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April 26, 2010

Educational Institutions Worldwide Go WiFi with Aruba

By Divya Narain, TMCnet Contributor


Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of distributed enterprise network solutions Aruba Networks, Inc has announced that that colleges and universities are showing more inclination toward adaptive 802.11n wireless networks than toward expensive Ethernet or coaxial cabling plants.


Educational institutions that have deployed LANs from Aruba enjoy best-in-class capacity, client density, security, and reliability. Aruba's 802.11n WiFi (News - Alert) delivers wire-like performance at speeds greater than fast Ethernet.

It is perfect for high-speed file transfer, gaming, and multi-media applications commonly used by students. Plus, there is no need for coaxial cable to carry video as Aruba's 802.11n networks can simultaneously broadcast multiple IPTV (News - Alert) channels. While students enjoy the mobility Aruba offers, the schools benefit from the reduced capital and operating expenses.

"Today, wireless connectivity has become table stakes for higher education network connectivity," said Tim Zimmerman, principal research analyst at Gartner (News - Alert). "Student's have grown up using wireless as their default connectivity method, using wired connections by exception only. The momentum of wireless growth is not expected to slow down as students are using wireless to connect not only laptops but cell phones, video games and other devices that increase both the density of devices within the coverage area but also the demand for capacity."

Some of the institutions that have benefited from Aruba's 802.11n WiFi include St. Michael's College, Liberty University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Brandeis University.

"We discarded our wired IPTV plans in favor of the wireless Aruba network because the wired approach didn't meet the needs of our increasingly mobile user community," said Mark Norris, Liberty University's Director of IT Operations. "By rightsizing the video delivery infrastructure - leveraging 802.11n WiFi everywhere possible and minimizing reliance on expensive coaxial and Ethernet cabling plants - the University significantly enhanced user mobility while reducing capital and operating expenses."


Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Divya's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri


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