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Aruba Networks Launches Airheads Community for Enterprise Mobility Experts

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Aruba's Airheads Community offers social networking, technical certifications, member events and an industry-first MVP program for IT engineers in wireless LAN, security and mobile device management</i> </p>

Monday, December 05, 2011

Aruba Networks Launches Airheads Community for Enterprise Mobility Experts08:00 EST Monday, December 05, 2011 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced the launch of its new Airheads Community, developed expressly to meet the needs of the engineers driving a new era in access networking. The Airheads Community seeks to both draw from and inform a new type of networking expert focused on wireless LAN, security and mobile device management. It's in you. Become your company's mobile guru. (Photo: Business Wire) The Airheads Community is a vibrant forum for engineers who are focused on designing and implementing wireless LANs, ensuring network security and supporting mobile devices and applications. Airheads Community members have access to a wide variety of professional development opportunities. Airheads Social – A best-in-class social-media platform which acts as the central hub for all Airheads Community activities. The Aruba Certification and Training Program – This prepares engineers to solve a host of complex challenges that extend well beyond the wired infrastructure. Airheads Events – These allow members to collaborate at annual Airheads conferences, regional user group events and virtual events. 2012 Airheads Events are being planned for Las Vegas (MGM Grand, March 21-23, 2012); Nice, France and Bangkok, Thailand. Watch the Airheads Communities page linked below for more dates and information. The Aruba Airheads MVP Program – This program rewards members for demonstrating their knowledge as mobility experts. The more engaged members are with all aspects of the community, the more rewards and recognition they receive. Highlights/Key Facts:Why did Aruba Enhance and Expand the Airheads Community? The networking industry currently has a strong need for a professional engineering community to address the multiple challenges related to consumerization of IT. Historically, Aruba's Airheads conferences and the Airheads Online forum provided a small group of IT engineers and architects a valuable experience. Members had access to great content and valuable advice from experts. These members have expressed an interest in growing this community. The new Airheads Community has been created to extend the two-day Airheads conference experience and advocacy to a broader set of participants, all 365 days of the year. Who Will the Airheads Community Be? The Airheads Community is developed for IT engineers who are being challenged to deliver mobility services to a highly mobile enterprise workforce. Engineers looking to grow and gain access to expert advice, take part in training and certification programs, or network with other professionals in the enterprise mobility space will benefit from participation in the community. The Airheads Community is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge on enterprise mobility, user dynamics, device types, applications and networks. Why is the Airheads Community MVP Program Important? The Aruba Airheads MVP program recognizes members who have helped cultivate the Airheads Community through their expertise, participation and contributions. Airheads Community MVP candidates are leaders and motivators in the Airheads Social platform, Airheads Events and Aruba Certification and Training. The program recognizes community members who: Share their knowledge on Airheads Social and are recognized by their peers as frequent, knowledgeable contributors to the community. Demonstrate they are experts in the areas of mobility, wireless networking and security by achieving certifications and training. Attend Airheads Events to collaborate and share best practices among their peers and other experts. What are Airheads Community Events? Airheads Community Events are face-to-face and virtual events through which enterprise mobility professionals gather to collaborate on best practices, real-world deployment examples, lessons learned and much more. These include annual regional conferences with hundreds of attendees, quarterly half-day events in cities around the globe and exclusive online webinars delivered by Airheads MVPs and experts. Supporting Quotes:       “The Airheads Community gives me access to ‘real-time' information regarding the myriad options available when deploying and designing wireless networks. The real-world feedback on how certain design options impact Airheads Community members' networks is a very powerful tool.“ACDX, specifically, helped me understand the process of gathering the business and network requirements, and building a solution. My customer interactions both improved in accuracy and effectiveness after studying for and completing the Aruba ACDX Certification.”   –   Brian Hubert, ACDX#52, Airheads MVP GuruCIO & Senior Networking Architect, Apex Technology Group   “Within the Airheads Community, I can share my experience to help others. Working at a university, I see just about every kind of mobile device and computer. If there is a problem with that device connecting to our wireless, I see it. Another key benefit is learning. Reading posts from other users exposes me to a world of possibilities. Lastly, figuring out a problem without calling support is the nature of an IT person. The Airheads Social community gives us a place to hit first, prior to calling support. “I completed my Aruba ACMP Certification because I wanted to learn more than just what I do in my environment. The SWDI course forces you to build common environments. Starting a config' from scratch and doing it the right way is key to learning how to build and maintain a stable environment.”   – Zach Jennings, ACMP, Airheads MVP, Senior Network Server Manager, West Chester University of PA, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education   Watch These! – Airheads Communities Creative: Introduction to Airheads Communities by Ben Gibson, Aruba CMO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbRXYgANLCs Animated Film: “A Day in the Life of an Airheads Community Member”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IPNU9j31Wo Airheads Expert Profile - Cameron Esdaile, Amigopod: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArubaNetworks?feature=mhee#p/c/4/Ia4D8u_shCQ Airheads Community YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArubaNetworks#g/c/E5E81DD375EFB2F0 “A Bunch of Airheads”: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArubaNetworks?feature=mhee#p/c/5F83FB66EC7E4EB8/9/pJOvOikQqSI “Just Got Promoted”: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArubaNetworks?feature=mhee#p/c/5F83FB66EC7E4EB8/10/ii6ArtCThHI Airheads Communities: http://www.arubanetworks.com/company/communities/airheads-community More Aruba Social Media: Aruba Communities: http://community.arubanetworks.com/ Aruba Blogs Atmosphere: http://www.arubanetworks.com/company/aruba-atmosphere/ Innovation Island: http://www.arubanetworks.com/company/innovation-island/ Aruba Shore: http://www.arubanetworks.com/company/aruba-shore/ Aruba Twitter: http://twitter.com/arubanetworks Aruba Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arubanetworks Aruba Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/162533?trk=saber_s000001e_1000 Tags/Keywords: Aruba Networks, Airheads, Airheads Community, Certification, Airheads MVP, Airheads Social, Aruba Certification, Airheads Events, Aruba Certified Mobility Associate (ACMA), Aruba Certified Mobility Professional (ACMP), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX), Wireless LAN, Network Security, Mobile Devices, Mobile Applications, Enterprise Mobility.Aruba RSS Feed: http://ir.arubanetworks.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=206778&p=rssSubscription 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. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50094431&lang=en Aruba NetworksWilson Craig, +1-408-516-6182Director, Corporate Communicationswcraig@arubanetworks.com