Secure Wireless Network from Aruba Provides Ubiquitous Wireless LAN Coverage Across An Enterprise That Spans 55 Countries
SUNNYVALE, CA August 6, 2007 – Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in user-centric networks and secure mobility solutions, today announced that ICI PLC, one of the world's major paints, adhesives and specialty products businesses, has selected Aruba Networks’ wireless LAN and security solutions for use at sites worldwide. ICI manufactures decorative coatings products for the consumer and construction industries, innovative adhesives for the electronics and packaging markets as well as industrial uses, specialty starches for the food industry, and specialty polymers for personal care products. The company has approximately 26,000 employees and operates in more than 55 countries. Aruba’s networks are intended to enhance the efficiency, mobility, and connectivity of users who move between corporate sites and remote locations, while maintaining the highest level of security and access control. The first three sites have already been installed in the UK, and a corporate-wide international rollout is underway.
“Aruba was the only solution that delivered exactly what we asked for,” said Paul Simmonds, global security director at ICI. “Compared to all of the other vendors we considered; only Aruba offered a fully secure, completely user-friendly product that fully integrated into ICI’s existing systems. ICI had held-off implementing wireless LANs within its premises, and we were initially sceptical of the ability to deliver a mobile computing experience that was both transparent to the user and automatically secure. We therefore thoroughly tested products from our short-listed vendors in search of the perfect fit. Only Aruba met all of our requirements.”
ICI needed a scalable networking architecture to support both existing facilities and mobile users roaming abroad. Aruba 6000 Mobility Controllers and access points constitute the backbone of the wireless LAN, while Aruba’s Remote Access Points enable mobile and home workers to securely connect to the corporate network. “Despite the initial skepticism, today many users consider the Aruba mobile computing network to be an indispensable tool,” said Simmonds.
“Aruba’s user-centric networks securely and reliably bring enterprise applications to users wherever they work,” said Rob Pronk, Aruba’s vice president of EMEA sales. “ICI is representative of many large enterprises with remotely located facilities and scores of mobile users. Every user, regardless of location, needs reliable, secure access to enterprise applications. Aruba’s user-centric network provides ‘follow-me’ connectivity and security using centralised policy and network management that scales to networks of virtually any size. The net result, as ICI demonstrates, is a ‘follow-me’ enterprise that brings business-critical application to all users.”
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ICI is one of the world's major coatings, adhesives, starch and synthetic polymers businesses. ICI products today include adhesives for a wide range of applications, starches for the food industry, specialty polymers for personal care products, adhesives for the electronics and packaging markets as well as a wide range of decorative coatings and specialty products for domestic use and the construction industry. More than a quarter of ICI's sales are made in Asia Pacific, with 29% in Europe and over 40% in the Americas. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, ICI is a member of the FTSE100, the FTSE4Good Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. ICI has approximately 26,000 employees worldwide and 2006 sales for its continuing operations of £4.8 billion. More information can be found at www.ici.com <http://www.ici.com/> .
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba securely delivers the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that significantly expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive WLANs, identity-based security, and application continuity services into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be easily deployed as an overlay. Adaptive WLANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always within reach. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across WLAN and cellular networks. The cost, convenience, and security benefits of user-centric networks are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit http://www.arubanetworks.com <http://www.arubanetworks.com/> .