Aruba deploys 802.11ac solution for Australian Catholic Education Office Sydney
Oct 18, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Aruba Networks Inc., a provider of next-generation network access solutions, has announced the deployment of the new wireless networking standard, 802.11ac, for the Australian Catholic Education Office Sydney.
The implementation brings next generation Wi-Fi functionality to more than 30,000 users including students (years 7-12), teachers and administrators spanning 39 secondary schools in Sydney. Working with its system integration partner, Matrix CNI, the Catholic Education Office chose Aruba after conducting an extensive review of its existing wireless network.
This process identified the advantage in immediately upgrading from its legacy 802.11n infrastructure to 802.11ac, for better network performance and management. Additionally, there was a requirement for a single sign-on to the wireless network, and also the ability to easily onboard any device.
Across the Catholic Education Office network, it is now common for students as well as teachers to connect up to three devices, including Apple, Android and Windows-based smart phones, tablets and laptops to the Wi-Fi network at any time.
The ClearPass Access Management System allows the Catholic Education Office to create and enforce policies that extend across the network to devices and applications, providing total control over mobility services and a simpler way to deliver Wi-Fi network access to students, teachers and administrators.
The Aruba solution was initially rolled out to nine (9) schools and the Head Office- with the implementation spanning only five days. The installation was completed for an additional 30 schools over a 10-day period in late September 2013, during the New South Wales school holidays.
Steve Coad, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Aruba Networks, said, "We're seeing significant interest from organisations seeking to upgrade their networks to 802.11ac now, as results emerge from customers- such as the Catholic Education Office deploying 802.11ac. With Aruba's 802.11ac solution, including our unique patented ClientMatch, organisations gain significant performance improvements, larger network projection footprints, better management, and even more performance to 802.11n clients."
He added, "The Catholic Education Office has a renowned reputation for its innovative approach and capability around networking, and at Aruba we're proud of this significant achievement here in Australia in supporting them to become one of the world's best wireless networks in the education sector."
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