San Diego State University Selects Aruba Networks’ ClearPass Solution for Comprehensive BYOD Management

San Diego State University Selects Aruba Networks’ ClearPass Solution for Comprehensive BYOD Management

ClearPass Access Management System Supports 20,000 Mobile Devices on Campus

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – July 16, 2013 – Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that San Diego State University (SDSU), a nationally-ranked research university renowned for academic excellence, is deploying the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System. Combined with SDSU’s existing Aruba Networks Wireless LAN (WLAN), ClearPass will allow the University to address the challenges associated with the exponential growth in wireless and mobile devices resulting from the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend on campus.

With 34,000 students, 9,600 faculty and staff, and guests on its 300-acre campus, SDSU must accommodate tens of thousands of wireless and mobile devices accessing the network each day – many of these personal devices. Given this volume of devices, SDSU needed a comprehensive access and policy management solution that could easily scale while improving the security of the wireless network and easing the management burden on the IT Department.

After a thorough review of solutions from a wide range of vendors, SDSU chose the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System with ClearPass Policy Manager, ClearPass Guest and Aruba AirGroup. The ClearPass Access Management System lets organizations like SDSU manage network policies, securely onboard and manage devices and admit guest users, all from one platform.

With its new ClearPass solution, SDSU will have a central system for network authentication. Unlike the University’s current system, ClearPass will give SDSU’s IT department visibility into exactly which users and devices are registering onto the network. This will allow SDSU to better manage, track and give appropriate access to the deluge of devices accessing the network, which will ensure a more secure, consistent network experience for all of the University’s users.

“With our old access management system, we weren’t able to access the necessary information from devices to properly prioritize and manage traffic,” said Kent McKelvey, Director Telecomm and Network Services, SDSU. “With ClearPass, we will be able to view and manage all of that detailed information, and restrict or block access if necessary. ClearPass will provide us with the flexibility to manage a user base comprised of known and unknown users and will allow us to quickly and easily adjust how we determine levels of access.”

In addition to deploying the ClearPass Access Management System, SDSU is also in the process of upgrading all of its access points (APs) to the 802.11n standard. When this upgrade is complete, the SDSU WLAN will include nearly 2,000 Aruba APs, Aruba Mobility Controllers and the AirWave Network Management System, which delivers comprehensive visibility across the entire SDSU access network. The upgraded WLAN will enhance SDSU’s campus-wide wireless network access and will support a wide range of instructional applications including Structural Technology Services, which manages and supports the classroom and its academic content, and Blackboard.

“San Diego State University is a great example of how institutions of higher education can use Aruba WLANs with ClearPass to reliably support and manage the avalanche of mobile devices that are accessing their networks,” said Robert Fenstermacher, Director, Product and Solutions Marketing for Aruba Networks. “ClearPass allows universities to provide robust, reliable and secure network access for all of their users – students, faculty, staff and guests.”

About San Diego State University
San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded in 1897, the university has grown to offer bachelor’s degrees in 89 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and DPT). SDSU’s approximately 34,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. For more information, visit

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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