Dysart Unified School District Supports Visionary Technology Initiatives with Aruba Networks Infrastructure

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02/25/2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif.

New Network Enables BYOD and Engaging Classroom Environments
for Arizona’s Fastest Growing School District

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 25, 2014 – Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that Dysart Unified School District in Maricopa County, Ariz., has selected Aruba for its district-wide wireless LAN deployment and upgrade. Working with integration and Aruba Platinum partner, VectorUSA, the district has implemented Aruba’s wireless solutions in four high schools and five elementary schools, with plans to extend the wireless infrastructure throughout all of its facilities and beyond.

Long recognized for its integration of technology into teaching and learning, Dysart is leveraging district-owned laptops, student- and teacher-owned mobile devices, Google Apps, videoconferencing and other tools to create an engaging classroom environment. The district also plans to use the wireless network for online testing and expanding its video surveillance system. The deployment of a robust wireless LAN was essential to meet all of these objectives and advance the district’s technology vision.

“We encourage teachers and students to use any available technology for instruction — it’s built into our culture,” said John Andrews, CIO, Dysart Unified School District. “But with the introduction of Bring Your Own Device, we had the daily concern of students not being able to connect because of limitations in our legacy wireless network. Now, with the implementation of Aruba’s solutions, all we hear is praise. Our students and teachers are using technology more than ever. And we have the infrastructure we need to support online assessment testing as well as enhance safety and security.”

The district found Aruba’s solution to be a better match for its needs and budget than its incumbent vendor, Cisco. In addition to Aruba access points and Mobility Controllers, the district is utilizing the AirWave Network Management System for comprehensive network optimization and the ClearPass Access Management System for policy management and guest access. AirWave helps the district manage the user experience through visibility into which devices are accessing the network, how much bandwidth is being consumed and other important metrics. ClearPass enables end-to-end device management through granular policy enforcement across mobile users, devices and apps coupled with scalable and secure guest access.

“We have had the privilege of working with Dysart for a number of years and have gained a strong understanding of the district’s needs and goals, “ said Jeffrey Peterson, General Manager, VectorUSA. “Because the network will ultimately reach 26 locations serving more than 25,000 students, 1,500 teachers and 2,000 staff,  the ability to remotely monitor and manage the network and provide user-friendly guest registration was critical for Dysart.  We felt confident that the Aruba solution would meet the district’s requirements.”

Dysart Unified School District is committed to providing seamless wireless coverage to support ever-increasing numbers of student-owned devices, and has plans to implement Aruba 802.11ac technology as it continues to expand it wireless LAN into additional schools. The district also has a vision for wireless that goes beyond its 26 sites to potentially include Wi-Fi in its 150 school buses that serve a 140-square-mile area. This initiative would provide secure Internet access for thousands of students who spend up to three hours traveling to and from school each day.

“The success we’ve had so far gives us the confidence to think big,” Andrews said. “The network performance has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to the new opportunities it presents for our district.”

About VectorUSA

VectorUSA, one of America’s premiere technology companies, designs, builds and maintains voice, data and video networks. With 25 years of experience and more than 480 employees, we work closely with over 30 strategic technical partners to provide customized solutions for public and private K12 and higher-ed schools, ports and terminals, hospitals, large and small commercial enterprises, and state, local, and federal agencies. To learn more, visit http://www.vectorusa.com.

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 enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.

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