Aruba Networks (News - Alert), a specialist in network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, was selected by Canada-based Ryerson University to deploy the Aruba 802.11ac solution in the University's new Ted Rogers School of Management and in other locations across the campus.
The University also plans to upgrade existing Aruba access points to the Aruba AP-220 Series 802.11ac Aps. It will also be using Aruba’s 802.11ac solution and ClientMatch technology for all new installations, said officials.
Ryerson has benefited a lot from the initial deployment of 802.11ac with regards to performance enhancements in the new 802.11ac and the older, 802.11n devices. When the network deployment is complete more efficiency is expected.
Mourad Michael, assistant director of communications infrastructure for Ryerson remarked, “Our campus is surrounded by high-rise buildings. As a result, we’re frequently plagued by signals and rogues from all over campus and the surrounding area. Secure and reliable coverage is critical in this kind of environment.”
The digital media zone at Ryerson University forms a critical part of its application-based teaching methods. Network connectivity and wireless access will enhance the operation of the digital media zone and the entire campus. However, the location of the campus posed major challenges to the IT department.
The proliferation of mobile devices on campus has made it imperative for the University to ensure that its 30,000-plus students and 2,700 staff and faculty are able to access important applications, education tools and resources from anywhere on campus.
The Aruba 802.11ac deployment, combination of Aruba’s AP-225 access points and the ClientMatch technology serve all the needs of the campus by matching mobile devices to the best possible access point while connecting. The 802.11n devices in the school have achieved speeds of up to 600Mbps.
Aruba mobility controllers have enabled Ryerson to create different roles to allow students of different departments in the University to access resources, groups and applications that are specific to their department.
Recently Aruba announced that in Gartner’s (News - Alert) “magic quadrant for network access control” report, it has been positioned in the leaders quadrant for the first time. The substantial impact of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend on the Network Access Control (NAC) market was considered in 2013. Aruba and its ClearPass Network Access System moved into the leaders quadrant.