Microsoft chooses Aruba
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 13th 2005 --
Aruba Networks announced that it has been selected by Microsoft Corporation to provide next-generation networking equipment for what is considered to be one of the world's largest next-generation wireless LANs (WLAN), serving over 25,000 simultaneous users each day across more than 60 countries around the world.
Deployed in 277 buildings covering more than 17 million square feet, Microsoft's new WLAN will be constructed using Aruba mobility controllers, mobility software and some 5,000 ultra-thin Aruba wireless access points.
The new enterprise-wide Aruba mobility system will provide Microsoft with a single, flexible and highly secure environment for all types of users and devices. It will enable Microsoft to centrally control and secure wireless users and devices anywhere while providing seamless voice and data communications.
"Microsoft is the ultimate enterprise, looking for a better way to secure, manage and scale their wireless environment. They found what they were looking for in Aruba," said Don LeBeau, president and CEO of Aruba Networks. "Our ability to uniquely tie security, mobility and user management together in one place makes us the ideal choice for large companies, like Microsoft, looking to easily enable mobility across their business."
The next-generation wireless LAN infrastructure will help Microsoft reduce, by two orders of magnitude, the amount of equipment needed to be managed. The new infrastructure will also eliminate the need for Microsoft to deploy separate overlay networks for voice-over-wireless, guest services, RF security and wireless location services.
"The advancements in the wireless space since Microsoft Corporation first implemented our global wireless network in 1999 are truly exciting," said Sunjeev Pandey, senior director of Microsoft IT. "We are pleased to be partnering with Aruba in the upgrade of Microsoft's next-generation wireless LAN as we take that next step forward in driving innovation in upcoming Microsoft products. This partnership will allow Microsoft to leverage a cutting edge wireless and mobility platform that provides us the scalability, performance and security that our environment demands."