing this. We went from it taking six to nine months and $40,000 to $60,000 dollars to get a school up and running with a voice PBX to two or three weeks at between $300 and $3,000 dollars per site. As for the video and voice quality over the Aruba wireless network, let's just say no one can tell it's wireless, and that pretty much says it all." Gartner Research forecasts that growth of PC softphones, mobile softphones and IP-enabled wireless telephones will outstrip that of wired IP phones in the business telephone market from 2011 to 2015; TDM wireless telephones and both analog and digital telephones are in decline.* The rapid adoption of softphones and wireless phones that serve as the foundation of unified communications solutions makes the availability of a highly-secure and context-aware wireless network a practical necessity. Gartner Research: Business Telephone Market, Worldwide, 2006-2015, 1Q11 UpdateUnit Shipment CAGR 2011-2015 • PC Softphones and Mobile Softphones 17.7% • IP Wireless Telephones 14% • One- or Two-Line IP Telephones and Graphical Display IP Telephones 7.3% • TDM Wireless Telephones -3.1% • Analog and Digital Telephones -8.5%   ArubaOS Mobility Services enable context-aware mobility, identifying the user, device, application and location and optimizing the access network for advanced applications such as Microsoft Lync Server 2010. These services are centrally deployed, with private or public cloud-based management and also manage security, policy and network performance for every user and device on the network, regardless of access type. "The growth in use of unified communications suites such as Lync Server 2010, accompanied by the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, has created both opportunities and challenges for corporate IT departments," said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba. "The Aruba-Microsoft partnership ensures a dependable unified communications experience for mobile devices operating on Wi-Fi networks. As a result, IT organizations can now rightsize their wired networks and telecom equipment to realize significant savings in network build and operation costs." Aruba has published a detailed configuration guide to help users develop high-performance mobile access networks optimized for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The guide is available here: http://www.arubanetworks.com/pdf/partners/PSB_MicrosoftLync.pdf For more information on Aruba Wi-Fi with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, July 19, 2011 at 10 am PST. You may register for the webinar using the link below: http://page.arubanetworks.com/lyncme.html *Gartner, Inc., Forecast: Business Telephones, Worldwide, 2006-2015, 1Q11 Update, Megan Marek Fernandez, March 10, 2011. 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 dramatically improves productivity and lowers capital and operational costs. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook. © 2011 Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks' trademarks include the design mark for AirWave, Aruba Networks®, Aruba Wireless Networks®, the registered Aruba the Mobile Edge Company logo, the registered AirWave logo, Aruba Mobility Management System®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, People Move. Networks Must Follow®, RFProtect®, Green Island®. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Aruba Networks, Inc.Wilson Craig, +1-408-516-6182wcraig@arubanetworks.com