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SVP Worldwide Embraces Mobile Collaboration with Aruba Networks Cloud Wi-Fi

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN) today announced that SVP Worldwide, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of award-winning sewing machines and accessories, has replaced its Cisco WLAN infrastructure with Aruba’s Cloud Wi-Fi solution including the Aruba Instant 802.11ac APs (access points) and Aruba Central cloud-based management system to rapidly enable mobile collaboration across its distributed enterprise locations.

With more than 200 corporate-issued devices, as well as a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy in place to accommodate the needs of #GenMobile workers who want access from home and other non-traditional office locations, SVP Worldwide needed a solution that could support the increasing number and new types of devices on their network.

The company evaluated products from a number of vendors including Cisco – both its controller-based and Meraki cloud solutions – before selecting Aruba’s Cloud Wi-Fi solution. According to Aaron Paxson, Global Network Manager for SVP Worldwide, central management, ease of use and the ability to deploy quickly to a number of remote locations were all critical factors in their decision to deploy Aruba.

“It boiled down to time and resources – all of which result in cost savings,” said Paxson. “How fast could I deploy an AP to a remote location without technicians? That narrowed my decision to cloud management and the Aruba and Meraki solutions. The Aruba Instant APs were much easier to configure and the user interface was more intuitive. At the end of the day, the people who are troubleshooting these APs are not engineers – they’re helpdesk technicians – so it’s crucial that they be able to identify and resolve problems quickly and easily.”

With Aruba Central, Paxson noted that SVP Worldwide has been able to resolve issues much faster than before, resulting in a wireless network that operates reliably and end users who are more productive. “Our biggest problem prior to installing Aruba Central was that a user would report a problem with the wireless, but we wouldn’t be able to identify the location or source of the problem. Now, with just a couple of clicks, we can identify not only the access point the user is attached to but what kind of traffic and errors he or she experienced on their device.”

With more than 500 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ 802.11ac devices on the market today, Paxson said that having an 802.11ac-based solution was important to SVP Worldwide’s choice of infrastructure. “We could have gone with 802.11n, but we didn’t want to limit ourselves or have to go back and make another purchase twelve months later,” he noted. The fact that Aruba offers a complete set of 802.11ac access points – including the mature Instant 225 Series APs that the company chose – was another key factor in their decision.

“Since its introduction, our Cloud Wi-Fi solution has found great success with distributed enterprises like SVP Worldwide,” said Jeff Dolce, Area Vice President for Aruba Networks. “The rapid deployment, ease of configuration and use and cost savings that Aruba Central can offer are critical to a successful wireless network roll-out for these kinds of organizations.”

Based on the success of the initial deployment in their enterprise office environments, SVP Worldwide will look to extend its Aruba wireless infrastructure to a number of retail locations in North America next year, followed by their European locations.

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely upon, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™ automate infrastructure-wide performance optimization and trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention. The results are dramatically improved productivity and lower 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, Africa 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, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.

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