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More than Half of 298 U.S. Colleges and Universities Surveyed See Wireless Network Upgrades as a Top Priority for 2012

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>U.S. colleges and universities scaling back wired LANs and expanding wireless networks to facilitate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and multimedia over Wi-Fi</i> </p>

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

More than Half of 298 U.S. Colleges and Universities Surveyed See Wireless Network Upgrades as a Top Priority for 201208:00 EDT Tuesday, October 18, 2011 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN) today released the results from a survey focused on the networking priorities of 298 higher education information technology professionals. The survey clearly shows that colleges and universities are scaling back wired LANs to expand their wireless networking offerings and capabilities. American University, of Washington D.C., whose network operations director replied to the survey, has deployed an Aruba 802.11n network based on the Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) Architecture to address the demand imposed by the recent flood of mobile devices. With 13,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, the university's IT department regularly sees more than 4,000 concurrent users on the wireless network. “The shift from wired networks to a more mobile-centric network architecture is a focused initiative across higher education today,” said Hassan Marvi, director, network operations at American University, “given both the decreasing number of devices that have Ethernet ports and the rising frequency with which students and teachers are using tablets and smartphones over even laptops for communications.” Regarding current and planned network use, 96 percent of survey respondents said that they had WLAN connectivity currently in place, with 85.7 percent responding that they also have guest access for WLAN. The Bring Your Own Device, or “BYOD” phenomenon is a strong driver for WLAN ubiquity, with survey respondents estimating an average 60 percent increase in the number of mobile devices on their campuses this year, when compared to last year. Multimedia applications are also a driver for WLAN growth and upgrade, with 38.5 percent of surveyed institutions currently using their WLAN for classroom video and 31.4 percent having already deployed voice over WLAN. WLAN Upgrades a Top Priority This Year In response to the question, “What major IT initiatives do you expect to be prioritized for 2012?”, “802.11 wireless upgrades” was the top response at 51.2 percent, followed by “Virtualization” at 49.8 percent and “Identity & access management” at 39.4 percent. Only 28.3 percent of respondents said that “Wired/Ethernet upgrades” would be prioritized in the coming year. Respondents also noted that, on average, 51.9 percent of their existing wireless networks had already been upgraded to 802.11n. WLAN Budgets Up, Wired LAN Budgets Down When asked, “How do you expect your overall IT budget to change for 2012?” 40.6 percent said their wireless LAN budgets would increase, while only 11.6 percent said that their wired LAN/Ethernet budget would grow. The 30 percent of respondents who said they had conducted a recent port usage analysis reported that, on average, only 56.4 percent of wired Ethernet ports had seen any use over the sample timeframe. Survey Respondent Profile Respondents came from all areas of higher education IT, with 23.9 percent identifying themselves as senior executives (VP, director, CTO, CIO, etc.), 36.2 percent as managers (IT manager, IT project manager, etc.) and 32.4 percent as engineers/technicians. Of 298 survey respondents, 31 percent have student bodies of more than 15,000, 17.6 percent have between 7,000 and 15,000 students, 29.7 percent have between 2,001 and 7,000, 17.2 percent had less than 2,000 and 5.4 percent had less than 500. “This year's survey validates what we see daily from our customers,” said Robert Fenstermacher, director of education product and solutions marketing for Aruba. “Institutions of higher education are migrating en masse to wireless networks, and specifically to 802.11n, to enable BYOD and facilitate multimedia-grade performance over Wi-Fi.” 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.Media ContactsAruba NetworksWilson Craig, +1-408-516-6182Director, Corporate Communicationswcraig@arubanetworks.com