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  • Dell and Aruba Networks sign a multi-year agreement to deliver Aruba’s wireless solutions under Dell’s PowerConnect W-Series networking portfolio.
  • Wireless solutions enable the delivery of end-to-end networking capabilities for PowerConnect portfolio.

Dell and Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN) today announced a multi-year agreement to deliver Aruba’s wireless networking solutions under the Dell™ PowerConnect™ W-Series.

Customers in the ‘Virtual Era’ are increasingly looking for wireless networking capabilities that support the mobility requirements of end-users while balancing the management, security, and scalability needs of IT professionals. The new PowerConnect W-Series is designed to help customers more efficiently deploy and manage wireless networking solutions, and expands Dell’s existing PowerConnect portfolio to deliver networking capabilities from the core to the edge.

Dell’s PowerConnect W-Series of wireless networking solutions will help customers dynamically scale their networks by delivering enterprise-class connectivity and security to mobile workers. Through an intuitive, centralized management console, IT professionals will be able to manage thousands of wireless access points. End-users will gain virtually anywhere, anytime access to critical information and applications when they’re needed most. The PowerConnect W-Series is designed to be easy to deploy and seamlessly prioritize bandwidth based on application demands in a dynamic, rapidly-changing network.

W-Series Controllers will enable easy integration into an organization’s existing network, to securely and efficiently extend network resources to a mobile workforce. Once deployed, automated access point set-up and configuration will help reduce deployment time, while centralized management will allow administrators to more quickly realize the benefits of a fully-integrated and managed wireless solution. These productivity and mobility features benefit the enterprise, including branch offices, government, healthcare and small businesses.

Product Detail

Based on open-standards and interoperable with a broad universe of existing networking solutions, the Dell PowerConnect W-Series family will include:

  • The PowerConnect W-3000 Series Controllers, delivering advanced secure, mobile connectivity for business-critical data, voice, and video applications;
  • The PowerConnect W-600 Series Small Business and Branch Office Controllers, offering mobile connectivity and innovative features including Power-over-Ethernet, and file/print server options;
  • W-Series Access Point solutions, including the PowerConnect W-AP92/W-AP93 Single Radio, PowerConnect W-AP105 Dual-Radio, and PowerConnect W-AP124/W-AP125 Dual-Radio 3x3 MIMO solutions, all supporting 802.11a/b/g/n industry standards;
  • AirWave Wireless Management Suite, a powerful operations management solution for multi-vendor wired, wireless, and mobile device networks.

Availability

The Dell PowerConnect W-Series of wireless networking products are expected to be available to customers in the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom this quarter, with other countries in the near future. Solutions will be available through Dell and its PartnerDirect channel partners.

Executive Quotes

“As enterprise users of Dell technologies become more mobile, the PowerConnect W-Series delivers best-of-breed, centrally managed wireless networking solutions. Wireless LAN is a perfect complement to our existing PowerConnect networking solutions and helps Dell deliver a comprehensive, end-to-end solution,” said Brad Anderson, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Product Group, Dell. “Our collaboration with Aruba delivers solutions that meet end-users’ demanding needs for bandwidth and IT administrators’ needs for security and manageability”

“The increasingly mobile work force is driving major changes in how enterprise networks are designed,” said Hitesh Sheth, Aruba COO. “Continuous secure network access within and outside the enterprise is essential to productivity. Validated by more than 11,000 customers worldwide, Aruba’s 802.11n wireless LANs and remote access technology deliver the secure and reliable network access required by mobile users. With this agreement, our best secure mobility solutions are now available under the Dell brand, which is world renowned for value and service.”

About Dell

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is a leading technology provider to commercial and public enterprises around the world.

About Aruba Networks

Aruba is a global leader in distributed enterprise networks. Its award-winning portfolio of campus, branch/teleworker, and mobile solutions simplify operations and secure access to all corporate applications and services – regardless of the user’s device, location, or network. This dramatically improves productivity and lowers capital and 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, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com/. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter, Facebook, or the Green Island News Blog.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the expectations, beliefs, financial plans, intentions and strategies of the parties relating to their collaboration. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding future product offerings, such products’ availability, and potential benefits of current and future product offerings. These statements reflect the parties’ current beliefs and are based on current information available to us both. The ability of the parties to achieve these business objectives involves many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including risks that are described from time to time in the parties’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The parties assume no duty to update the forward-looking statements and have no intention to do so.

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