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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
Form 10-K
 
 
     
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  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    For the fiscal year ended July 31, 2008
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  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    For the transition period from            to          
 
Commission file number: 001-33347
Aruba Networks, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
     
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  02-0579097
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
1344 Crossman Ave.
Sunnyvale, California 94089-1113
(408) 227-4500
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number,
including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Common Stock, par value $0.0001
Securities registered pursuant to 12(g) of the Act:
None
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  Yes o     No þ
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.  Yes o     No þ
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes þ     No o
 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  þ
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer o Accelerated filer þ Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act.)  Yes o     No þ
 
As of January 31, 2008, the last business day of our most recently completed second fiscal quarter, shares held by non-affiliates of the registrant had an aggregate market value of $518,627,519, based on the closing price reported for such date on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
 
The number of outstanding shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock, $0.0001 par value, was 83,516,603 shares as of September 30, 2008.
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
 
Portions of the Proxy Statement for the Registrant’s 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K.
 


 

 
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      Business     4  
      Risk Factors     12  
      Unresolved Staff Comments     25  
      Properties     26  
      Legal Proceedings     26  
      Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders     26  
 
      Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities     27  
      Selected Consolidated Financial Data     30  
      Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     31  
      Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     48  
      Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data     49  
      Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure     85  
      Controls and Procedures     85  
      Other Information     85  
 
      Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance     85  
      Executive Compensation     85  
      Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters     86  
      Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence     86  
      Principal Accountant Fees and Services     86  
 
      Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedule     86  
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 EXHIBIT 21.1
 EXHIBIT 23.1
 EXHIBIT 31.1
 EXHIBIT 31.2
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PART I
 
In addition to historical information, this report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements include, among other things, statements concerning our expectations:
 
  •  that we will continue to enhance the functionality and performance of our ArubaOS operating system, our centralized mobility management architecture and our multi-vendor AirWave Wireless management platform;
 
  •  that we intend to increase our market penetration and extend our geographic reach through the expansion of our network of channel partners;
 
  •  that we plan to realize increased operating efficiencies by growing our offshore research and development and customer support capabilities and establishing additional offshore capabilities for certain general and administrative functions;
 
  •  that we will continue to expand our network of technology companies that enhance and complement our unified mobility solutions with security solutions, management tools, connectivity devices, and mobility applications;
 
  •  that revenues from our indirect channels will continue to constitute a substantial majority of our future revenues;
 
  •  that international revenues will increase in absolute dollars and as a percentage of total revenues in future periods as we expand into international locations and introduce our products in new markets;
 
  •  that, as our customer base grows, we expect the proportion of our revenues represented by support revenues to increase;
 
  •  that we will strategically hire employees throughout the company;
 
  •  that we will continue to invest significantly in our research and development efforts, which we believe are essential to maintaining our competitive position;
 
  •  that research and development expenses will increase on an absolute dollar basis and as a percentage of revenue compared with fiscal 2008;
 
  •  that we will continue to invest heavily in our sales and marketing efforts, and in particular, that we will increase the number of sales personnel worldwide, which we believe will generate future business;
 
  •  that sales and marketing expenses will continue to be our most significant operating expense and will increase on an absolute dollar basis and decrease as a percentage of revenue compared with fiscal 2008;
 
  •  that we will incur significant additional legal costs related to defending ourselves against claims made by outside parties;
 
  •  that general and administrative expenses will increase on an absolute dollar basis and as a percentage of revenue compared with fiscal 2008;
 
  •  that ratable product and related professional services and support revenues will decrease in absolute dollars and as a percentage of total revenues in future periods;
 
  •  that, as we expand internationally, we plan to continue to hire additional technical support personnel to support our growing international customer base; and
 
  •  regarding the sufficiency of our existing cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and cash generated from operations,
 
as well as other statements regarding our future operations, financial condition and prospects and business strategies. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in this report, and in particular, the risks discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of this report, and those discussed in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.


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ITEM 1.   BUSINESS
 
Overview
 
We securely deliver the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive wireless local area networks (“WLANs”), application continuity services, and identity-based security into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be deployed as an overlay to existing enterprise networks. Adaptive WLANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always connected. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across WLANs and cellular networks. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. The products we license and sell include the ArubaOS operating system, optional value-added software modules, a centralized mobility management system, high-performance programmable Mobility Controllers, wired and wireless access points, wireless intrusion detection tools, spectrum analyzers, and endpoint compliance solutions.
 
Our products have been sold to over 5,400 end customers worldwide (not including customers from Alcatel-Lucent, our largest channel partner), including some of the largest and most complex global organizations. We have now implemented a two-tier distribution model in most areas of the world, including the US, with value-added distributors (“VADs”) providing our portfolio of products, including a variety of our support services, to a diverse number of value-added resellers (“VARs”). Our focus continues to be management of our channel eco-system including selection and growth of high prospect partners, activation of our resellers through active training and field collaboration, evolution of our channel programs in consultation with our partners, and deriving full value from our VADs in the leverage they can provide.
 
Our ability to increase our product revenues will depend significantly on continued growth in the market for enterprise mobility solutions, continued acceptance of our products in the marketplace, our ability to continue to attract new customers, our ability to compete against more established companies as well as privately-held competitors, and our ability to continue to sell into our installed base of existing customers. Our growth in support revenues is dependent upon increasing the number of products under support contracts, which is dependent on both growing our installed base of customers and renewing existing support contracts. Our future profitability and rate of growth, if any, will be directly affected by the continued acceptance of our products in the marketplace, as well as the timing and size of orders, product and channel mix, average selling prices, costs of our products and general economic conditions. Our ability to attain profitability will also be affected by our ability to effectively implement and generate incremental business from our two-tier distribution model, by the extent to which we invest in our sales and marketing, research and development, and general and administrative resources to grow our business and general economic conditions.
 
On March 20, 2008, we completed our acquisition of AirWave Wireless, Inc. (“AirWave”) for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $24.6 million which included 1,518,774 shares of our common stock, valued at $7.9 million, and approximately $16.3 million in cash. AirWave designs and sells specialized software to centrally manage large, multi-vendor wireless local area networks (“LAN”), mesh, and WiMAX networks.
 
Industry Background
 
Network users are growing increasingly mobile and depend on continuous access to enterprise networks in order to work productively in the office, at home, or on the road. No longer just a convenience, mobile computing and communications are business critical infrastructure that must deliver mobile users the same experience, access to data, and security as they would enjoy at the office. Effectively implemented, secure mobility solutions offer a significant competitive advantage by allowing resources to be used optimally and at lowest cost. The ultimate goal is to untether completely from restrictive wired networks and create the all-wireless workplace — a place in which users have the freedom to work, or telework, from anywhere.
 
Delivering secure mobility solutions requires that certain challenges be overcome:
 
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  enable mobility, network access privileges and permissions must be clearly defined on a per-user basis to enable secure access and the reliable delivery of data, voice, video, and other applications to mobile users. Finally, unauthorized wireless devices can circumvent network security and must be detected and prevented
 
  •  Delivering applications in a mobile environment — Many applications are intended to be delivered over a fixed network and may perform sub-optimally in a mobile environment. This is especially true for mission-critical data and latency-sensitive voice and video applications. Enabling a network to recognize and adapt to an application — so-called “application awareness” — allows data, voice and video to be more reliably delivered, thereby enhancing the performance and utility of the application
 
  •  System integration — Enterprise-class mobility solutions require more than basic wireless access. Security, application, network, and radio frequency (“RF”) management services are required, too, potentially increasing the complexity of a system as it grows in size and scope. To be effective, a mobility solution must minimize deployment and integration complexity, and support massive scalability, without requiring expensive upgrades to existing infrastructure
 
  •  Management — Network management is the heart of any secure mobility solution because it so profoundly affects ease-of-use and on-going operating costs associated with set-up, diagnostics, maintenance, and upgrades. Centralized management allows even the largest enterprise to be supported with minimal IT overhead, while support for multiple vendors allows legacy infrastructure to coexist with the newest technologies like 802.11n
 
  •  Support for emerging mobile applications — Secure mobility solutions need to be future-proof, ready to support emerging applications such as enterprise fixed mobile convergence (“eFMC”), cellular-to-Wi-Fi applications, and location-based services such as asset tracking and inventory management
 
User-Centric Technology
 
We believe that our user-centric networks are fundamentally different from alternative mobility solutions. In traditional enterprise networks, users are connected to the network via physical ports using wires. These port-centric architectures assume a static relationship between a user and a port, and network access policies and application delivery priorities do not anticipate — and therefore limit — user mobility. To enable user mobility, the fixed ports must either be opened so any user can connect from any port, or they must be connected to wireless LANs. Both of these options reduce network security and application performance. To allow remote users to securely access a port-centric network, enterprises commonly deploy virtual private networks (“VPNs”), which increase cost and complexity while often degrading the user experience and application performance. None of these alternatives address the fundamental challenge of convenient and secure user access, reliable application delivery, or a consistent user experience across both wireless and wired networks at local and remote locations.
 
We address the secure mobility problem using a novel, user-centric architecture that assigns network access policies to users instead of infrastructure like data ports. As soon as a user is authenticated by our policy enforcement firewall access policies are immediately enforced for that individual, regardless of whether they’re working in the office, from home, or on the road. Identity-based security allows unrestricted mobility and a common user experience whenever and wherever the network is accessed. Other key elements of this architecture include:
 
  •  Follow-Me Connectivity — Our adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LANs enhance productivity and collaboration by delivering high performance wireless data, voice, and video connections even in dense deployments and noisy RF environments. Our solutions scale for campus applications while remaining cost-effective for branch deployments, can be used both indoors and outdoors, and support secure enterprise mesh for completely wireless networking
 
  •  Follow-Me Security — Our solutions enable IT departments to deliver authentication, encryption, and access control services to all users using a single integrated, low-power appliance. Additional services such as VPNs or access control firewalls are not required, reducing IT overhead and expenses
 
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  environment. IT managers can use our architecture to implement policies that prioritize and optimize services based on the specific user and/or the application being delivered
 
Follow-Me Management — Our AirWave multi-vendor network management platform provides business-critical insights into the operation of wireless networks made by more than 16 vendors. Whether managing a single vendor network, or a multi-vendor legacy system in transition to 802.11n, the AirWave platform extends the life of existing infrastructure investments and lowers IT overhead associated with managing a dynamic network
 
  •  Ease of deployment and integration — We have designed our architecture as a non-disruptive overlay to existing enterprise networks, allowing quick deployment by leveraging existing infrastructure. Additionally, we have integrated all of the disparate elements of enterprise mobility — security, application, network and RF management services — into a single architecture, making it easy and less expensive for IT departments to deploy our solution together with existing networks and security infrastructure
 
  •  Cost-effective scalability — We believe our architecture provides industry leading scalability through its ability to support up to 100,000 concurrent users from a single centralized point of control. In addition, our integrated solution reduces the amount and type of equipment required to enable mobility within a given location. As a result, our architecture enhances management efficiency and reduces equipment and personnel costs, allowing enterprise IT managers to scale enterprise mobility solutions in a cost-effective manner
 
  •  Flexible platform for emerging mobile applications — Our mobility solution architecture combines the flexibility of modular software with high-performance, programmable hardware. This combination enables us to rapidly introduce new applications, such as enterprise fixed mobile convergence and location-based services to track users and assets
 
Our Strategy
 
Our goal is to establish our secure mobility solution as the de facto standard for global education, enterprise, finance, government, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, and retail verticals. In pursuit of this quest, we believe that the following key elements of our strategy will help us maintain our competitive advantage:
 
  •  Drive adoption across the enterprise — Many enterprises initially deploy our solutions at corporate headquarters or main campus locations. Our objective is to penetrate remote locations and gain adoption by mobile users across corporate, government or educational campuses, as well as in branch and home offices. We intend to do so by emphasizing the productivity enhancements and cost-efficiency of our approach. We are also targeting business-continuity opportunities that require network access from remote locations, over 3G broadband connections, and via newly adopted business tools such as dual-mode Wi-Fi-cellular handsets.
 
  •  Maintain and extend our software offerings — We believe that the integrated encryption, authentication, and network access technology embedded in the ArubaOS operating system is a key competitive differentiator. We intend to continue enhancing the ArubaOS operating system and our centralized mobility management architecture to maintain our position as a technology innovator. We also intend to extend the functionality and performance of the ArubaOS operating system with additional software modules such as mobile voice-over-IP and location-based services. Finally, we intend to continue enhancing the capabilities of our multi-vendor AirWave Wireless management platform to both support additional competitive products and enhance the underlying features of this market-leading product.
 
  •  Utilize channel partners to expand our global market penetration — We intend to increase our market penetration and extend our geographic reach through the expansion of our network of channel partners. In late 2007 we partnered with three leading value-added distributors in the U.S. as part of a program to increase our reach into value-added resellers. We plan to expand our growing channel footprint and will tailor training and support programs to help drive this expansion.
 
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  and customer support capabilities. We plan to continue to realize increased operating efficiencies by growing these offshore operations and by establishing additional offshore capabilities for certain general and administrative functions.
 
  •  Expand our base of technology partners — We will continue expanding our network of technology companies that enhance and complement our unified mobility solutions with security solutions, management tools, connectivity devices, and mobility applications.
 
Products
 
Our unified mobility solutions integrate the ArubaOS operating system together with adaptive Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, wired and wireless remote access devices, Wi-Fi-to-cellular services (also known as eFMC), and centralized multi-vendor network management. The resulting mobility solution enhances productivity, fosters workplace collaboration, and ensures the continuity of business-critical processes regardless of where users work or roam. Our solutions can be overlaid on top of existing networks and security solutions, preserving or extending the useful life of investments in legacy network infrastructure.
 
ArubaOS
 
ArubaOS serves as the system software for our architecture. It uniquely integrates user-based security, application-aware RF services and wireless LAN access to deliver the most scalable secure mobile networking solution for large and mid-sized enterprises. ArubaOS comes standard with comprehensive centralized controls, and additional security and mobility functionality that can be added or unlocked via licensed software modules.
 
Additional Software Modules for ArubaOS
 
Licensed software modules extend the base capabilities of ArubaOS. Over time, certain software modules become part of the ArubaOS. Currently, our available modules include:
 
  •  Policy enforcement firewall — delivers user and group policy enforcement. Policies can be centrally defined and enforced on a per-user or per-group basis, following users as they move throughout the enterprise network;
 
  •  Wireless intrusion protection — identifies and protects against malicious attacks on wireless networks, as well as vulnerabilities caused by unauthorized access points and client devices;
 
  •  Remote Access Point — extends the enterprise network to roaming users, telecommuters, home/branch offices, construction trailers, and disaster recovery sites that have a wired or 3G backhaul Internet connection. Used in conjunction with any of our access points, this software allows seamless connectivity for remote users;
 
  •  VPN server — extends the mobile enterprise network to large branch offices and individual users over the public Internet, eliminating the need for separate external VPN equipment;
 
  •  External services interface — delivers a set of control and management interfaces to seamlessly integrate third-party network devices, incremental software modules, and services into user-centric networks;
 
  •  Secure Enterprise Mesh — allows our access points to connect wirelessly to other access points to provide LAN-to-LAN bridging, outdoor coverage without wires, or wireless offices and workspaces;
 
  •  xSec — provides wired and wireless Federal Information Processing Standard (“FIPS”) 140-2 validated encryption technology designed for high-security networks; and
 
  •  Voice Services — Delivers standards-based voice over Wi-Fi plus voice control and management innovations enabled by our application-aware architecture. Voice Services Module supports large-scale voice deployments and provides a foundation for fixed mobile convergence.


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Aruba Multi-Service Mobility Controllers
 
Our high-performance Multi-Service Mobility Controllers oversee the operation of our unified mobility solutions. These purpose-built platforms run ArubaOS and its associated software modules and can scale to meet the needs of large multi-national networks while handling the high throughput needs of 802.11n wireless networks. The controllers share a common hardware architecture that includes a dedicated control processor, a high-performance programmable network processor unit, and a unique programmable encryption engine. Multi-Service Mobility Controllers aggregate network traffic from access points, process it using our software controls, and deliver it to the network.
 
Our family of controllers includes multiple models, sized and priced to support a wide variety of applications from small offices and retail stores to branch and regional offices to large campuses and multi-national deployments.
 
Wireless Access Points and Wired Access Concentrators
 
Our wireless access points and wired access concentrators serve as on-ramps that aggregate user traffic onto the enterprise network and direct this traffic to Multi-Service Mobility Controllers. In addition to providing network access, our wireless access points provide security monitoring services for wireless networks. Wireless access points, available in indoor and outdoor versions, provide connectivity to clients using 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, which is supported by a broad array of consumer and commercial devices.
 
Wired access concentrators are designed for use in conference rooms, auditoriums, public areas, and roaming applications in which secure wired network access is required. Wired access concentrators connect to client devices using standard Ethernet protocol and forward network traffic to a Multi-Service Mobility Controller which enforce identity-based security and mobility policies.
 
Management Analytics and Threat Prevention
 
We offer a comprehensive suite of applications for planning, monitoring, fault management, real-time troubleshooting, reporting, RF coverage and location visualization for designing, maintaining, and securing wireless networks. Among the many products in this portfolio is RFprotect Distributed, a patent-pending wireless intrusion detection and prevention (“WIDP”) system featuring a two-tier system architecture — dual-radio sensors and a central security server. This powerful wireless security solution incorporates the Wireless Threat Protection Framework — including user-defined threat signatures — for complete threat detection, attack prevention, “no wireless” policy enforcement and compliance reporting inside the enterprise. RFprotect Distributed secures wireless networks against intrusions that are perpetrated intentionally and from vulnerabilities caused unintentionally through misconfigured network equipment.
 
AirWave Wireless Management Suite
 
AirWave Wireless, a division of Aruba Networks, is a leading provider of specialized tools to centrally manage large, multi-vendor wireless LAN, mesh, and WiMax networks. AirWave delivers a single, easy-to-use console that gives the entire IT staff full visibility and control over their wireless network and its users.
 
Legacy and new networking equipment often need to run side-by-side, in some cases for several years, because of multi-year capital equipment purchasing cycles and the introduction of new networking technology like 802.11n. The AirWave platform eases technology transitions by extending the life of existing capital investments and enabling multi-vendor solutions to be run from a common, centralized network management system. Most wireless vendors offer only proprietary management solutions geared towards their own products. AirWave’s platform manages networks and products from Aruba and more than 15 other vendors.
 
In addition to providing best-in-class multi-vendor mobility management tools, AirWave software can be used for remote managed service applications targeted by some of our service provider partners. The tool suite includes the AirWave Management Platform (“AMP”), VisualRFtm Location and Mapping Module, RAPIDStm Rogue Detection Module, and AirWave Master Console & Failover Servers.


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Customers
 
Our products have been sold to over 5,400 end customers worldwide (excluding end-customers of Alcatel-Lucent) in most major industries including but not limited to construction, education, engineering, finance, government, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, media, retail, technology, telecom, transportation, and utilities. Our products are deployed in a wide range of organizations from small organizations to large multinational corporations, including:
 
         
United States
 
EMEA
 
Asia Pacific and Other
 
California State University
  BAA   NTT Data Corporation
Drexel University
  Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs   Samsung Medical Center
Golden Living
  Saudi Aramco    
Hess Corporation
       
Microsoft
       
Navy Exchange Service Command
       
United States Air Force
       
 
End user customers purchase our products directly from us and through our VARs, VADs and original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”). For a description of our revenues based on our customers’ geographic locations, see Note 13 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Sales and Marketing
 
We sell our products and support directly through our sales force and indirectly through our VARs, VADs and OEMs:
 
  •  Our sales force — We have a sales force in each of the following regions: the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), the Asia Pacific (“APAC”) region and throughout the rest of the world. Each sales force is responsible for managing all direct as well as channel business within its designated geographic territory.
 
  •  VARs, VADs and OEMs — With over 100 new partners since the implementation of our partner program we now have over 600 channel partners worldwide. Our VARs, VADs and OEMs market and sell our products to a broad array of organizations. Some of these VARs also purchase our solutions and offer them to their end customers as a managed service.
 
We finished a reorganization of our two tier structure in EMEA to provide full role separation between our VARs and VADs. In North America we have implemented a broad deal registration program which facilitates less channel conflict. New partner training has also been rolled out which focuses on task-based rather than product-based knowledge. Our focus continues to be management of our channel eco-system including selection and growth of high prospect partners, activation of our resellers through active training and field collaboration, and evolution of our channel programs in consultation with our partners. We continue to work with VADs to create better leverage through our indirect channel in an effort to decrease the amount of involvement of our direct sales personnel in the sale process.
 
Our marketing activities include lead generation, tele-sales, advertising, web site operations, direct marketing, and public relations, as well as participation at technology conferences and trade shows.
 
Customer Service, Support and Training
 
We offer tiered customer service and support programs that encompass hardware, software, and access to future software upgrades on a when-and-if available basis. In order to better serve our customers, we have support centers in Sunnyvale, California and Chennai, India available to respond 24x7x365. Service and support for end customers of our VARs, VADs and OEMs are typically provided by these channel partners, to whom we provide backup support. Our training department conducts basic and advanced courses on-site at customer locations, third-party regional training facilities, and at our headquarters training facility in Sunnyvale, California. As part of our


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training program, we offer certification programs to demonstrate that participants have successfully completed the program and passed written and practical exams covering our products, networking, and wireless technologies.
 
Research and Development
 
Continued investment in research and development is critical to our business. To this end, we have assembled a team of engineers with expertise in various fields, including networking, security and RF. Our research and development efforts are focused in Sunnyvale, California, although we are expanding our research and development team in Bangalore, India. We have invested significant time and financial resources into the development of our unified mobility solutions and architecture. We will continue to expand our product offerings and solutions capabilities in the future and plan to dedicate significant resources to these continued research and development efforts.
 
Manufacturing
 
We outsource the manufacturing of our hardware products to Flextronics which helps us to optimize our operations by lowering costs and reducing time to market.
 
Our products are primarily manufactured in Flextronics’ Shanghai, China facility. We also utilize Flextronics’ facility in Singapore for manufacturing production, and a fulfillment and logistics hub for all customer shipments destined for APAC and EMEA locations. We operate a logistics center in California for all customer shipments destined to locations in the Americas. We also perform rigorous in-house quality control inspection and testing at our Sunnyvale, California facilities to ensure the reliability of our hardware components.
 
We utilize components from many suppliers. Whenever possible, we strive to have multiple sources for these components to ensure continuous supply. We work in conjunction with the extensive supply chain management organization at Flextronics to select and utilize suppliers with established delivery and quality track records. We source a limited number of components that are technically unique and only available from specific suppliers, and neither we nor Flextronics have entered into supply agreements with any of these suppliers. In these cases, we typically maintain a close direct relationship with these suppliers to ensure that supply meets our requirements including, in some cases, entering into license agreements that allow us to incorporate certain of their components into our products.
 
We also incorporate certain generally available software programs into our Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture pursuant to license agreements with third parties. We have also entered into license agreements with Atheros Communications, Inc. and Broadcom Corporation, each of which is a sole supplier of certain components used by Flextronics, our contract manufacturer, in the manufacture of our products.
 
Although the contract manufacturing services required to manufacture and assemble our products may be readily available from a number of established manufacturers, it is time consuming and costly to qualify and implement contract manufacturer relationships. Therefore, if Flextronics, Atheros, Broadcom or any other sole source supplier suffers an interruption in its business, or experiences delays, disruptions or quality control problems in its manufacturing operations, or we have to change or add additional contract manufacturers or suppliers of our sole sourced components, our ability to ship products to our customers would be delayed, and our business, operating results and financial condition would be adversely affected.
 
Competition
 
The market for secure mobility products is highly competitive and constantly evolving. We believe that we compete primarily on the basis of providing a comprehensive solution that enables mobility, security, and the delivery of converged application services. We believe other principal competitive factors in our market include the total cost of ownership, performance of software and hardware products, ability to deploy easily into existing networks, interoperability of networks with other devices, ability to easily scale, ability to provide secure mobile access to the network, speed of mobile connectivity, and ability to allow the centralized management of networks. Our competitive position also depends on our ability to innovate and adapt to meet the evolving needs of our customers. We expect competition to intensify in the future as other companies introduce new products in the same


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markets we serve or intend to enter. This competition could result in increased pricing pressure, reduced profit margins, increased sales and marketing expenses and failure to increase, or the loss of, market share, any of which would likely seriously harm our business, operating results or financial condition. If we do not keep pace with product and technology advances, there could be a material adverse effect on our competitive position, revenues and prospects for growth. We believe we compete favorably in each of these areas.
 
Our primary competitors include Cisco Systems, primarily through its Wireless Networking Business Unit, and Motorola, through its subsidiary Symbol Technologies. We also face competition from a number of smaller private companies and new market entrants most of which have developed proprietary technology.
 
Intellectual Property
 
Our success as a company depends critically upon our ability to protect our core technology and intellectual property. To accomplish this, we rely on a combination of intellectual property rights, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks, as well as customary contractual protections.
 
We have been granted five United States patents, and have over 50 provisional and non-provisional patent applications pending in the United States. We intend to file counterparts for these patents and patent applications in other jurisdictions around the world as appropriate.
 
Our registered trademarks in the United States are AIRWAVE, ARUBA NETWORKS, ARUBA WIRELESS NETWORKS, ARUBA MOBILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, FOR WIRELESS THAT WORKS, MOBILE EDGE ARCHITECTURE, PEOPLE MOVE. NETWORKS MUST FOLLOW, and ARUBA THE MOBILE EDGE COMPANY. We have United States trademark applications pending to register RFPROTECT, THE ALL WIRELESS WORKPLACE IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS, BLUESCANNER, and GREEN ISLAND. We have filed international trademark applications for the marks ARUBA NETWORKS, ARUBA THE MOBILE EDGE COMPANY and PEOPLE MOVE. NETWORKS MUST FOLLOW.
 
In addition to the foregoing protections, we generally control access to and use of our proprietary software and other confidential information through the use of internal and external controls, including contractual protections with employees, contractors, customers and partners, and our software is protected by United States and international copyright laws.
 
Corporate Information
 
We were incorporated in Delaware in February 2002. Our principal executive offices are located at 1344 Crossman Ave., Sunnyvale, California 94089-1113, and our telephone number is (408) 227-4500. Our website address is www.arubanetworks.com.
 
Employees
 
As of July 31, 2008, we had approximately 541 employees in offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region, of which 257 were engaged in sales and marketing, 174 were engaged in research and development, 54 were engaged in general and administrative functions, 33 were engaged in customer services and 23 were engaged in operations. None of our employees are represented by labor unions, and we consider current employee relations to be good.
 
Website Posting of SEC Filings
 
Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports are available, free of charge, on our website and can be accessed by clicking on the “Company/Investor Relations” tab. Further, a copy of this annual report on Form 10-K is located at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding our filings at www.sec.gov.


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ITEM 1A.   RISK FACTORS
 
Risks Related to Our Business and Industry
 
We compete in new and rapidly evolving markets and have a limited operating history, which makes it difficult to predict our future operating results
 
We were incorporated in February 2002 and began commercial shipments of our products in June 2003. As a result of our limited operating history, it is very difficult to forecast our future operating results. In addition, we operate in an industry characterized by rapid technological change. You should consider and evaluate our prospects in light of the risks and uncertainties frequently encountered by early stage companies in rapidly evolving markets characterized by rapid technological change, changing customer needs, evolving industry standards and frequent introductions of new products and services. These risks and difficulties include challenges in accurate financial planning as a result of limited historical data and the uncertainties resulting from having had a relatively limited time period in which to implement and evaluate our business strategies as compared to older companies with longer operating histories.
 
In addition, our products are designed to be compatible with industry standards for secure communications over wireless and wireline networks. As we encounter changing standards, customer requirements and competitive pressures, we likely will be required to reposition our product and service offerings and introduce new products and services. We may not be successful in doing so in a timely and appropriately responsive manner, or at all. Our failure to address these risks and difficulties successfully could materially harm our business and operating results.
 
Our operating results may fluctuate significantly, which makes our future results difficult to predict and could cause our operating results to fall below expectations.
 
Our annual and quarterly operating results have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate significantly in the future due to a variety of factors, many of which are outside of our control.
 
Furthermore, our product revenues generally reflect orders shipped in the same quarter they are received, and a substantial portion of our orders are often received in the last month of each fiscal quarter, a trend that we expect will continue and may, in fact, increase. As a result, if we are unable to ship orders received in the last month of each fiscal quarter, even though we may have business indicators about customer demand during a quarter, we may experience revenue shortfalls, and such shortfalls may materially adversely affect our earnings because we may not be able to adequately and timely adjust our expense levels.
 
In addition to other risk factors listed in this “Risk Factors” section, factors that may cause our operating results to fluctuate include:
 
  •  general economic conditions in our domestic and international markets, especially given the recent crisis in our domestic financial markets;
 
  •  our ability to develop and maintain our two-tier distribution model;
 
  •  fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services;
 
  •  reductions in customers’ budgets for information technology purchases and delays in their purchasing cycles;
 
  •  the sale of our products in the timeframes we anticipate, including the number and size of orders in each quarter;
 
  •  our ability to develop, introduce and ship in a timely manner, new products and product enhancements that meet customer requirements;
 
  •  our dependence on several large vertical markets, including the federal, education and general enterprise vertical markets;
 
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  •  any significant changes in the competitive dynamics of our markets, including new entrants, or further consolidation;
 
  •  our ability to control costs, including our operating expenses, and the costs of the components we purchase;
 
  •  product mix and average selling prices, as well as increased discounting of products by us and our competitors;
 
  •  the proportion of our products that are sold through direct versus indirect channels;
 
  •  our ability to attain volume manufacturing pricing from Flextronics Sales and Marketing North Asia (L) Ltd. and our component suppliers;
 
  •  growth in our headcount and other related costs incurred in our customer support organization;
 
  •  the timing of revenue recognition in any given quarter as a result of revenue recognition rules;
 
  •  the regulatory environment for the certification and sale of our products; and
 
  •  seasonal demand for our products, some of which may not be currently evident due to our revenue growth.
 
Our quarterly operating results are difficult to predict even in the near term. In one or more future quarterly periods, our operating results may fall below the expectations of securities analysts and investors. In this event, the trading price of our common stock could decline significantly.
 
We have a history of losses and may not achieve profitability in the future.
 
We have a history of losses and have not achieved profitability on a quarterly or annual basis. We experienced net losses of $17.1 million, $24.3 million, and $12.0 million for fiscal years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. As of July 31, 2008 and 2007, our accumulated deficit was $118.2 million and $101.1 million, respectively. We expect to incur operating losses in the future as a result of the expenses associated with the continued development and expansion of our business, including expenditures to hire additional personnel relating to sales and marketing and technology development. If we fail to increase revenues or manage our cost structure, we may not achieve or sustain profitability in the future. As a result, our business could be harmed, and our stock price could decline.
 
Our sales cycles can be long and unpredictable, and our sales efforts require considerable time and expense. As a result, our sales are difficult to predict and may vary substantially from quarter to quarter, which may cause our operating results to fluctuate significantly.
 
The timing of our revenues is difficult to predict. Our sales efforts involve educating our customers about the use and benefits of our products, including the technical capabilities of our products and the potential cost savings achieved by organizations that utilize our products. Customers typically undertake a significant evaluation process, which frequently involves not only our products but also those of our competitors and can result in a lengthy sales cycle, which typically averages four to six months in length but can be as long as 18 months. We spend substantial time, effort and money in our sales efforts without any assurance that our efforts will produce any sales. Recently, we have experienced longer sales cycles in connection with customers evaluating our new 802.11n solution and in light of general economic conditions in certain verticals. In addition, product purchases are frequently subject to budget constraints, multiple approvals, and unplanned administrative, processing and other delays. For example, during the second quarter of fiscal 2008, we experienced a significant decrease in revenues in our federal vertical market, which represents sales to United States governmental entities. We view the federal vertical as highly dependent on large transactions, and therefore we could experience significant fluctuations from period to period in this vertical. If sales expected from a specific customer for a particular quarter are not realized in that quarter or at all, our business, operating results and financial condition could be materially adversely affected.


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The market in which we compete is highly competitive, and competitive pressures from existing and new companies may have a material adverse effect on our business, revenues, growth rates and market share.
 
The market in which we compete is a highly competitive industry that is influenced by the following competitive factors:
 
  •  comprehensiveness of the solution;
 
  •  total cost of ownership;
 
  •  performance of software and hardware products;
 
  •  ability to deploy easily into existing networks;
 
  •  interoperability with other devices;
 
  •  scalability of solution;
 
  •  ability to provide secure mobile access to the network;
 
  •  speed of mobile connectivity offering;
 
  •  ability to allow centralized management of products; and
 
  •  ability to obtain regulatory and other industry certifications.
 
We expect competition to intensify in the future as other companies introduce new products in the same markets we serve or intend to enter. This competition could result in increased pricing pressure, reduced profit margins, increased sales and marketing expenses and failure to increase, or the loss of, market share, any of which would likely seriously harm our business, operating results or financial condition. If we do not keep pace with product and technology advances, there could be a material adverse effect on our competitive position, revenues and prospects for growth.
 
A number of our current or potential competitors have longer operating histories, greater name recognition, larger customer bases and significantly greater financial, technical, sales, marketing and other resources than we do. Potential customers may prefer to purchase from their existing suppliers rather than a new supplier, regardless of product performance or features. Currently, we compete with a number of large and well established public companies, including Cisco Systems, primarily through its Wireless Networking Business Unit, and Motorola (through its subsidiary Symbol Technologies), as well as smaller private companies and new market entrants, any of which could reduce our market share, require us to lower our prices, or both.
 
We expect increased competition from other established and emerging companies if our market continues to develop and expand. For example, our channel partners could market products and services that compete with our products and services. In addition, some of our competitors have made acquisitions or entered into partnerships or other strategic relationships with one another to offer a more comprehensive solution than they individually had offered. We expect this trend to continue as companies attempt to strengthen or maintain their market positions in an evolving industry and as companies enter into partnerships or are acquired. Many of the companies driving this consolidation trend have significantly greater financial, technical and other resources than we do and are better positioned to acquire and offer complementary products and technologies. The companies resulting from these possible consolidations may create more compelling product offerings and be able to offer greater pricing flexibility, making it more difficult for us to compete effectively, including on the basis of price, sales and marketing programs, technology or product functionality. Continued industry consolidation may adversely impact customers’ perceptions of the viability of smaller and even medium-sized technology companies and, consequently, customers’ willingness to purchase from such companies. These pressures could materially adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.


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Our business, operating results and growth rates may be adversely affected by unfavorable economic and market conditions, as well as the volatile geopolitical environment.
 
Our business depends on the overall demand for information technology (“IT”) and on the economic health of our current and prospective customers. Our current business and operating plan assumes that economic activity in general, and IT spending in particular, will at least remain at close to current levels. However, we cannot be assured of the level of IT spending, the deterioration of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and growth rates. The purchase of our products in some vertical markets may be discretionary and may involve a significant commitment of capital and other resources. Therefore, weak economic conditions, or a reduction in IT spending, even if economic conditions improve, would likely adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition in a number of ways, including longer sales cycles, lower prices for our products and services, and reduced unit sales. For example, the recent financial services crisis in the United States and other current negative macroeconomic indicators, such as the predictions of a possible recession in the United States or other economic downturns in global markets, could adversely affect our business. In addition, if interest rates rise, overall demand for our products and services could be further dampened and related IT spending may be reduced.
 
We depend upon the development of new products and enhancements to our existing products. If we fail to predict and respond to emerging technological trends and our customers’ changing needs, we may not be able to remain competitive.
 
We may not be able to anticipate future market needs or be able to develop new products or product enhancements to meet such needs. For example, we anticipate a need to continue to increase the mobility of our solution and certain customers have delayed, and may in the future delay, purchases of our products until either new versions of those products are available or the customer evaluations are completed. If we fail to develop new products or product enhancements, our business could be adversely affected, especially if our competitors are able to introduce solutions with such increased functionality. In addition, as new mobile applications are introduced, our success may depend on our ability to provide a solution that supports these applications.
 
We are active in the research and development of new products and technologies and enhancing our current products. However, research and development in the enterprise mobility industry is complex and filled with uncertainty. If we expend a significant amount of resources on research and development and our efforts do not lead to the successful introduction of products that are competitive in the marketplace, there could be a material adverse effect on our business, operating results, financial condition and market share. In addition, it is common for research and development projects to encounter delays due to unforeseen problems, resulting in low initial volume production, fewer product features than originally considered desirable and higher production costs than initially budgeted, which may result in lost market opportunities. In addition, any new products or product enhancements that we introduce may not achieve any significant degree of market acceptance or be accepted into our sales channel by our channel partners. There could be a material adverse effect on our business, operating results, financial condition and market share due to such delays or deficiencies in the development, manufacturing and delivery of new products.
 
Once a product is in the marketplace, its selling price often decreases over the life of the product, especially after a new competitive product is publicly announced. To lessen the effect of price decreases, our product management team attempts to reduce development and manufacturing costs in order to maintain or improve our margins. However, if cost reductions do not occur in a timely manner, there could be a material adverse effect on our operating results and market share.
 
We manufacture our products to comply with standards established by various standards bodies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (“IEEE”). If we are not able to adapt to new or changing standards that are ratified by these bodies, our ability to sell our products may be adversely affected. For example, we have developed and are currently offering for sale products that comply with the draft 802.11n wireless LAN standard (“11n”) that IEEE has not yet ratified. If IEEE fails to ratify the 11n standard, or materially modifies the current draft of the 11n standard, we likely would have to modify our products to comply with the final 11n standard, which would require additional time and expense and could cause a disruption in our ability to market and sell the affected products.


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As a result of the fact that we outsource the manufacturing of our products to Flextronics, we do not have the ability to ensure quality control over the manufacturing process. Furthermore, if there are significant changes in the financial or business condition of Flextronics, our ability to supply quality products to our customers may be disrupted.
 
As a result of the fact that we outsource the manufacturing of our products to Flextronics, we are subject to the risk of supplier failure and customer dissatisfaction with the quality or performance of our products. Quality or performance failures of our products or changes in Flextronics’s financial or business condition could disrupt our ability to supply quality products to our customers and thereby have a material adverse effect on our business, revenues and financial condition.
 
Our orders with Flextronics represent a relatively small percentage of the overall orders received by Flextronics from its customers. As a result, fulfilling our orders may not be considered a priority in the event Flextronics is constrained in its ability to fulfill all of its customer obligations in a timely manner. We provide demand forecasts to Flextronics. If we overestimate our requirements, Flextronics may assess charges, or we may have liabilities for excess inventory, each of which could negatively affect our gross margins. Conversely, because lead times for required materials and components vary significantly and depend on factors such as the specific supplier, contract terms and the demand for each component at a given time, if we underestimate our requirements, Flextronics may have inadequate materials and components required to produce our products. This could result in an interruption of the manufacturing of our products, delays in shipments and deferral or loss of revenue. In addition, on occasion we have underestimated our requirements, and, as a result, we have been required to pay additional fees to Flextronics in order for manufacturing to be completed and shipments to be made on a timely basis.
 
If Flextronics suffers an interruption in its business, or experiences delays, disruptions or quality control problems in its manufacturing operations, or we have to change or add additional contract manufacturers, our ability to ship products to our customers would be delayed, and our business, operating results and financial condition would be adversely affected.
 
Flextronics purchases some components, subassemblies and products from a single supplier or a limited number of suppliers, and with respect to some of these suppliers, we have entered into license agreements that allow us to use their components in our products. The loss of any of these suppliers or the termination of any of these license agreements may cause us to incur additional set-up costs, result in delays in manufacturing and delivering our products, or cause us to carry excess or obsolete inventory.
 
Shortages in components that we use in our products are possible, and our ability to predict the availability of such components may be limited. While components and supplies are generally available from a variety of sources, we currently depend on a single or limited number of suppliers for several components for our equipment and certain subassemblies and products. We rely on Flextronics to obtain the components, subassemblies and products necessary for the manufacture of our products, including those components, subassemblies and products that are only available from a single supplier or a limited number of suppliers.
 
For example, our solution incorporates both software products and hardware products, including a series of high-performance programmable mobility controllers and a line of wired and wireless access points. The chipsets that Flextronics sources and incorporates in our hardware products are currently available only from a limited number of suppliers, with whom neither we nor Flextronics have entered into supply agreements. All of our access points incorporate components from Atheros Communications, Inc. (“Atheros”), and some of our mobility controllers incorporate components from Broadcom Corporation (“Broadcom”). We have entered into license agreements with both Atheros and Broadcom, the termination of which could have a material adverse effect on our business. Our license agreement with Atheros and Broadcom have perpetual terms in that they will automatically be renewed for successive one-year periods unless the agreement is terminated prior to the end of the then-current term. As there are no other sources for identical components, in the event that Flextronics is unable to obtain these components from Atheros or Broadcom, we would be required to redesign our hardware and software in order to incorporate components from alternative sources. All of our product revenues are dependent upon the sale of products that incorporate components from either Atheros or Broadcom.


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In addition, for certain components, subassemblies and products for which there are multiple sources, we are still subject to potential price increases and limited availability due to market demand for such components, subassemblies and products. In the past, unexpected demand for communication products caused worldwide shortages of certain electronic parts. If such shortages occur in the future, our business would be adversely affected. We carry very little inventory of our product components, and we and Flextronics rely on our suppliers to deliver necessary components in a timely manner. We and Flextronics rely on purchase orders rather than long-term contracts with these suppliers. As a result, even if available, we or Flextronics may not be able to secure sufficient components at reasonable prices or of acceptable quality to build products in a timely manner and, therefore, may not be able to meet customer demands for our products, which would have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
We sell a majority of our products through VADs, VARs, and OEMs. If the third-party distribution sources on which we rely do not perform their services adequately or efficiently or if they exit the industry, and we are not able to quickly find adequate replacements, there could be a material adverse effect on our revenues.
 
Our future success is highly dependent upon establishing and maintaining successful relationships with a variety of VADs, VARs, and OEMs, which we refer to as our indirect channel. Recently we’ve dedicated a significant amount of effort to establish and maintain a two-tier distribution model in the Americas. The percentage of our total revenues derived from sales through our indirect channel were 80.5%, 82.8%, and 79.2% for fiscal years 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively. We expect that over time, indirect channel sales will continue to constitute a substantial majority of our total revenues. Accordingly, our revenues depend in large part on the effective performance of our channel partners, including our largest channel partner, Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent accounted for 11.1%, 12.5%, and 15.6% of our total revenues for fiscal years 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively. Our OEM supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent provides that Alcatel-Lucent shall use reasonable commercial efforts to sell our products on a perpetual basis unless the agreement is otherwise terminated by either party. In addition, this OEM supply agreement restricts our ability to enter into channel partner relationships with other specified VADs, VARs, and OEMs without obtaining Alcatel-Lucent’s consent. Finally, the OEM supply agreement contains a “most-favored nations” clause, pursuant to which we agreed to lower the price at which we sell products to Alcatel-Lucent in the event that we agree to sell the same or similar products at a lower price to a similar customer on the same or similar terms and conditions. However, the specific terms of this “most-favored nations” clause are narrow and specific, and we have not to date incurred any obligations related to this term in the OEM supply agreement.
 
Some of our third-party distribution sources may have insufficient financial resources and may not be able to withstand changes in worldwide business conditions, including economic downturns, abide by our inventory and credit requirements, or have the ability meet their financial obligations to us. If the third-party distribution sources on which we rely do not perform their services adequately or efficiently, or if they exit the industry and we are not able to quickly find adequate replacements, there could be a material adverse effect on our revenues and market share. By relying on these indirect channels, we may have less contact with the end users of our products, thereby making it more difficult for us to establish brand awareness, ensure proper delivery and installation of our products, service ongoing customer requirements and respond to evolving customer needs. In addition, our channel partners may receive pricing terms that allow for volume discounts off of list prices for the products they purchase from us, which reduce our margins to the extent revenues from such channel partners increase as a proportion of our overall revenues.
 
Recruiting and retaining qualified channel partners and training them in our technology and product offerings requires significant time and resources. In order to develop and expand our distribution channel, we must continue to scale and improve our processes and procedures that support our channel partners, including investment in systems and training, and those processes and procedures may become increasingly complex and difficult to manage. We have no minimum purchase commitments with any of our VADs, VARs, or OEMs, and our contracts with these channel partners do not prohibit them from offering products or services that compete with ours or from terminating our contract on short notice. Our competitors may be effective in providing incentives to existing and potential channel partners to favor their products or to prevent or reduce sales of our products. Our channel partners may choose not to focus primarily on the sale of our products or offer our products at all. Our failure to establish and


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maintain successful relationships with third-party distribution sources would likely materially adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
Our international sales and operations subject us to additional risks that may adversely affect our operating results.
 
We derive a significant portion of our revenues from customers outside the United States. We have sales and technical support personnel in numerous countries worldwide. In addition, a portion of our engineering efforts are currently handled by personnel located in India, and we expect to expand our offshore development efforts and general and administrative functions within India and possibly in other countries. We expect to continue to add personnel in additional countries. For example, we recently hired a new head of our Europe, Middle East and Asia operations. Our international operations subject us to a variety of risks, including:
 
  •  the difficulty of managing and staffing international offices and the increased travel, infrastructure and legal compliance costs associated with multiple international locations;
 
  •  difficulties in enforcing contracts and collecting accounts receivable, and longer payment cycles, especially in emerging markets;
 
  •  the need to localize our products for international customers;
 
  •  tariffs and trade barriers, export regulations and other regulatory or contractual limitations on our ability to sell or develop our products in certain foreign markets;
 
  •  increased exposure to foreign currency exchange rate risk;
 
  •  reduced protection for intellectual property rights in some countries; and
 
  •  increased cost of terminating international employees in some countries.
 
As we continue to expand our business globally, our success will depend, in large part, on our ability to anticipate and effectively manage these and other risks associated with our international operations. Our failure to manage any of these risks successfully could harm our international operations and reduce our international sales, adversely affecting our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
If we are unable to protect our intellectual property rights, our competitive position could be harmed or we could be required to incur significant expenses to enforce our rights.
 
We depend on our ability to protect our proprietary technology. We protect our proprietary information and technology through licensing agreements, third-party nondisclosure agreements and other contractual provisions, as well as through patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws in the United States and similar laws in other countries. There can be no assurance that these protections will be available in all cases or will be adequate to prevent our competitors from copying, reverse engineering or otherwise obtaining and using our technology, proprietary rights or products. For example, the laws of certain countries in which our products are manufactured or licensed do not protect our proprietary rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States. In addition, third parties may seek to challenge, invalidate or circumvent our patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, or applications for any of the foregoing. There can be no assurance that our competitors will not independently develop technologies that are substantially equivalent or superior to our technology or design around our proprietary rights. In each case, our ability to compete could be significantly impaired. To prevent substantial unauthorized use of our intellectual property rights, it may be necessary to prosecute actions for infringement and/or misappropriation of our proprietary rights against third parties. Any such action could result in significant costs and diversion of our resources and management’s attention, and there can be no assurance that we will be successful in such action. Furthermore, many of our current and potential competitors have the ability to dedicate substantially greater resources to enforce their intellectual property rights than we do. Accordingly, despite our efforts, we may not be able to prevent third parties from infringing upon or misappropriating our intellectual property.


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We are currently subject to a lawsuit involving intellectual property claims brought by Symbol Technologies, Inc. and Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., both Motorola subsidiaries, which could cause us to incur significant additional costs or prevent us from selling our products which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.
 
On August 27, 2007, Symbol Technologies, Inc. and Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., both Motorola subsidiaries, filed suit against us in the Federal District Court of Delaware alleging patent infringement. Although we intend to vigorously defend against these claims, intellectual property litigation is expensive and time-consuming, regardless of the merits of any claim, and could divert our management’s attention from operating our business. Our legal costs may increase as the case develops and we near a trial date. The results of, and costs associated with, complex litigation matters are difficult to predict, and the uncertainty associated with a substantial unresolved lawsuit could harm our business, financial condition and reputation. Negative developments with respect to this lawsuit could cause our stock price to decline, and could have an adverse and possibly material effect on our business and results of operations.
 
Claims by others that we infringe their proprietary technology could harm our business.
 
Third parties have asserted and may in the future assert claims of infringement of intellectual property rights against us or against our customers or channel partners for which we may be liable. Due to the rapid pace of technological change in our industry, much of our business and many of our products rely on proprietary technologies of third parties, and we may not be able to obtain, or continue to obtain, licenses from such third parties on reasonable terms. As our business expands and the number of products and competitors in our market increases and overlaps occur, we expect that infringement claims may increase in number and significance. Intellectual property lawsuits are subject to inherent uncertainties due to the complexity of the technical issues involved, and we cannot be certain that we will be successful in defending ourselves against intellectual property claims. Furthermore, a successful claimant could secure a judgment that requires us to pay substantial damages or prevents us from distributing certain products or performing certain services. In addition, we might be required to seek a license for the use of such intellectual property, which may not be available on commercially acceptable terms or at all. Alternatively, we may be required to develop non-infringing technology, which could require significant effort and expense and may ultimately not be successful. Any claims or proceedings against us, whether meritorious or not, could be time consuming, result in costly litigation, require significant amounts of management time, result in the diversion of significant operational resources, or require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements.
 
We may engage in future acquisitions that could disrupt our business, cause dilution to our stockholders and harm our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
In July 2007, we acquired Network Chemistry, Inc.’s line of RFProtect and BlueScanner wireless security products. We continue to integrate the acquired products into our secure mobility solutions, as well as provide products and continuing support to existing Network Chemistry customers and partners. We also recently completed our acquisition of AirWave Wireless, Inc. We are currently integrating the newly acquired AirWave products into our secure mobility solutions, as well as providing products and continuing support to existing AirWave customers and partners. The acquisition of AirWave is our first significant acquisition, and, as a result, our ability as an organization to complete and integrate acquisitions is unproven. In the future we may acquire other businesses, products or technologies. However, we may not be able to find suitable acquisition candidates, and we may not be able to complete acquisitions on favorable terms, if at all. If we do complete acquisitions, we may not ultimately strengthen our competitive position or achieve our goals, or such acquisitions may be viewed negatively by customers, financial markets or investors. In addition, any acquisitions that we make could lead to difficulties in integrating personnel and operations from the acquired businesses and in retaining and motivating key personnel from these businesses. Acquisitions may disrupt our ongoing operations, divert management from day-to-day responsibilities, increase our expenses and adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition. Future acquisitions may reduce our cash available for operations and other uses and could result in an increase in amortization expense related to identifiable assets acquired, potentially dilutive issuances of equity securities or the incurrence of debt, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.


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Impairment of our goodwill or other assets would negatively affect our results of operations.
 
We recently acquired AirWave Wireless Inc., which resulted in goodwill of $7.7 million. Together with our purchase of certain assets of Network Chemistry, Inc., we have purchased intangible assets of $19.0 million as of July 31, 2008. This represents a significant portion of the assets recorded on our balance sheet. Goodwill is reviewed for impairment at least annually or sooner under certain circumstances. Other intangible assets that are deemed to have finite useful lives will continue to be amortized over their useful lives but must be reviewed for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of these assets may not be recoverable. Screening for and assessing whether impairment indicators exist, or if events or changes in circumstances have occurred, including market conditions, operating fundamentals, competition and general economic conditions, requires significant judgment. Therefore, we cannot assure you that a charge to operations will not occur as a result of future goodwill and intangible asset impairment tests. If impairment is deemed to exist, we would write down the recorded value of these intangible assets to their fair values. If and when these write-downs do occur, they could harm our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
 
If we lose members of our senior management or are unable to recruit and retain key employees on a cost-effective basis, we may not be able to successfully grow our business.
 
Our success is substantially dependent upon the performance of our senior management. All of our executive officers are at-will employees, and we do not maintain any key-man life insurance policies. The loss of the services of any members of our management team may significantly delay or prevent the achievement of our product development and other business objectives and could harm our business. Our success also is substantially dependent upon our ability to attract additional personnel for all areas of our organization, particularly in our sales, research and development, and customer service departments. For example, unless and until we hire a Vice President of Worldwide Sales, our Chief Executive Officer will fill this role in addition to his other responsibilities. Experienced management and technical, sales, marketing and support personnel in the IT industry are in high demand, and competition for their talents is intense. We may not be successful in attracting and retaining such personnel on a timely basis, on competitive terms, or at all. The loss of, or the inability to recruit, such employees could have a material adverse effect on our business.
 
If we fail to manage future growth effectively, our business would be harmed.
 
We have expanded our operations significantly since inception and anticipate that further significant expansion will be required. We intend to increase our market penetration and extend our geographic reach by expanding our network of channel partners by adding additional sales personnel who will be dedicated to supporting this growing channel footprint. We also plan to increase offshore operations by establishing additional offshore capabilities for certain engineering and general and administrative functions. This future growth, if it occurs, will place significant demands on our management, infrastructure and other resources. To manage any future growth, we will need to hire, integrate and retain highly skilled and motivated employees. If we do not effectively manage our growth, our business, operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected.
 
To accommodate the growth of our business, we began an implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) system in July 2007. We expect to complete the implementation in November 2008. Accordingly, we may experience problems commonly experienced by other companies in connection with such implementations, including but not limited to, potential bugs in the system, component or supply delays, training requirements and other integration challenges and delays. Any difficulties we might experience in connection with our new ERP system could have a material adverse effect on our financial reporting system and internal controls.
 
Our ability to sell our products is highly dependent on the quality of our support and services offerings, and our failure to offer high quality support and services would have a material adverse effect on our sales and results of operations.
 
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succeed in helping our end customers quickly resolve post-deployment issues, or provide effective ongoing support, it would adversely affect our ability to sell our products to existing customers and could harm our reputation with potential customers. In addition, as we expand our operations internationally, our support organization will face additional challenges including those associated with delivering support, training and documentation in languages other than English. As a result, our failure, or the failure of our channel partners, to maintain high quality support and services would have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
Enterprises are increasingly concerned with the security of their data, and to the extent they elect to encrypt data between the end-user and the server, our products will become less effective.
 
Our products depend on the ability to identify applications. Our products currently do not identify applications if the data is encrypted as it passes through our Mobility Controllers. Since most organizations currently encrypt most of their data transmissions only between sites and not on the LAN, the data is not encrypted when it passes through our Mobility Controllers. If more organizations elect to encrypt their data transmissions from the end-user to the server, our products will offer limited benefits unless we have been successful in incorporating additional functionality into our products that address those encrypted transmissions. At the same time, if our products do not provide the level of network security expected by our customers, our reputation and brand would be damaged, and we would expect to experience decreased sales. Our failure to provide such additional functionality and expected level of network security could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
Our products are highly technical and may contain undetected hardware errors or software bugs, which could cause harm to our reputation and adversely affect our business.
 
Our products are highly technical and complex and, when deployed, are critical to the operation of many networks. Our products have contained and may contain undetected errors, and/or bugs or security vulnerabilities. Some errors in our products may only be discovered after a product has been installed and used by customers. For example, a software bug was identified in January 2007 that affected certain versions of the Aruba Mobility Controller, in response to which we alerted our customers and released a patch to address the issue. Any errors, bugs, defects or security vulnerabilities discovered in our products after commercial release could result in loss of revenues or delay in revenue recognition, loss of customers, damage to our brand and reputation, and increased service and warranty cost, any of which could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition. In addition, we could face claims for product liability, tort or breach of warranty, including claims relating to changes to our products made by our channel partners. Our contracts with customers contain provisions relating to warranty disclaimers and liability limitations, which may not be upheld. Defending a lawsuit, regardless of its merit, is costly and may divert management’s attention and adversely affect the market’s perception of us and our products. In addition, if our business liability insurance coverage proves inadequate or future coverage is unavailable on acceptable terms or at all, our business, operating results and financial condition could be adversely impacted.
 
Our use of open source software could impose limitations on our ability to commercialize our products.
 
We incorporate open source software into our products. Although we monitor our use of open source closely, the terms of many open source licenses have not been interpreted by U.S. courts, and there is a risk that such licenses could be construed in a manner that could impose unanticipated conditions or restrictions on our ability to commercialize our products. In such event, we could be required to seek licenses from third parties in order to continue offering our products, to re-engineer our products or to discontinue the sale of our products in the event re-engineering cannot be accomplished on a timely basis, any of which could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
We rely on the availability of third-party licenses.
 
Many of our products are designed to include software or other intellectual property licensed from third parties. It may be necessary in the future to seek or renew licenses relating to various aspects of these products. There can be no assurance that the necessary licenses would be available on acceptable terms, if at all. The inability to obtain certain licenses or other rights or to obtain such licenses or rights on favorable terms, or the need to engage in litigation regarding these matters, could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results, and


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financial condition. Moreover, the inclusion in our products of software or other intellectual property licensed from third parties on a nonexclusive basis could limit our ability to protect our proprietary rights in our products.
 
Enterprises may have slow WAN connections between some of their locations that may cause our products to become less effective.
 
Our Mobility Controllers and Mobility Management System were initially designed to function at LAN-like speeds in an office building or campus environment. In order to function appropriately, our Mobility Controllers synchronize with each other over network links. The ability of our products to synchronize may be limited by slow or congested data-links, including DSL and dial-up. Our failure to provide such additional functionality could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
 
New safety regulations or changes in existing safety regulations related to our products may result in unanticipated costs or liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and future sales, and could place additional burdens on the operations of our business.
 
Radio emissions are subject to regulation in the United States and in other countries in which we do business. In the United States, various federal agencies including the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and various state agencies have promulgated regulations that concern the use of radio/electromagnetic emissions standards. Member countries of the European Union (“EU”) have enacted similar standards concerning electrical safety and electromagnetic compatibility and emissions standards.
 
If any of our products becomes subject to new regulations or if any of our products becomes specifically regulated by additional government entities, compliance with such regulations could become more burdensome, and there could be a material adverse effect on our business and our results of operations.
 
In addition, our wireless communication products operate through the transmission of radio signals. Currently, operation of these products in specified frequency bands does not require licensing by regulatory authorities. Regulatory changes restricting the use of frequency bands or allocating available frequencies could become more burdensome and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and future sales.
 
Compliance with environmental matters and worker health and safety laws could be costly, and noncompliance with these laws could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, expenses and financial condition.
 
Some of our operations use substances regulated under various federal, state, local and international laws governing the environment and worker health and safety, including those governing the discharge of pollutants into the ground, air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, and the cleanup of contaminated sites. Some of our products are subject to various federal, state, local and international laws governing chemical substances in electronic products. We could be subject to increased costs, fines, civil or criminal sanctions, third-party property damage or personal injury claims if we violate or become liable under environmental and/or worker health and safety laws.
 
In January 2003, the EU issued two directives relating to chemical substances in electronic products. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive requires producers of electrical goods to pay for specified collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of past and future covered products. EU governments were required to enact and implement legislation that complies with this directive by August 13, 2004 (such legislation together with the directive, the “WEEE Legislation”), and certain producers are financially responsible under the WEEE Legislation beginning in August 2005. The EU has issued another directive that requires electrical and electronic equipment placed on the EU market after July 1, 2006 to be free of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium (above a threshold limit) and brominated flame retardants. EU governments were required to enact and implement legislation that complies with this directive by August 13, 2004 (such legislation together with this directive, the “RoHS Legislation”). If we do not comply with these directives or related legislation, we may suffer a loss of revenues, be unable to sell our products in certain markets and/or countries, be subject to penalties and enforced fees and/or suffer a competitive disadvantage. Similar legislation could be enacted in other jurisdictions, including in the


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United States. Costs to comply with the WEEE Legislation, RoHS Legislation and/or similar future legislation, if applicable, could include costs associated with modifying our products, recycling and other waste processing costs, legal and regulatory costs and insurance costs. We have recorded and may also be required to record additional expenses for costs associated with compliance with these regulations. We cannot assure you that the costs to comply with these new laws, or with current and future environmental and worker health and safety laws will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operation, expenses and financial condition.
 
We are subject to governmental export and import controls that could subject us to liability or impair our ability to compete in international markets.
 
Because we incorporate encryption technology into our products, our products are subject to U.S. export controls and may be exported outside the United States only with the required level of export license or through an export license exception. In addition, various countries regulate the import of certain encryption technology and have enacted laws that could limit our ability to distribute our products or could limit our customers’ ability to implement our products in those countries. Changes in our products or changes in export and import regulations may create delays in the introduction of our products in international markets, prevent our customers with international operations from deploying our products throughout their global systems or, in some cases, prevent the export or import of our products to certain countries altogether. Any change in export or import regulations or related legislation, shift in approach to the enforcement or scope of existing regulations, or change in the countries, persons or technologies targeted by such regulations, could result in decreased use of our products by, or in our decreased ability to export or sell our products to, existing or potential customers with international operations.
 
Our business is subject to the risks of earthquakes, fire, floods and other natural catastrophic events, and to interruption by manmade problems such as computer viruses or terrorism.
 
Our corporate headquarters are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for seismic activity. A significant natural disaster, such as an earthquake, fire or a flood, occurring at our headquarters or in China, where our contract manufacturer, Flextronics, is located, could have a material adverse impact on our business, operating results and financial condition. In addition, our servers are vulnerable to computer viruses, break-ins and similar disruptions from unauthorized tampering with our computer systems. In addition, acts of terrorism could cause disruptions in our or our customers’ businesses or the economy as a whole. To the extent that such disruptions result in delays or cancellations of customer orders, or the deployment of our products, our business, operating results and financial condition would be adversely affected.
 
Risks Related to Ownership of our Common Stock
 
Our stock price may be volatile.
 
The trading price of our common stock has been and may continue to be volatile and could be subject to wide fluctuations in response to various factors, some of which are beyond our control. Factors that could affect the trading price of our common stock could include:
 
  •  variations in our operating results;
 
  •  announcements of technological innovations, new products or product enhancements, strategic alliances or significant agreements by us or by our competitors;
 
  •  the gain or loss of significant customers;
 
  •  recruitment or departure of key personnel;
 
  •  changes in estimates of our operating results or changes in recommendations by any securities analysts who follow our common stock;
 
  •  significant sales, or announcement of significant sales, of our common stock by us or our stockholders; and
 
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In addition, the stock market in general, and the market for technology companies in particular, has experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies. Broad market and industry factors may seriously affect the market price of our common stock, regardless of our actual operating performance. In addition, in the past, following periods of volatility in the overall market and the market price of a particular company’s securities, securities class action litigation has often been instituted against these companies. This litigation, if instituted against us, could result in substantial costs and a diversion of our management’s attention and resources.
 
If securities or industry analysts do not publish research or reports about our business, or if they issue an adverse or misleading opinion regarding our stock, our stock price and trading volume could decline.
 
The trading market for our common stock will be influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts publish about us or our business. If any of the analysts who cover us issue an adverse or misleading opinion regarding our stock, our stock price would likely decline. If one or more of these analysts cease coverage of our company or fail to publish reports on us regularly, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause our stock price or trading volume to decline.
 
Insiders have substantial control over us and will be able to influence corporate matters.
 
As of July 31, 2008, our directors and executive officers and their affiliates beneficially owned, in the aggregate, approximately 36.7% of our outstanding common stock. As a result, these stockholders will be able to exercise significant influence over all matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions, such as a merger or other sale of our company or its assets. This concentration of ownership could limit stockholders’ ability to influence corporate matters and may have the effect of delaying or preventing a third party from acquiring control over us.
 
We may choose to raise additional capital. Such capital may not be available, or may be available on unfavorable terms, which would adversely affect our ability to operate our business.
 
We expect that our existing cash balances will be sufficient to meet our working capital and capital expenditure needs for the foreseeable future. If we choose to raise additional funds, due to unforeseen circumstances or material expenditures, we cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain additional financing on favorable terms, if at all, and any additional financings could result in additional dilution to our existing stockholders.
 
Provisions in our charter documents, Delaware law, employment arrangements with certain of our executive officers, and our OEM supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent could discourage a takeover that stockholders may consider favorable.
 
Provisions in our certificate of incorporation and bylaws may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control or changes in our management. These provisions include the following:
 
  •  our board of directors has the right to elect directors to fill a vacancy created by the expansion of the board of directors or the resignation, death or removal of a director, which prevents stockholders from being able to fill vacancies on our board of directors;
 
  •  our stockholders may not act by written consent or call special stockholders’ meetings; as a result, a holder, or holders, controlling a majority of our capital stock would not be able to take certain actions other than at annual stockholders’ meetings or special stockholders’ meetings called by the board of directors, the chairman of the board, the chief executive officer or the president;
 
  •  our certificate of incorporation prohibits cumulative voting in the election of directors, which limits the ability of minority stockholders to elect director candidates;
 
  •  stockholders must provide advance notice to nominate individuals for election to the board of directors or to propose matters that can be acted upon at a stockholders’ meeting, which may discourage or deter a potential acquiror from conducting a solicitation of proxies to elect the acquiror’s own slate of directors or otherwise attempting to obtain control of our company; and


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  •  our board of directors may issue, without stockholder approval, shares of undesignated preferred stock; the ability to issue undesignated preferred stock makes it possible for our board of directors to issue preferred stock with voting or other rights or preferences that could impede the success of any attempt to acquire us.
 
As a Delaware corporation, we are also subject to certain Delaware anti-takeover provisions. Under Delaware law, a corporation may not engage in a business combination with any holder of 15% or more of its capital stock unless the holder has held the stock for three years or, among other things, the board of directors has approved the transaction. Our board of directors could rely on Delaware law to prevent or delay an acquisition of us.
 
Certain of our executive officers may be entitled to accelerated vesting of their options pursuant to the terms of their employment arrangements upon a change of control of Aruba. In addition to the arrangements currently in place with some of our executive officers, we may enter into similar arrangements in the future with other officers. Such arrangements could delay or discourage a potential acquisition of the Company.
 
In addition, our OEM supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent provides that, in the event of a change of control that would cause Alcatel-Lucent to purchase our products from an entity that is an Alcatel-Lucent competitor, we must, without additional consideration, (1) provide Alcatel-Lucent with any information required by Alcatel-Lucent to make, test and support the products that we distribute through our OEM relationship with Alcatel-Lucent, including all hardware designs and software source code, and (2) otherwise cooperate with Alcatel-Lucent to transition the manufacturing, testing and support of these products to Alcatel-Lucent. We are also obligated to promptly inform Alcatel-Lucent if and when we receive an inquiry concerning a bona fide proposal or offer to effect a change of control and will not enter into negotiations concerning a change of control without such prior notice to Alcatel-Lucent. Each of these provisions could delay or result in a discount to the proceeds our stockholders would otherwise receive upon a change of control or could discourage a third party from making a change of control offer.
 
We have incurred and will continue to incur significant increased costs as a result of operating as a public company, and our management will be required to devote substantial time to new compliance initiatives.
 
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as rules subsequently implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nasdaq Stock Market, have imposed various new requirements on public companies, including requiring changes in corporate governance practices. Our management and other personnel devote a substantial amount of time to these new compliance initiatives. Moreover, these rules and regulations have increased our legal and financial compliance costs and will make some activities more time-consuming and costly. For example, we expect these new rules and regulations to make it more difficult and more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance, and we may be required to accept reduced policy limits and coverage or incur substantial costs to maintain the same or similar coverage. These rules and regulations could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on our board of directors, our board committees or as executive officers.
 
In addition, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires us to furnish a report by our management on our internal control over financial reporting. Such report contains, among other matters, an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of the end of our fiscal year, including a statement as to whether or not our internal control over financial reporting is effective. This assessment must include disclosure of any material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting identified by management. While we were able to assert in this Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31 2008, that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of July 31, 2008, we must continue to monitor and assess our internal control over financial reporting. If we are unable to assert in any future reporting period that our internal control over financial reporting is effective (or if our independent registered public accounting firm is unable to express an opinion on the effectiveness of our internal controls), we could lose investor confidence in the accuracy and completeness of our financial reports, which would have an adverse effect on our stock price.
 
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ITEM 2.   PROPERTIES
 
We have approximately 152,000 square feet of office space in Sunnyvale, California pursuant to two leases that expire in August and November 2010. We also lease approximately 43,500 square feet of warehouse space in Sunnyvale, California pursuant to a lease that expires in September 2010. We also maintain customer service centers, sales offices and research and development facilities in multiple locations worldwide. See Note 14 of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding our lease obligations.
 
We believe that our current facilities are suitable and adequate to meet our current needs.
 
ITEM 3.   LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
 
On August 27, 2007, Symbol Technologies, Inc. and Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., both subsidiaries of Motorola, Inc., filed suit against us in the Federal District Court of Delaware asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,173,922; 7,173,923; 6,625,454; and 6,973,622. We filed our response on October 17, 2007, denying the allegations and asserting counterclaims. The complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages and injunctive relief. On September 8, 2008, we filed an amended answer and counterclaims, asserting infringement of Aruba’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,295,524 and 7,376,113 against Motorola, Inc. as well as its subsidiaries, Symbol Technologies, Inc. and Wireless Valley Communications, Inc. The counterclaims seek unspecified monetary damages and injunctive relief. Although we intend to vigorously defend against these claims, intellectual property litigation is expensive and time-consuming, regardless of the merits of any claim, and could divert our management’s attention from operating our business. Because of the inherent uncertainties of litigation the outcome of this action could be unfavorable. At this time, we are unable to estimate the potential financial impact this action could have on us.
 
We could become involved in additional litigation from time to time relating to claims arising out of our ordinary course of business. Other than described above, there were no claims as of July 31, 2008 that, in the opinion of management, might have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
ITEM 4.   SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS
 
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PART II
 
ITEM 5.   MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER REPURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
 
Our common stock has been listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “ARUN” since our initial public offering in March 2007. The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the high and low intra-day prices for our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Market.
 
                 
    High     Low  
 
2007
               
Third Quarter (beginning March 27, 2007)
  $ 14.67     $ 13.50  
Fourth Quarter
  $ 23.78     $ 13.47  
2008
               
First Quarter
  $ 21.05     $ 15.67  
Second Quarter
  $ 18.70     $ 9.03  
Third Quarter
  $ 10.96     $ 4.69  
Fourth Quarter
  $ 7.00     $ 4.29  
 
As of September 30, 2008, the number of stockholders of record of our common stock was 244.
 
The equity compensation plan information required by this item, which includes a summary of the number of outstanding options granted to employees and directors, as well as the number of securities remaining available for future issuances, under our compensation plans as of July 31, 2008, is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year ended July 31, 2008.


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The following graph compares, for the period between March 20, 2007 (the date of our initial public offering) and July 31, 2008, the cumulative total stockholder return for our common stock, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Nasdaq Computer Index. The graph assumes that $100 was invested on March 27, 2007 in our common stock, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Nasaq Computer Index and assumes reinvestment of any dividends. The stock price performance on the following graph is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance. This performance graph shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference into any of our filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
 
COMPARISON OF 16 MONTH CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among Aruba Networks Inc, The NASDAQ Composite Index
And The NASDAQ Computer Index
 
(PERFORMANCE LOGO)
 
$100 invested on 3/27/07 in stock or 2/28/07 in index-including reinvestment of dividends.
Fiscal year ending July 31.
 
Use of Proceeds from Public Offering of Common Stock
 
On March 26, 2007, our registration statements (Nos. 333-139419 and 333-141592) on Form S-1 were declared effective for our initial public offering, pursuant to which we registered the offering and sale of an aggregate of 9,200,000 shares of common stock, including the underwriters’ over-allotment option, at a public offering price of $11.00 per share. The offering, which closed on March 30, 2007, did not terminate until after the sale of all of the shares registered on the registration statement. The managing underwriters were Goldman, Sachs & Co., Lehman Brothers Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets Corporation.
 
As a result of the offering, we received net proceeds of approximately $91.8 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of $7.1 million and additional offering-related expenses of approximately $2.3 million. No payments for such expenses were made directly or indirectly to (i) any of our officers or directors or their associates, (ii) any persons owning 10% or more of any class of our equity securities, or (iii) any of our affiliates. We anticipate that we will use the net proceeds from the IPO for general corporate purposes, which may include expansion of our domestic and international sales and marketing organizations, investments in our infrastructure to support our growth, further development and expansion of our service offerings and possible acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies or other assets. Pending such uses, we plan to invest the net


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proceeds in short-term investments. There has been no material change in the planned use of proceeds from our IPO from that described in the final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b).
 
Dividend Policy
 
We have never declared or paid any cash dividend on our capital stock. We currently intend to retain any future earnings and do not expect to pay any dividends in the foreseeable future.
 
Repurchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
 
                                 
                Total Number of
    Approximate Dollar Value
 
                Shares Purchased as
    of Shares That May
 
                Part of Publicly
    Yet be Purchased
 
    Total Number of
    Average Price
    Announced Plans or
    Under the Plans or
 
    Shares Purchased(1)(2)     Paid per Share     Programs(2)     Programs (in 000’s)  
 
May 1 - May 31, 2008
    11,875     $ 0.30           $  
June 1 - June 30, 2008
    93,600       5.27       93,600       7,858  
July 1 - July 31, 2008
    46,711       0.94              
                                 
Total
    152,186     $ 3.55       93,600     $ 7,858  
                                 
 
 
(1) The shares purchased in May and July 2008, represent unvested shares of common stock repurchased by us upon the termination of employment or service pursuant to the provisions of our 2002 Stock Plan.
 
(2) The shares purchased in June 2008, were under our stock repurchase program that was announced in February 2008 with an authorized level of $10.0 million, not to exceed $2.5 million per quarter. This program will expire in February 2010.


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ITEM 6.   SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
 
You should read the following selected consolidated historical financial data below in conjunction with the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the consolidated financial statements, related notes and schedule, and other financial information included in this Form 10-K. The selected consolidated financial data in this section is not intended to replace the consolidated financial statements and is qualified in its entirety by the consolidated financial statements and related notes and schedule included in this Form 10-K.
 
                                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  
    (In thousands)  
 
Consolidated Statements of Operations Data:
                                       
Revenues:
                                       
Product
  $ 148,550     $ 107,939     $ 43,171     $     $  
Professional services and support
    26,244       12,847       2,985              
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    3,466       6,713       26,347       12,043       1,147  
                                         
Total Revenues
    178,260       127,499       72,503       12,043       1,147  
Cost of revenues(1):
                                       
Product
    48,126       36,035       16,904              
Professional services and support
    7,761       4,863       2,409              
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    1,228       2,470       10,572       9,077       2,696  
                                         
Total cost of revenues
    57,115       43,368       29,885       9,077       2,696  
                                         
Gross profit (loss)
    121,145       84,131       42,618       2,966       (1,549 )
Operating expenses:
                                       
Research and development(1)
    37,393       25,654       14,130       9,353       6,982  
Sales and marketing(1)
    86,008       60,115       33,765       22,369       11,277  
General and administrative(1)
    17,740       14,600       5,963       3,576       2,531  
In-process research and development
          632                    
Acquisition related severance expense
    197                          
                                         
Total operating expenses
    141,338       101,001       53,858       35,298       20,790  
                                         
Operating loss
    (20,193 )     (16,870 )     (11,240 )     (32,332 )     (22,339 )
Other income (expense), net
    4,036       (7,137 )     (529 )     (147 )     (129 )
                                         
Loss before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (16,157 )     (24,007 )     (11,769 )     (32,479 )     (22,468 )
Provision for income taxes
    967       375       306       156       34  
                                         
Loss before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (17,124 )     (24,382 )     (12,075 )     (32,635 )     (22,502 )
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                66              
                                         
Net loss
  $ (17,124 )   $ (24,382 )   $ (12,009 )   $ (32,635 )   $ (22,502 )
                                         
Net loss per common share; basic and diluted
  $ (0.22 )   $ (0.70 )   $ (1.07 )   $ (4.66 )   $ (6.35 )
 
 
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    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  
    (In thousands)  
 
Cost of revenues
  $ 704     $ 327     $ 34     $ 23     $ 5  
Research and development
    6,200       2,925       259       179       42  
Sales and marketing
    8,953       4,362       749       678       272  
General and administrative
    3,421       5,103       213       194       71  
                                         
Total stock-based compensation
  $ 19,278     $ 12,717     $ 1,255     $ 1,074     $ 390  
                                         
 
                                         
    As of July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  
    (In thousands)  
 
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 37,602     $ 42,570     $ 9,263     $ 4,293     $ 27,390  
Short-term investments
    64,130       62,430             899       1,000  
Working capital (deficit)
    103,097       109,496       (10,472 )     (884 )     26,749  
Total assets
    188,801       152,133       38,017       30,337       38,273  
Equipment loans payable
                613       1,867       2,885  
Deposit for Series D redeemable convertible preferred stock
                19,329              
Redeemable convertible preferred stock
                58,009       58,009       56,310  
Common stock and additional paid-in-capital
    249,139       213,553       6,077       4,831       2,241  
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)
  $ 130,875     $ 112,487     $ (73,000 )   $ (62,459 )   $ (31,137 )
 
ITEM 7.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read together with our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report.
 
Overview
 
We securely deliver the enterprise network to users, wherever they work or roam, with user-centric networks that expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. User-centric networks integrate adaptive wireless local area networks (“WLANs”), application continuity services, and identity-based security into a cohesive, high-performance system that can be deployed as an overlay to existing enterprise networks. Adaptive WLANs deliver high-performance, follow-me connectivity so users are always connected. Application continuity services enable follow-me applications that can be seamlessly accessed across WLANs and cellular networks. Identity-based security associates access policies with users, not ports, to enable follow-me security that is enforced regardless of access method or location. The products we license and sell include the ArubaOS operating system, optional value-added software modules, a centralized mobility management system, high-performance programmable Mobility Controllers, wired and wireless access points, wireless intrusion detection tools, spectrum analyzers, and endpoint compliance solutions.
 
Our products have been sold to over 5,400 end customers worldwide (not including customers from Alcatel-Lucent), including some of the largest and most complex global organizations. We have now implemented a two-tier distribution model in most areas of the world, including the US, with value-added distributors (“VADs”) providing our portfolio of products, including a variety of our support services, to a diverse number of value-added resellers (“VARs”). Our focus continues to be management of our channel eco-system including selection and growth of high prospect partners, activation of our resellers through active training and field collaboration,

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evolution of our channel programs in consultation with our partners, and deriving full value from our VADs in the leverage they can provide.
 
Our ability to increase our product revenues will depend significantly on continued growth in the market for enterprise mobility solutions, continued acceptance of our products in the marketplace, our ability to continue to attract new customers, our ability to compete against more established companies as well as privately-held competitors, and our ability to continue to sell into our installed base of existing customers. Our growth in support revenues is dependent upon increasing the number of products under support contracts, which is dependent on both growing our installed base of customers and renewing existing support contracts. Our future profitability and rate of growth, if any, will be directly affected by the continued acceptance of our products in the marketplace, as well as the timing and size of orders, product and channel mix, average selling prices, costs of our products and general economic conditions. Our ability to attain profitability will also be affected by our ability to effectively implement and generate incremental business from our distribution model, most notably from our two-tier distribution model, and by the extent to which we invest in our sales and marketing, research and development, and general and administrative resources to grow our business, and general economic conditions.
 
On March 20, 2008, we completed our acquisition of AirWave Wireless, Inc. (“AirWave”) for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $24.6 million which included 1,518,774 shares of our common stock, valued at $7.9 million, and approximately $16.3 million in cash. AirWave designs and sells specialized software to centrally manage large, multi-vendor wireless local area networks (“LAN”), mesh, and WiMAX networks.
 
Revenues, Cost of Revenues and Operating Expenses
 
Revenues
 
We derive our revenues from sales of our ArubaOS operating system, controllers, wired and wireless access points, application software modules, multi-vendor management solution software, and professional services and support. Professional services revenues consist of consulting and training services. Consulting services primarily consist of installation support services. Training services are instructor led courses on the use of our products. Support revenues typically consist of software updates, on a when and if available basis, telephone and internet access to technical support personnel and hardware support. We provide customers with rights to unspecified software product upgrades and to maintenance releases and patches released during the term of the support period.
 
We only began recognizing product revenues upon delivery using the residual method for transactions in which all other revenue recognition criteria are met, in the three months ended January 31, 2006. As we have not been able to establish vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”) on our prior services and support offerings, all transactions prior to the three months ended January 31, 2006 continue to be recognized ratably over the support period. See “Critical Accounting Policies — Revenue Recognition.”
 
Our revenue growth has been driven primarily by an expansion of our customer base coupled with increased purchases from existing customers. We believe the market for our products has grown due to the increased demand of business enterprises to provide secure mobility to their users. Recently we have experienced longer sales cycles in certain vertical markets and seasonality in our second fiscal quarter, both of which have slowed our revenue growth.
 
Each quarter, our ability to meet our product revenue expectations is dependent upon (1) new orders received, shipped, and recognized in a given quarter, (2) the amount of orders booked but not shipped in the prior quarter, and (3) the amount of deferred revenue entering a given quarter. Our product deferred revenue is comprised of revenue associated with product orders that have shipped but where the terms of the agreement contain acceptance language or other terms that require that the revenue be deferred until all revenue recognition criteria are met, as well as those customer contracts that we entered into prior to our establishment of VSOE of fair value. We typically ship products within a reasonable time period after the receipt of an order and our ability to meet our forecasted product revenue is dependent on our ability to convert our sales pipeline into product revenues from orders received and shipped within the fiscal quarter.
 
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We sell our products to channel partners and end customers located in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Shipments to our channel partners that are located in the United States are classified as U.S. revenue regardless of the location of the end customer. We continue to expand into international locations and introduce our products in new markets, and we expect international revenues to increase in absolute dollars and as a percentage of total revenues in future periods. For more information about our international revenues, see Note 13 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
In 2005, we began to sell our products to Alcatel-Lucent, one of our OEMs, which, in turn, sells our products under its own brand name. Alcatel-Lucent accounted for 11.1%, 12.5% and 15.6% of our revenues for fiscal years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
 
Cost of Revenues
 
Cost of product revenues consists primarily of manufacturing costs for our products, shipping and logistics costs, and expenses for inventory obsolescence and warranty obligations. We utilize third parties to manufacture our products and perform shipping logistics. We have outsourced the substantial majority of our manufacturing, repair and supply chain operations. Accordingly, the substantial majority of our cost of revenues consists of payments to Flextronics, our contract manufacturer. Flextronics manufactures our products in China and Singapore using quality assurance programs and standards that we jointly established. Manufacturing, engineering and documentation controls are conducted at our facilities in Sunnyvale, California and Bangalore, India. Cost of product revenues also includes amortization expense from our purchased intangible assets.
 
Cost of professional services and support revenues is primarily comprised of the personnel costs of providing technical support, including personnel costs associated with our internal support organization. In addition, we employ a third-party support vendor to complement our internal support resources, the costs of which are included within costs of professional services and support revenues.
 
Gross Margin
 
Our gross margin has been, and will continue to be, affected by a variety of factors, including:
 
  •  the proportion of our products that are sold through direct versus indirect channels;
 
  •  new product introductions and enhancements both by us and by our competitors;
 
  •  product mix and average selling prices;
 
  •  demand for our products and services;
 
  •  our ability to attain volume manufacturing pricing from Flextronics and our component suppliers;
 
  •  losses associated with excess and obsolete inventory;
 
  •  growth in our headcount and other related costs incurred in our customer support organization; and
 
  •  amortization expense from our purchased intangible assets.
 
Due to higher discounts given to the indirect channel, our overall gross margins for indirect channel sales are typically lower than those associated with direct sales. We expect product revenues from our indirect channel to continue to constitute a substantial majority of our total revenues, which, by itself, negatively impacts our gross margins. However, in prior quarters we have experienced a favorable change in our product mix as we sold more higher-margin products, which contributed to improved overall gross margins. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, overall gross margins decreased as we sold more access points than in prior quarters, which generally have a lower gross margin.
 
Operating Expenses
 
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benefits and incentive compensation for our employees, including commissions for sales personnel and stock-based compensation for all employees.
 
We grew from approximately 441 employees at July 31, 2007 to approximately 541 employees at July 31, 2008, including approximately 55 employees from our AirWave acquisition. We expect to continue to strategically hire employees throughout the company as well as invest in research and development.
 
Research and development expenses primarily consist of personnel costs and facilities costs. We expense research and development expenses as incurred. We are devoting substantial resources to the continued development of additional functionality for existing products and the development of new products. We intend to continue to invest significantly in our research and development efforts because we believe it is essential to maintaining our competitive position. We expect research and development expenses to increase on an absolute dollar basis and as a percentage of revenue compared to fiscal 2008.
 
Sales and marketing expenses represent the largest component of our operating expenses and primarily consist of personnel costs, sales commissions, marketing programs and facilities costs. Marketing programs are intended to generate revenue from new and existing customers and are expensed as incurred.
 
We plan to continue to invest heavily in sales and marketing by increasing the number of sales personnel worldwide with the intent to add new customers and increase penetration within our existing customer base, expand our domestic and international sales and marketing activities, build brand awareness and sponsor additional marketing events. We expect future sales and marketing expenses to continue to be our most significant operating expense. Generally, sales personnel are not immediately productive, and thus, the increase in sales and marketing expenses that we experience as we hire additional sales personnel is not expected to immediately result in increased revenues and reduces our operating margins until such sales personnel become productive and generate revenue. Accordingly, the timing of sales personnel hiring and the rate at which they become productive will affect our future performance. We expect sales and marketing expenses to increase on an absolute dollar basis and decrease as a percentage of revenue compared to fiscal 2008.
 
General and administrative expenses primarily consist of personnel and facilities costs related to our executive, finance, human resource, information technology and legal organizations, as well as insurance, investor relations, and IT infrastructure costs related to our new ERP system. Further, our general and administrative expenses include professional services consisting of outside legal, audit, Sarbanes-Oxley and information technology consulting costs. We expect that we will incur significant additional legal costs related to defending ourselves against claims made by outside parties. We expect general and administrative expenses to increase on an absolute dollar basis and as a percentage of revenue compared to fiscal 2008.
 
Stock-Based Compensation
 
Effective August 1, 2006, we began measuring and recognizing expense for all stock-based payments at fair value, in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004), Share Based Payment, (“SFAS 123R”). We recognized $19.3 million, $12.7 million and $1.3 million of stock-based compensation for fiscal years 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively.
 
Other Income (Expense), net
 
Other income (expense), net includes interest income on cash balances, accretion of discount or amortization of premium on short-term investments, interest expense, and losses or gains on conversion of non-U.S. dollar transactions into U.S. dollars. Cash has historically been invested in money market funds and marketable securities. Prior to fiscal 2008, other income (expense), net also included adjustments to record our outstanding preferred stock warrants to fair value. Subsequent to our initial public offering (“IPO”) in March 2007, we are no longer required to remeasure these warrants to fair value.
 
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reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the date of the consolidated financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. We believe that the estimates and judgments upon which we rely are reasonable based upon information available to us at the time that these estimates and judgments are made. To the extent there are material differences between these estimates and actual results, our consolidated financial statements will be affected. The accounting policies that reflect our more significant estimates and judgments and which we believe are the most critical to aid in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results include revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, inventory valuation, allowances for doubtful accounts, income taxes, and goodwill and purchased intangible assets.
 
Revenue Recognition
 
Our revenues are derived primarily from two sources: (1) product revenue, including hardware and software products, and (2) related professional services and support revenue. Support typically includes software updates, on a when and if available basis, telephone and internet access to technical support personnel and hardware support. We provide our customers with rights to unspecified software product upgrades and to maintenance releases and patches released during the term of the support period. Revenues for support services are recognized on a straight-line basis over the service contract term, which is typically between one year and five years.
 
We account for revenues in accordance with Statement of Position No. 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition, and all related amendments and interpretations (“SOP 97-2”) because our products are integrated with software that is essential to their functionality and because we provide unspecified software upgrades and enhancements related to the equipment through support agreements.
 
Typically, our sales involve multiple elements, such as sales of products that include support, training and/or consulting services. When a sale involves multiple elements, we allocate the entire fee from the arrangement to each respective element based on its VSOE of fair value and recognize revenue when each element’s revenue recognition criteria are met. VSOE of fair value for each element is established based on the sales price we charge when the same element is sold separately. If VSOE of fair value cannot be established for the undelivered element of an agreement, when the undelivered element is support, the entire amount of revenue from the arrangement is deferred and recognized ratably over the period that the support is delivered. Prior to the second quarter of fiscal 2006, we had not been able to establish VSOE of fair value in accordance with SOP 97-2 at the outset of our arrangements. Accordingly, prior to the second quarter of 2006, we recognized revenue for the entire transaction ratably over the support period, as the only undelivered element was typically support.
 
Beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, we were able to establish VSOE of fair value at the outset of our arrangements as we established a new support and services pricing policy, with different services and support offerings than were previously sold. We also began selling support services separately from our arrangements in the form of support renewals. Accordingly, beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, we began recognizing product revenues upon delivery using the residual method, for transactions where all other revenue recognition criteria were met. As we had not been able to establish VSOE on our prior services and support offerings, all transactions prior to the second quarter of fiscal 2006 continue to be recognized ratably over the support period.
 
We recognize revenue only when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable, and collectibility is probable. Additionally, we recognize revenue from indirect sales channels upon persuasive evidence provided by our indirect channel customers of a sale to the end customer. However, determining whether and when some of these criteria have been satisfied often involves assumptions and judgments that can have a significant impact on the timing and amount of revenue we report.
 
Stock-Based Compensation
 
Effective August 1, 2006, we adopted SFAS No. 123R using the modified prospective transition method, which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense beginning August 1, 2006 for all share-based payment awards made to employees and directors based on estimated fair values. This methodology requires the use of subjective assumptions in implementing SFAS 123R, including expected stock price volatility and the estimated term of each award. Under SFAS 123R, we estimate the fair value of stock options granted using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model and a single option award approach. This fair value is then amortized on a


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straight-line basis over the requisite service periods of the awards, which is generally the vesting period. This model also utilizes the fair value of our common stock and requires that, at the date of grant, we use the expected term of the stock-based award, the expected volatility of the price of our common stock over the expected term, the risk free interest rate and the expected dividend yield of our common stock to determine the estimated fair value. We determine the amount of stock-based compensation expense based on awards that we ultimately expect to vest, reduced for estimated forfeitures. SFAS 123R requires forfeitures to be estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates. Compensation expense includes awards granted prior to, but not yet vested as of July 31, 2006, based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the pro forma provisions of SFAS 123 and compensation expense for awards granted subsequent to July 31, 2006 based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the provisions of SFAS 123R. In addition, compensation expense includes the effects of awards modified, repurchased or cancelled since the adoption of SFAS 123R. For purposes of SFAS 123R, employee stock-based compensation related to both unvested awards granted prior to August 1, 2006 and awards granted on or after August 1, 2006 are being amortized on a straight-line basis, which is consistent with the methodology used historically for pro forma purposes under SFAS 123.
 
We account for equity instruments issued in exchange for the receipt of goods or services from non-employees in accordance with the consensus reached by the EITF in Issue No. 96-18, Accounting for Equity Instruments That are Issued to Other Than Employees for Acquiring, or in Conjunction with Selling, Goods or Services. Costs are measured at the fair market value of the consideration received or the fair value of the equity instruments issued, whichever is more reliably measurable. The value of equity instruments issued for consideration other than employee services is determined on the earlier of the date on which there first exists a firm commitment for performance by the provider of goods or services or on the date performance is complete.
 
Goodwill and intangibles
 
We apply SFAS No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets and perform an annual goodwill impairment test. For purposes of impairment testing, we have determined that the Company has only one reporting unit. The identification and measurement of goodwill impairment involves the estimation of the fair value of the Company. The estimates of fair value of the Company are based on the best information available as of the date of the assessment, which primarily includes our market capitalization. We did not recognize impairment charges in any of the periods presented.
 
Purchased intangible assets with finite lives are amortized using the straight-line method over the estimated economic lives of the assets, which range from two to seven years. Long-lived assets, including intangible assets, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. Some factors we consider important which could trigger an impairment review include the following:
 
  •  significant underperformance relative to estimated results;
 
  •  significant changes in the manner of our use of the acquired assets or the strategy for our overall business; and
 
  •  significant negative industry or economic trends.
 
Determination of recoverability of purchased intangible assets is based on an estimate of undiscounted future cash flows resulting from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition. Measurement of an impairment loss is based on the fair value of the asset. We did not recognize impairment charges in any of the periods presented.
 
Screening for and assessing whether impairment indicators exist or if events or changes in circumstances have occurred, including market conditions, operating fundamentals, competition and general economic conditions, requires significant judgment. Additionally, changes in the technology industry occur frequently and quickly. Therefore, there can be no assurance that a charge to operations will not occur as a result of future goodwill and purchased intangible impairment tests.


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Inventory Valuation
 
Inventory consists of hardware and related component parts and is stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is computed using the standard cost, which approximates actual cost, on a first-in, first-out basis. We record inventory write-downs for potentially excess inventory based on forecasted demand, economic trends and technological obsolescence of our products. If future demand or market conditions are less favorable than our projections, additional inventory write-downs could be required and would be reflected in cost of product revenues in the period the revision is made. At the point of the loss recognition, a new, lower-cost basis for that inventory is established, and subsequent changes in facts and circumstances do not result in the restoration or increase in that newly established cost basis. Inventory write-downs amounted to $1.2 million, $1.1 million, and $0.9 million in fiscal years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
 
Allowances for Doubtful Accounts
 
We record a provision for doubtful accounts based on historical experience and a detailed assessment of the collectibility of our accounts receivable. In estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts, our management considers, among other factors, (1) the aging of the accounts receivable, including trends within and ratios involving the age of the accounts receivable, (2) our historical write-offs, (3) the credit-worthiness of each customer, (4) the economic conditions of the customer’s industry, and (5) general economic conditions, especially given the recent financial crisis in today’s economic environment. In cases where we are aware of circumstances that may impair a specific customer’s ability to meet their financial obligations to us, we record a specific allowance against amounts due from the customer, and thereby reduce the net recognized receivable to the amount we reasonably believe will be collected. The allowance for doubtful accounts was $558,000 and $507,000 at July 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
 
Income Taxes
 
We use the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes in accordance with FASB Statement No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets are recognized for deductible temporary differences, along with net operating loss carryforwards, if it is more likely than not that the tax benefits will be realized. The ultimate realization of the deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences, research and credit carryforwards and net operating loss carryforwards are deductible. To the extent deferred tax assets cannot be recognized under the preceding criteria, a valuation allowance is established.
 
Based on the available objective evidence, including the fact that we have generated losses since inception, management believes it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Accordingly, management has applied a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets.
 
Effective August 1, 2007, we adopted FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes- an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109, (“FIN 48”). This interpretation requires us to recognize in the consolidated financial statements only those tax positions determined to be more likely than not of being sustained. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, we did not record any changes to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits related to tax positions taken in prior periods, and no corresponding change in accumulated deficit. Additionally, we did not make any reclassifications between current taxes payable and long-term taxes payable upon adoption of FIN 48. See Note 10 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a further discussion regarding the adoption of FIN 48.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
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Results of Operations
 
The following table presents our historical operating results as a percentage of revenues for the periods indicated:
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
 
Revenues:
                       
Product
    83.3 %     84.6 %     59.6 %
Professional services and support
    14.7 %     10.1 %     4.1 %
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    2.0 %     5.3 %     36.3 %
                         
Total revenues
    100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %
Cost of revenues:
                       
Product
    27.0 %     28.3 %     23.3 %
Professional services and support
    4.4 %     3.8 %     3.3 %
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    0.6 %     1.9 %     14.6 %
                         
Gross margin
    68.0 %     66.0 %     58.8 %
Operating expenses:
                       
Research and development
    21.0 %     20.1 %     19.5 %
Sales and marketing
    48.2 %     47.1 %     46.6 %
General and administrative
    10.0 %     11.5 %     8.2 %
In-process research and development
          0.5 %      
Acquisition related expenses
    0.1 %            
                         
Operating margin
    (11.3 )%     (13.2 )%     (15.5 )%
Other income (expense), net
    2.2 %     (5.6 )%     (0.7 )%
                         
Loss before income taxes
    (9.1 )%     (18.8 )%     (16.2 )%
Provision for income taxes
    0.5 %     0.3 %     0.4 %
                         
Net loss
    (9.6 )%     (19.1 )%     (16.6 )%
                         


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Revenues
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Total revenues
  $ 178,260     $ 127,499     $ 72,503  
                         
Type of revenues:
                       
Product
    148,550       107,939       43,171  
Professional services and support
    26,244       12,847       2,985  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    3,466       6,713       26,347  
                         
Total revenues
  $ 178,260     $ 127,499     $ 72,503  
                         
Revenues by geography:
                       
United States
    118,647       84,878       53,132  
Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    31,149       20,710       7,711  
Asia Pacific
    20,231       13,301       7,232  
Rest of World (including Japan)
    8,233       8,610       4,428  
                         
Total revenues
  $ 178,260     $ 127,499     $ 72,503  
                         
 
Prior to the second quarter of fiscal 2006, we recognized revenue from sales of our products ratably over the term of the support contract with each customer, which is typically one to five years. Beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, when we were able to establish VSOE of fair value, we began recognizing revenue upon shipment of our products, for transactions where all other criteria for revenue recognition were satisfied. Professional services and support revenues primarily represent support contracts and are recognized ratably over the contractual period, which is typically one to five years. Because of the change in the timing of our revenue recognition in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, comparisons of the absolute dollar growth in our revenues on a year-over-year basis are not meaningful.
 
For fiscal 2008, total revenues increased 39.8% over fiscal 2007 due to an increase of $54.0 million in product and professional services and support revenues. The increases in revenue were due to the continual and steady growth of the WLAN market and the significant growth in our customer base during fiscal 2008. The introduction of our new 802.11n access points also contributed to the increase in our product revenues. Further, we saw continued growth in the education and healthcare verticals during fiscal 2008. We believe the customers in these verticals continue to show increased demand for advanced wireless and LAN technology.
 
The decrease in ratable product and related professional services and support revenues in fiscal 2008 compared to fiscal 2007 was due to the run-off in the amortization of deferred revenue associated with those customer contracts that we entered into prior to our establishment of VSOE of fair value. We expect ratable product and related professional services and support revenues to continue to decrease in absolute dollars and as a percentage of total revenues in future periods.
 
In fiscal 2008, we derived 80.5% of our product revenues from indirect channels, which consist of VADs, VARs, and OEMs, compared to 82.8% in fiscal 2007. We expect to continue to derive a substantial majority of our product revenues from indirect channels as we focus on improving the ability of our indirect channel partners to more effectively market and sell our products.
 
Revenues from shipments to locations outside the United States increased $17.0 million in fiscal 2008 compared to fiscal 2007 due to an increase in demand for our products as the WLAN market expanded internationally. International revenues as a percentage of total revenues was 33.4% for fiscal 2008 which was consistent with fiscal 2007. We continue to expand into international locations and introduce our products in new markets, and we expect international revenues to increase in absolute dollars and to increase as a percentage of total revenues in future periods.


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Substantially all of our customers purchase support when they purchase our products. The increase in professional services and support revenues is a result of increased first year support sales combined with the renewal of support contracts by existing customers. As our customer base grows, we expect the proportion of our revenues represented by support revenues to increase.
 
Total revenues increased in fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006 primarily due to an increase in product revenue as a result of the growth of the WLAN market. The increase was partially offset by a decrease in ratable product and related professional services and support revenue. We generated 33.4% of our revenues in fiscal 2007 from shipments to locations outside of the U.S. compared to 26.7% in fiscal 2006. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in revenue from our EMEA region as we expanded our operations and sales and marketing efforts in EMEA. Revenue from our indirect channels was 82.8% of total revenues in fiscal 2007 compared to 79.2% of total revenues in fiscal 2006 as we began to build out our distribution channel.
 
Cost of Revenues and Gross Margin
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Total revenues
  $ 178,260     $ 127,499     $ 72,503  
Cost of product
    48,126       36,035       16,904  
Cost of professional services and support
    7,761       4,863       2,409  
Cost of ratable product and related professional services and support
    1,228       2,470       10,572  
                         
Total cost of revenues
    57,115       43,368       29,885  
                         
Gross profit
  $ 121,145     $ 84,131     $ 42,618  
Gross margin
    68.0 %     66.0 %     58.8 %
 
In fiscal 2008, cost of revenues increased 31.7% compared to fiscal 2007 primarily due to a corresponding increase in our product revenues. The substantial majority of our cost of product revenues consists of payments to Flextronics, our contract manufacturer. Payments to Flextronics and Flextronics-related costs constituted more than 75% of our cost of product revenues for fiscal 2008, 2007, and 2006.
 
Cost of professional services and support revenues in fiscal 2008 increased 59.6% compared to fiscal 2007. However, the costs did not increase at the same rate as the increase in professional services and support revenues due to cost efficiencies in our support organization. During fiscal 2008, cost of professional services and support increased $2.9 million compared to fiscal 2007 primarily as a result of several significant professional services transactions for large installations of our products that we entered into in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Amortization expense of our purchased technology intangible assets also increased $1.8 million in fiscal 2008, compared to fiscal 2007.
 
Cost of ratable product and related professional services and support decreased during this period consistent with the decrease in ratable product and related professional services and support revenues.
 
As we expand internationally, we may incur additional costs to conform our products to comply with local laws or local product specifications. In addition, as we expand internationally, we plan to continue to hire additional technical support personnel to support our growing international customer base.
 
Gross margins increased 2.0% for fiscal 2008 compared to fiscal 2007 due to an increase in our revenues, which grew at a higher rate than the associated costs. For the first three quarters of fiscal 2008, gross margins increased primarily as a result of a favorable change in our product mix as we continued to sell more higher-margin products, as well as the high growth rate and percentage of revenue derived from our support business. However, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, we sold more access points than in prior quarters, which generally contribute a lower gross margin.
 
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increase in cost of product revenues, primarily relating to payments to Flextronics. Cost of professional services and support revenues increased during this period as professional services and support revenues doubled and we added more technical support headcount domestically and abroad to support our growing customer base. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in cost of ratable product and related professional services and support revenues during this period consistent with the decrease in ratable product and related professional services and support revenues.
 
Gross margins improved for fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006 due to the increase in our revenues, which grew at a higher rate than the associated costs. This was primarily as a result of a favorable change to our product mix as we sold more higher-margin products, as well as the high growth rate and percentage of revenue derived from our support business.
 
Research and Development Expenses
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Research and development expenses
  $ 37,393     $ 25,654     $ 14,130  
Percent of total revenues
    21.0 %     20.1 %     19.5 %
 
In fiscal 2008, research and development expenses increased 45.8%, compared to fiscal 2007, primarily due to an increase of $8.7 million in personnel and related costs, including an increase of $3.3 million in stock-based compensation. These increases were due to an increase in our headcount of 30 employees. We continue to hire more employees in research and development in order to develop additional functionality for existing products and develop new products in an effort to remain competitive. Outside services for engineering also increased by $0.8 million as a result of hiring several outside agencies to perform compliance reviews on our 802.11n access points. Facilities expenses increased $0.8 million as a result of leasing a new building for our Sunnyvale, CA headquarters, as well as facilities-related expenses of AirWave. Depreciation expense also increased $0.8 million due to an increase in depreciable assets.
 
In fiscal 2007, research and development expenses increased 81.6% compared to fiscal 2006, primarily as a result of an increase in headcount. Personnel and related expenses increased $9.9 million, including an increase of $2.7 million in stock-based compensation. The cost of internal equipment increased $0.4 million due to the use of certain of our product inventory for research and development purposes. Depreciation expense also increased $0.4 million in fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006.
 
Sales and Marketing Expenses
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Sales and marketing expenses
  $ 86,008     $ 60,115     $ 33,765  
Percent of total revenues
    48.2 %     47.1 %     46.6 %
 
In fiscal 2008, sales and marketing expenses increased 43.1% over fiscal 2007, due to an increase of $21.0 million in personnel and related costs, including an increase of $4.6 million in stock-based compensation. These increases were due to an increase in our headcount in sales and marketing of 58 employees to support our growing business. Demonstration equipment expenses increased $0.7 million also due to the increase in headcount as each new sales representative is provided demonstration equipment. Facilities expenses increased $1.3 million as a result of leasing a new building for our Sunnyvale, CA headquarters, as well as facilities-related expenses of AirWave. Amortization of purchased customer and tradename intangible assets increased $0.6 million due to the acquisition of Network Chemistry and AirWave. Expenses associated with marketing programs increased $0.8 million and depreciation expense increased $0.4 million.
 
In fiscal 2007, sales and marketing expenses increased 78.0% over fiscal 2006 primarily as a result of an increase in headcount. Personnel and related expenses increased $20.7 million including $3.6 million of stock-based compensation. We also increased our marketing programs in fiscal 2007 by $3.6 million primarily for lead generation and demonstration tools. Recruiting expenses increased $0.6 million as we grew our sales and marketing


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workforce in order to generate new business. As a result of the 59 new employees in sales and marketing, facilities expenses increased $0.8 million.
 
General and Administrative Expenses
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
General and administrative expenses
  $ 17,740     $ 14,600     $ 5,963  
Percent of total revenues
    10.0 %     11.5 %     8.2 %
 
In fiscal 2008, general and administrative expenses increased 21.5% over fiscal 2007, primarily as a result of an increase in headcount. Consequently, personnel expenses increased $1.3 million. This increase in other personnel expenses was partially offset by a decrease in stock based compensation of $1.7 million. During the third quarter of fiscal 2007, we recorded a one time charge of $1.4 million in stock-based compensation expense as a result of issuing stock to a charitable foundation. Facilities expenses increased $0.3 million as a result of leasing a new building for our Sunnyvale, CA headquarters, as well as facilities-related expenses of AirWave. Professional fees associated with legal and audit services increased $2.5 million primarily due to litigation, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance consulting and additional costs associated with being a public company.
 
In fiscal 2007, general and administrative expenses increased 144.8% compared to fiscal 2006, primarily due to an increase of $7.4 million in personnel and related costs as a result of increased headcount, including an increase of $4.9 million in stock-based compensation. Accounting and legal expenses increased $0.6 million primarily due to becoming a public company.
 
In-Process Research and Development Expense
 
In-process research and development expense related to our acquisition of Network Chemistry’s line of RFProtect and BlueScanner wireless security products on July 20, 2007 and consisted of feature enhancements and functional improvements to the underlying technology. A total of $632,000 was expensed upon the consummation of the acquisition in fiscal 2007 because technological feasibility had not been established and no future alternative uses existed. This development project was intended to add new functionalities necessary to address evolving customer needs, and drive market acceptance of the acquired products. The acquired in-process technology was at a stage of development that required further research and development to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability. Because the in-process research and development was not yet complete and not yet generating revenue and profits, there was risk that the developments would not be completed and/or not competitive with other products using alternative technologies that offer comparable functionalities. During fiscal 2008, we completed the in-process research and development projects, the results of which were consistent with our expectations.
 
Acquisition Related Severance Expenses
 
In connection with the acquisition of AirWave, we terminated one of AirWave’s executives due to redundancy. As a result, we recorded expenses totaling approximately $197,000 for severance and related benefit costs.
 
Other Income (Expense), Net
 
Other income (expense), net consists primarily of interest income, interest expense, expense for warrants issued in connection with equipment loans, and foreign currency exchange gains and losses.
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Interest income
  $ 4,083     $ 2,221     $ 551  
Interest expense
          (88 )     (315 )
Other income (expense), net
    (47 )     (9,270 )     (765 )
                         
Total other income (expense), net
  $ 4,036     $ (7,137 )   $ (529 )
                         


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Interest income increased in fiscal 2008 from fiscal 2007 as a result of interest income earned on our short-term investments. Our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balance as of July 31, 2008 was $101.7 million compared to $105.0 million as of July 31, 2007. However $91.8 million of the balance as of July 31, 2007, was received as a result of our IPO in March 2007. Thus, the interest earned in fiscal 2007 was lower than fiscal 2008 because the investments were held for a shorter period of time.
 
During fiscal 2007, we adjusted the carrying value of our preferred stock warrants to their fair value each period resulting in warrant expense. Subsequent to the IPO and the associated conversion of our outstanding redeemable convertible preferred stock to common stock, the warrants to purchase shares of redeemable convertible preferred stock were converted to warrants to purchase an equivalent number of shares of our common stock, and the warrants were no longer subject to remeasurement. These fair value adjustments account for the remaining change in other income (expense), net.
 
During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we determined that the fair values assigned to certain warrants to purchase preferred stock issued to non employees were not computed correctly as of the IPO closing date when they automatically converted to warrants to purchase common stock, which resulted in $715,000 of excess warrant expense being recognized in other income (expense), net in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we corrected the valuation of these warrants resulting in the inclusion of other income of $715,000 within other income (expense), net and a reduction of additional paid-in-capital of $715,000. Management and our Audit Committee concluded that the error was not material to the third quarter of fiscal 2007, the year ended July 31, 2007 or the estimated results for the year ending July 31, 2008, and therefore, the correction was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. This increase in other income (expense), net was offset by foreign currency losses of $725,000 for fiscal 2008 which was primarily driven by the remeasurement of foreign currency transactions into US dollars.
 
Total other income (expense), net increased $6.6 million in fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006. The increase is primarily due to an increase of $8.3 million in warrant expense. The increase in expense was partially offset by an increase in interest income of $1.7 million due to the increase in our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investment balances.
 
Provision for Income Taxes
 
Since inception, we have incurred operating losses, and, accordingly, we have not recorded a provision for income taxes for any of the periods presented other than state and foreign provisions for income tax. As of July 31, 2008, we had net operating loss carryforwards of $88.0 million and $72.9 million for federal and state income tax purposes, respectively. We also had research and credit carryforwards of $3.7 million for federal and $4.8 million for state income tax purposes as of July 31, 2008. Realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon future earnings, if any, the timing and amount of which are uncertain. Accordingly, the deferred tax assets have been fully offset by a valuation allowance. If not utilized, the federal and state net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards will expire between 2013 and 2022. Utilization of these net operating losses and credit carryforwards may be subject to an annual limitation due to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, that are applicable if we have experienced an “ownership change” in the past, or if an ownership change occurs in the future. See Note 10 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Effective August 1, 2007, we adopted FIN 48. This interpretation requires us to recognize in the consolidated financial statements only those tax positions determined to be more likely than not of being sustained. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, we did not record any changes to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits related to tax positions taken in prior periods, and no corresponding change in accumulated deficit. Additionally, we did not make any reclassifications between current taxes payable and long-term taxes payable upon adoption of FIN 48.


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Quarterly Fluctuations in Operating Results
 
The following table sets forth our unaudited quarterly consolidated statement of operations data for each of the eight quarters ended July 31, 2008. In management’s opinion, the data has been prepared on the same basis as the audited consolidated financial statements included in this report, and reflects all necessary adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair statement of this data.
 
                                 
    For the Three Months Ended  
2008
  July 31,     April 30,     January 31,     October 31,  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Revenues
                               
Product
  $ 40,444     $ 35,478     $ 34,170     $ 38,458  
Professional services and support
    7,136       6,287       5,548       7,273  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    699       841       927       999  
                                 
Total revenues
    48,279       42,606       40,645       46,730  
Cost of revenues
                               
Product
    14,049       11,236       10,984       11,857  
Professional services and support
    1,908       1,650       1,386       2,817  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    242       294       330       362  
                                 
Total cost of revenues
    16,199       13,180       12,700       15,036  
                                 
Gross profit
    32,080       29,426       27,945       31,694  
Operating expenses
                               
Research and development
    10,245       9,762       9,086       8,300  
Sales and marketing
    24,252       21,230       18,826       21,700  
General and administrative
    4,416       4,730       4,403       4,191  
Acquisition related severance expenses
          197              
                                 
Total operating expenses
    38,913       35,919       32,315       34,191  
                                 
Operating loss
    (6,833 )     (6,493 )     (4,370 )     (2,497 )
Other income, net
    304       530       1,120       2,082  
                                 
Loss before provision for income taxes
    (6,529 )     (5,963 )     (3,250 )     (415 )
Provision for income taxes
    255       260       228       224  
                                 
Net loss
  $ (6,784 )   $ (6,223 )   $ (3,478 )   $ (639 )
                                 
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted
  $ (0.08 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.01 )
                                 
 


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    For the Three Months Ended  
2007
  July 31,     April 30,     January 31,     October 31,  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Revenues
                               
Product
  $ 36,394     $ 29,777     $ 22,662     $ 19,106  
Professional services and support
    4,254       3,816       2,656       2,121  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    1,038       1,068       1,329       3,278  
                                 
Total revenues
    41,686       34,661       26,647       24,505  
Cost of revenues
                               
Product
    11,251       8,921       8,562       7,301  
Professional services and support
    1,420       1,138       1,131       1,174  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    382       397       505       1,186  
                                 
Total cost of revenues
    13,053       10,456       10,198       9,661  
                                 
Gross profit
    28,633       24,205       16,449       14,844  
Operating expenses
                               
Research and development
    7,902       6,890       5,771       5,091  
Sales and marketing
    20,921       16,240       12,146       10,808  
General and administrative
    3,703       4,889       3,395       2,613  
In-process research and development
    632                    
                                 
Total operating expenses
    33,158       28,019       21,312       18,512  
                                 
Operating loss
    (4,525 )     (3,814 )     (4,863 )     (3,668 )
Other income (expense), net
    1,257       (5,390 )     (2,250 )     (754 )
                                 
Loss before provision for income taxes
    (3,268 )     (9,204 )     (7,113 )     (4,422 )
Provision for income taxes
    82       82       123       88  
                                 
Net loss
  $ (3,350 )   $ (9,286 )   $ (7,236 )   $ (4,510 )
                                 
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted
  $ (0.04 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.52 )   $ (0.34 )
                                 
 
Our operating results may fluctuate due to a variety of factors, many of which are outside of our control. As a result, comparing our operating results on a period-to-period basis may not be meaningful. You should not rely on our past results as an indication of our future performance.
 
With the exception of the second quarter of fiscal 2008, our revenues have increased sequentially in each of the quarters presented due to increases in the number of products sold to new and existing customers and international expansion. These increases were offset by the quarterly decrease in the amortization of deferred revenue associated with those customer contracts that we entered into prior to establishment of VSOE of fair value.
 
With the exception of the second quarter of fiscal 2008, operating expenses in all quarters increased sequentially as we continued to add headcount and related costs to accommodate the growing business on a quarterly basis.
 
In the first quarter of fiscal 2006, we adopted FSP 150-5, which subjects warrants to the requirements in Statement 150, regardless of the timing of the redemption feature or the redemption price and requires us to classify the warrants on our preferred stock as liabilities and adjust our warrant instruments to fair value at each reporting period. We recorded expense of $784,000, $2.3 million, and $5.9 million in other income (expense), net in the quarters ended October 31, 2006, January 31, 2007 and April 30, 2007, respectively, to reflect the increase in fair value of the warrants. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, we recorded a gain of $715,000 due to excess warrant expense being recognized in other income (expense), net in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. Subsequent to the IPO and the associated conversion of our outstanding redeemable convertible preferred stock to common stock, the warrants to purchase shares of redeemable convertible preferred stock were converted to warrants to purchase an equivalent number of shares of our common stock and the related carrying value of such warrants was reclassified to additional paid-in-capital, and the warrants are no longer subject to remeasurement.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
                 
    As of July 31,  
    2008     2007  
    (In thousands)  
 
Working capital
  $ 103,097     $ 109,496  
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 37,602     $ 42,570  
Short-term investments
  $ 64,130     $ 62,430  
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities
  $ 8,295     $ (4,208 )   $ (13,518 )
Cash used in investing activities
    (21,738 )     (70,490 )     (1,193 )
Cash provided by financing activities
    8,470       107,920       19,678  
 
Since our inception in February 2002 through our IPO in March 2007, we funded our operations primarily with proceeds from issuances of redeemable convertible preferred stock, which provided us with aggregate net proceeds of $87.8 million.
 
In March 2007, we completed our IPO which provided us with approximately $91.8 million in net proceeds after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of $7.1 million and other offering costs of $2.3 million.
 
Most of our sales contracts are denominated in United States dollars, and as such, the increase in our revenues derived from international customers has not affected our cash flows from operations. As we fund our international operations, our cash and cash equivalents are affected by changes in exchange rates. To date, the foreign currency effect on our cash and cash equivalents has been immaterial.
 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
 
Our cash flows from operating activities will continue to be affected principally by our working capital requirements and the extent to which we increase spending on personnel as our business grows. The timing of hiring sales personnel in particular affects cash flows as there is a lag between the hiring of sales personnel and the generation of revenue and cash flows from sales personnel. To a lesser extent, the start up costs associated with international expansion have also negatively affected our cash flows from operations. Our largest source of operating cash flows is cash collections from our customers. Our primary uses of cash from operating activities are for personnel related expenditures, purchases of inventory, and rent payments.
 
During fiscal 2008, operating activities provided $8.3 million of cash compared to $4.2 million of cash used in operating activities during fiscal 2007. The increase is due to increases in accounts payable, deferred revenue, and other current and non-current liabilities, as well as non-cash items such as stock-based compensation and depreciation. Cash provided by operating activities was offset by our net loss, and increases in accounts receivable, inventory, and non-cash items such as interest accretion on our short-term investments.
 
Cash used in operating activities decreased in fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006 due to increases in non-cash activities, such as stock-based compensation and the increase in fair value of our warrants, and increases in other current and non-current liabilities, deferred revenue and accounts receivable, offset by decreases in deferred costs and accounts payable.
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
 
Cash used in investing activities in fiscal 2008 decreased compared to fiscal 2007 largely due to a significant decrease in our net purchases of short-term investments. Cash used in investing activities included cash paid for the acquisition of AirWave. We also purchased property and equipment of $5.4 million related to the continual build out of our infrastructure to support our growth.


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In fiscal 2007, cash used in investing activities increased compared to fiscal 2006 primarily due to the purchase of short-term investments. Cash used in investing activities also increased as a result of our purchase of a business from Network Chemistry, Inc.
 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
 
In fiscal 2008, cash provided by financing activities was derived from proceeds from the issuance of common stock in conjunction with our 2002 Stock Plan, 2007 Equity Incentive Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Cash flows from financing activities were offset in part by the $2.1 million repurchase of common stock under our structured repurchase program.
 
In March 2007, we completed our IPO which provided us with approximately $91.8 million in net proceeds. We also obtained $10.6 million in net proceeds from the issuance of our redeemable convertible preferred stock during fiscal 2007.
 
Based on our current cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments we expect that we will have sufficient resources to fund our operations for the next twelve months. However, we may need to raise additional capital or incur additional indebtedness to continue to fund our operations in the future. Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including our rate of revenue growth, the expansion of our sales and marketing activities, the timing and extent of expansion into new territories, the timing of introductions of new products and enhancements to existing products, and the continuing market acceptance of our products. We have no current agreements, commitments, plans, proposals or arrangements, written or otherwise, with respect to any material acquisitions. We may enter into these types of arrangements in the future, which could also require us to seek additional equity or debt financing. Additional funds may not be available on terms favorable to us or at all.
 
Other Uses of Cash
 
On February 26, 2008, we announced a stock repurchase program for up to $10.0 million of our common stock. During the fiscal year ended July 31, 2008, we repurchased 407,000 shares under this program for an aggregate purchase price of $2.1 million. Purchases may be made in the open market, not to exceed $2.5 million per quarter, and will be funded from available working capital. The number of shares to be purchased and the timing of purchases will be based on the price of our common stock, general business and market conditions, and other investment considerations. To the extent that we repurchase shares under this authorization, interest income may decrease as our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments decrease.
 
Contractual Obligations
 
The following is a summary of our contractual obligations as of July 31, 2008:
 
                                                         
                                        More
 
                                        Than
 
    Total     2009     2010     2011     2012     2013     5 Years  
    (In thousands)  
 
Operating leases
  $ 7,625     $ 3,286     $ 3,310     $ 879     $ 150     $     $  
Non-cancellable inventory purchase commitments(1)
    12,447       12,447                                
Other purchase commitments
    394       394                                
                                                         
Total contractual obligations
  $ 20,466     $ 16,127     $ 3,310     $ 879     $ 150     $     $  
                                                         
 
 
(1) We outsource the production of our hardware to third-party manufacturing suppliers. We enter into various inventory related purchase agreements with these suppliers. Generally, under these agreements, 40% of the orders are cancelable by giving notice 60 days prior to the expected shipment date, and 20% of orders are cancelable by giving notice 30 days prior to the expected shipment date. Orders are not cancelable within 30 days prior to the expected shipment date.


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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
At July 31, 2008 and 2007, we did not have any relationships with unconsolidated entities or financial partnerships, such as entities often referred to as structured finance or special purpose entities, which would have been established for the purpose of facilitating off-balance sheet arrangements or other contractually narrow or limited purposes.
 
ITEM 7A.   QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
 
Foreign Currency Risk
 
Most of our sales contracts are denominated in United States dollars, and therefore, our revenue is not subject to foreign currency risk. Our operating expenses and cash flows are subject to fluctuations due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, particularly changes in the British Pound, Euro and Japanese Yen. To date, we have not entered into any hedging contracts because expenses in foreign currencies have been insignificant to date, and exchange rate fluctuations have had little impact on our operating results and cash flows.
 
Interest Rate Sensitivity
 
We had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $101.7 million and $105.0 million at July 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments are held for working capital purposes. We do not use derivative financial instruments in our investment portfolio. We have an investment portfolio of fixed income securities that are classified as “available-for-sale securities.” These securities, like all fixed income instruments, are subject to interest rate risk and will fall in value if market interest rates increase. We attempt to limit this exposure by investing primarily in short-term securities. Due to the short duration and conservative nature of our investment portfolio, a movement of 10% by market interest rates would not have a material impact on our operating results and the total value of the portfolio over the next fiscal year. If overall interest rates had fallen by 10% in fiscal 2008, our interest income on cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments would have declined approximately $0.4 million assuming consistent investment levels.


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ITEM 8.   CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
 
Index to Consolidated Financial Statements
 
         
    Page
 
    50  
    51  
    52  
    53  
    54  
    55  
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REPORT ON MANAGEMENT’S ASSESSMENT OF
INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
 
Management of our Company is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15(d)-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Our internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that:
 
  •  pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of our Company;
 
  •  provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of our Company; and
 
  •  provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions and that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may change over time.
 
Management assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of July 31, 2008. In making this assessment, our management used the criteria set forth in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on our assessment of internal controls over financial reporting, management has concluded that, as of July 31, 2008, our internal control over financial reporting was effective to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of July 31, 2008 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears on page 51.
 
     
/s/  Dominic P. Orr
 
/s/  Steffan Tomlinson
     
Dominic P. Orr
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
  Steffan Tomlinson
Chief Financial Officer


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
 
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Aruba Networks, Inc.:
 
In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of operations, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit), and cash flows, present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Aruba Networks, Inc. and its subsidiaries at July 31, 2008 and 2007 and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended July 31, 2008 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule appearing under Item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of July 31, 2008 based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits (which was an integrated audit in fiscal 2008). We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
 
As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the manner in which it accounts for share-based compensation in the year ended July 31, 2007 and the manner in which it accounts for uncertainty in income taxes in the year ended July 31, 2008.
 
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
 
/s/  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
 
San Jose, California
October 6, 2008


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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
                 
    July 31,
    July 31,
 
    2008     2007  
    (In thousands except
 
    share data)  
 
ASSETS
Current assets
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 37,602     $ 42,570  
Short-term investments
    64,130       62,430  
Accounts receivable, net
    32,679       23,722  
Inventory
    11,644       8,991  
Deferred costs
    4,317       3,217  
Prepaids and other
    3,196       2,432  
                 
Total current assets
    153,568       143,362  
Property and equipment, net
    7,181       3,709  
Goodwill
    7,656        
Intangible assets, net
    19,027       3,912  
Deferred costs
    239       722  
Other assets
    1,130       428  
                 
Total assets
  $ 188,801     $ 152,133  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities Accounts payable
  $ 5,844     $ 2,201  
Accrued liabilities
    16,908       15,317  
Income taxes payable
    576       281  
Deferred revenue
    27,143       16,067  
                 
Total current liabilities
    50,471       33,866  
Deferred revenue
    7,338       5,780  
Other long-term liabilities
    117        
                 
Total liabilities
    57,926       39,646  
                 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14) 
               
Stockholders’ equity
               
Preferred stock: $0.0001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized at July 31, 2008 and 2007, no shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2008 and 2007
           
Common stock: $0.0001 par value; 350,000 shares authorized at July 31, 2008 and 2007; 82,836 and 76,927 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2008 and 2007
    8       8  
Additional paid-in capital
    249,131       213,545  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    (45 )     29  
Accumulated deficit
    (118,219 )     (101,095 )
                 
Total stockholders’ equity
    130,875       112,487  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  $ 188,801     $ 152,133  
                 
 
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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Revenues
                       
Product
  $ 148,550     $ 107,939     $ 43,171  
Professional services and support
    26,244       12,847       2,985  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    3,466       6,713       26,347  
                         
Total revenues
    178,260       127,499       72,503  
Cost of revenues
                       
Product
    48,126       36,035       16,904  
Professional services and support
    7,761       4,863       2,409  
Ratable product and related professional services and support
    1,228       2,470       10,572  
                         
Total cost of revenues
    57,115       43,368       29,885  
                         
Gross profit
    121,145       84,131       42,618  
Operating expenses
                       
Research and development
    37,393       25,654       14,130  
Sales and marketing
    86,008       60,115       33,765  
General and administrative
    17,740       14,600       5,963  
In-process research and development
          632        
Acquisition related severance expenses
    197              
                         
Total operating expenses
    141,338       101,001       53,858  
                         
Operating loss
    (20,193 )     (16,870 )     (11,240 )
Other income (expense), net 
                       
Interest income
    4,083       2,221       551  
Interest expense
          (88 )     (315 )
Other income (expense), net
    (47 )     (9,270 )     (765 )
                         
Total other income (expense), net
    4,036       (7,137 )     (529 )
                         
Loss before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (16,157 )     (24,007 )     (11,769 )
Provision for income taxes
    967       375       306  
                         
Loss before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
    (17,124 )     (24,382 )     (12,075 )
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle
                66  
                         
Net loss
  $ (17,124 )   $ (24,382 )   $ (12,009 )
                         
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted
  $ (0.22 )   $ (0.70 )   $ (1.07 )
                         
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share
    79,467       34,808       11,211  
                         
Stock-based compensation expense included in above:
                       
Cost of revenues
  $ 704     $ 327     $ 34  
Research and development
    6,200       2,925       259  
Sales and marketing
    8,953       4,362       749  
General and administrative
    3,421       5,103       213  
 
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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
 
                                                                                           
                                                      Accumulated
             
    Reedemable
                              Additional
    Deferred
    Other
             
    Convertible Preferred Stock       Preferred Stock     Common Stock     Paid-in
    Stock-Based
    Comprehensive
    Accumulated
       
    Shares     Amount       Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Capital     Compensation     Income (Loss)     Deficit     Total  
    (In thousands)  
Balance at July 31, 2005
  $ 45,108     $ 58,009       $     $     $ 14,723     $ 2     $ 4,829     $ (2,586 )   $     $ (64,704 )   $ (62,450 )
Fair value of shares issued to employees
                              3             2                         2  
Fair value of shares issued to non-employees
                              16             24                         24  
Fair value of stock options issued to non-employees
                                          306                         306  
Exercise of common stock options
                              1,896             612                         612  
Repurchase of common stock
                              (1,381 )           (162 )                       (162 )
Deferred compensation related to issuance of common stock options, net
                                          804       (804 )                  
Amortization of deferred stock-based compensation
                                                1,026                   1,026  
Reclassification of preferred stock warrants to liability
                                                  (340 )                       (340 )
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle related to preferred stock warrants
                                                            66       66  
Net loss
                                                            (12,075 )     (12,075 )
                                                                                           
Balance at July 31, 2006
    45,108       58,009                     15,257       2       6,075       (2,364 )           (76,713 )     (73,000 )
Comprehensive loss:
                                                                                         
Unrealized gain on short-term investments
                                                      29             29  
Net loss
                                                            (24,382 )     (24,382 )
                                                                                           
Total comprehensive loss
                                                                                      (24,353 )
                                                                                           
Issuance of Series D redeemable convertible preferred stock, net of issuance costs of $127
    4,573       29,829                                                          
Conversion of redeemable convertible preferred stock into common stock upon completion of initial public offering
    (49,681 )     (87,838 )                   49,681       5       87,833                         87,838  
Proceeds from initial public offering of common stock, net of issuance costs of $2,307
                              9,200       1       91,808                         91,809  
Fair value of shares issued to employees
                              44             245                         245  
Fair value of shares issued to non-employees
                              50             534                         534  
Fair value of stock options issued to non-employees
                                          577                         577  
Fair value of of shares issued to charitable foundation
                              100             1,415                         1,415  
Exercise of common stock options
                              2,339             4,112                         4,112  
Exercise of warrants
                              114                                      
Repurchase of common stock
                              (176 )           (70 )                       (70 )
Reclassification of liability relating to preferred stock warrants upon conversion of such warrants to common stock warrants in connection with initial public offering
                                          9,933                         9,933  
Issuance of common stock under stock issuance agreement with customer
                              318             3,500                         3,500  
Reclassification of unamortized stock-based compensation upon adoption of SFAS 123R
                                          (2,364 )     2,364                    
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options issued to employees
                                          9,947                         9,947  
                                                                                           
Balance at July 31, 2007
                              76,927       8       213,545             29       (101,095 )     112,487  
Comprehensive loss:
                                                                                         
Unrealized loss on short-term investments
                                                      (74 )           (74 )
Net loss
                                                            (17,124 )     (17,124 )
                                                                                           
Total comprehensive loss
                                                                                      (17,198 )
                                                                                           
Fair value of shares issued to non-employees
                              68             408                         408  
Fair value of stock options issued to non-employees
                                          (279 )                       (279 )
Exercise of common stock options
                              3,280               6,330                         6,330  
Shares purchased under employee stock purchase plan
                                  781             4,827                         4,827  
Exercise of warrants
                              519                                      
Change in carrying value of preferred stock warrants
                                          (715 )                       (715 )
Repurchase of common stock
                              (66 )           (46 )                       (46 )
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options and awards issued to employees
                              215             19,149                         19,149  
Common stock issued in purchase acquisition
                              1,519             8,002                         8,002  
Repurchase of common stock under stock repurchase program
                              (407 )           (2,142 )                         (2,142 )
Excess tax benefit associated with stock based compensation
                                          52                               52  
                                                                                           
Balance at July 31, 2008
        $             $       82,836     $ 8     $ 249,131     $     $ (45 )   $ (118,219 )   $ 130,875  
                                                                                           
 
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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Cash flows from operating activities
                       
Net loss
  $ (17,124 )   $ (24,382 )   $ (12,009 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
                       
Depreciation and amortization
    5,640       2,008       1,549  
Provision for doubtful accounts
    283       199       254  
Write downs for excess and obsolete inventory
    1,209       1,110       939  
Compensation related to stock options and share awards
    19,278       11,302       1,255  
Net realized gains on short-term investments
    (22 )            
Stock issued to charitable foundation
          1,415        
Non-cash interest expense
          44       167  
Accretion of purchase discounts on short-term investments
    (1,381 )     (261 )      
Change in carrying value of preferred stock warrants
    (715 )     8,992       601  
Loss on disposal of fixed assets
    51       5       6  
In-process research and development
          632        
Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation
    (52 )            
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
                       
Accounts receivable
    (8,352 )     (10,550 )     (4,737 )
Inventory
    (5,092 )     (3,955 )     (3,110 )
Prepaids and other
    (660 )     (774 )     (650 )
Deferred costs
    (617 )     1,381       4,479  
Other assets
    (773 )     (99 )     (216 )
Accounts payable
    3,394       (2,184 )     147  
Deferred revenue
    10,957       3,322       (3,921 )
Other current and noncurrent liabilities
    1,924       7,522       1,528  
Income taxes payable
    347       65       200  
                         
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    8,295       (4,208 )     (13,518 )
                         
Cash flows from investing activities
                       
Purchases of short-term investments
    (119,856 )     (67,897 )      
Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments
    119,556       5,744       899  
Purchases of property and equipment
    (5,408 )     (3,737 )     (2,092 )
Cash paid in purchase acquisitions, net of cash acquired
    (16,030 )     (4,600 )      
                         
Net cash used in investing activities
    (21,738 )     (70,490 )     (1,193 )
                         
Cash flows from financing activities
                       
Repayments on equipment loan obligations
          (654 )     (1,358 )
Deposit for Series D redeemable convertible preferred stock, net
                19,232  
Cash received under stock issuance agreement
          2,130       1,354  
Proceeds from issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock, net
          10,597        
Proceeds from initial public offering, net
          91,809        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
    10,560       4,038       450  
Repurchase of common stock under stock repurchase program
    (2,142 )            
Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation
    52              
                         
Net cash provided by financing activities
    8,470       107,920       19,678  
                         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
    5       85       3  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    (4,968 )     33,307       4,970  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
    42,570       9,263       4,293  
                         
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
  $ 37,602     $ 42,570     $ 9,263  
                         
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
                       
Income taxes paid
  $ 652     $ 294     $ 161  
Interest paid
  $     $ 37     $ 136  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities
                       
Reclassification of warrant liability to equity upon initial public offering
  $     $ 9,933     $  
Reclassification of non-current liability to equity upon initial public offering
  $     $ 3,500     $  
Common stock issued in purchase acquisition
  $ 7,852     $     $  
 
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1.   The Company and its Significant Accounting Policies
 
The Company
 
Aruba Networks, Inc. (the “Company”) was incorporated in the state of Delaware on February 11, 2002. The Company securely delivers the enterprise network to users with user-centric networks that expand the reach of traditional port-centric networks. The products the Company licenses and sells include the ArubaOS modular operating system, optional value-added software modules, a centralized mobility management system, high-performance programmable Mobility Controllers, wired and wireless access points, wireless intrusion detection tools, spectrum analyzers, and endpoint compliance solutions. The Company has offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region and employs staff around the world.
 
Initial Public Offering
 
In March 2007, the Company completed its initial public offering, (“IPO”), of common stock in which it issued and sold 9,200,000 shares of common stock, at a public offering price of $11.00 per share. The Company raised a total of $101.2 million in gross proceeds from the IPO, or approximately $91.8 million in net proceeds after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of $7.1 million and other offering costs of $2.3 million. Upon the closing of the IPO, all shares of outstanding redeemable convertible preferred stock automatically converted into 49,681,883 shares of common stock and 318,181 shares of the Company’s common stock were issued under a stock issuance agreement with Microsoft. Subsequent to the IPO and the associated conversion of the Company’s outstanding redeemable convertible preferred stock to common stock, warrants to purchase 677,106 shares of redeemable convertible preferred stock were converted to warrants to purchase an equivalent number of shares of the Company’s common stock and the related carrying value of such warrants was reclassified to additional paid-in-capital, and the warrants are no longer subject to remeasurement.
 
The Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, as restated on March 30, 2007, authorizes the issuance of 350,000,000 shares of common stock with $0.0001 par value per share.
 
Significant Accounting Policies
 
Basis of Presentation
 
The Company’s consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company determined that the fair values assigned to certain warrants to purchase preferred stock issued to non-employees were not computed correctly as of the IPO closing date when they automatically converted to warrants to purchase common stock which resulted in $715,000 of excess warrant expense being recognized in other income (expense), net in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company corrected the valuation of these warrants resulting in the inclusion of other income of $715,000 within other income (expense), net and a reduction of additional paid-in capital of $715,000. In addition, during the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company determined that stock-based compensation related to its employee stock purchase plan was understated by $48,000 and $87,000 in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2007, respectively. During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company corrected these errors resulting in the inclusion of $135,000 of additional stock-based compensation within the consolidated statement of operations for the three months ended October 31, 2007. The Company and its Audit Committee concluded that these errors were not material to the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2007, the year ended July 31, 2007 or the estimated results for the year ending July 31, 2008, and therefore, the corrections were recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2008.
 
Principles of Consolidation
 
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Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of these financial statements requires that the Company make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. On an on-going basis, the Company evaluates its estimates, including those related to provisions for doubtful accounts, inventory, useful lives of property and equipment, useful lives of intangible assets, income taxes, and the valuation of equity instruments and contingencies, amongst others. The Company bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results could differ significantly from the estimates made by management with respect to these and other items.
 
Foreign Currency Accounting
 
While the majority of the Company’s contracts are denominated in United States dollars, the Company has operating expenses in various foreign currencies. The functional currency of the Company’s subsidiaries is the U.S. dollar. Monetary assets and liabilities are remeasured using the current exchange rate at the balance sheet date. Nonmonetary assets and liabilities and capital accounts are remeasured using historical exchange rates. Revenues and expenses are remeasured using the average exchange rates in effect during the period. Foreign currency exchange gains and losses, which have not been material to date, are included in the consolidated statements of operations.
 
Risks and Uncertainties
 
The Company is subject to all of the risks inherent in an early stage business operating in the networking and communications industry. These risks include, but are not limited to, a limited operating history, new and rapidly evolving markets, a lengthy sales cycle, dependence on the development of new products and services, unfavorable economic and market conditions, competition from larger and more established companies, limited management resources, dependence on a limited number of contract manufacturers and suppliers, and the changing nature of the networking and communications industry. Failure by the Company to anticipate or to respond adequately to technological developments in its industry, changes in customer or supplier requirements, or changes in regulatory requirements or industry standards, or any significant delays in the development or introduction of products and services, would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and operating results.
 
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
 
The reported amounts of the Company’s financial instruments including cash equivalents, short-term investments, accounts receivable and accounts payable approximate fair value due to their short maturities.
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
The Company considers all highly liquid marketable securities purchased with an original maturity of 90 days or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents is comprised of cash and sweep funds, commercial paper, and money market funds and are stated at cost, which approximates fair value.
 
Short-Term Investments
 
Short-term investments comprise marketable securities that consist primarily of corporate bonds, notes and securities, U.S. government agency securities, and commercial paper with original maturities beyond 90 days. As the Company views all securities as representing the investment of funds available for current operations, and management has the ability and intent, if necessary, to liquidate any of these investments in order to meet the Company’s liquidity needs within the next twelve months, the short-term investments are classified as current assets. The Company’s policy is to protect the value of its investment portfolio and minimize principal risk by


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earning returns based on current interest rates. All of the Company’s marketable securities are classified as available-for-sale securities in accordance with the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 115, Accounting For Certain Investments in Debt and Equity Securities and are carried at fair market value with unrealized gains and losses, net of taxes, reported as a separate component of stockholders’ equity. Realized gains and losses and declines in value of securities judged to be other than temporary are included in interest income, net, based on the specific identification method.
 
Concentrations of Credit Risk
 
Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to a concentration of credit risk include cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. The Company has not experienced any losses on its deposits of its cash and cash equivalents, and its short-term investments.
 
The Company’s accounts receivable are derived from revenue earned from customers located in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition and, generally, requires no collateral from its customers. The Company maintains a provision for doubtful accounts receivable based upon the expected collectibility of accounts receivable and to date such losses have been within management’s expectations. One customer accounted for 13.5% of accounts receivable as of July 31, 2008. No customer accounted for more than 10% of accounts receivable as of July 31, 2007. One customer accounted for 11.1%, 12.5% and 15.6% of total revenues for the years ended July 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
 
Provision for Doubtful Accounts
 
The Company records a provision for doubtful accounts based on historical experience and a detailed assessment of the collectibility of its accounts receivable. In estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts, management considers, among other factors, (i) the aging of the accounts receivable, including trends within and ratios involving the age of the accounts receivable, (ii) the Company’s historical write-offs, (iii) the credit-worthiness of each customer, (iv) the economic conditions of the customer’s industry, and (v) general economic conditions. In cases where the Company is aware of circumstances that may impair a specific customer’s ability to meet their financial obligations to it, the Company records a specific allowance against amounts due from the customer, and thereby reduces the net recognized receivable to the amount it reasonably believes will be collected.
 
Charges to the allowance for doubtful accounts were $283,000, $199,000, and $254,000 for the years ended July 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively.
 
Inventory
 
Inventory consists of hardware and related component parts and is stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is computed using the standard cost, which approximates actual cost, on a first-in, first-out basis. The Company records inventory write-downs for potentially excess inventory based on forecasted demand, economic trends and technological obsolescence of its products. At the point of loss recognition, a new, lower-cost basis for that inventory is established, and subsequent changes in facts and circumstances do not result in the restoration or increase in that newly established cost basis. Inventory write-downs are reflected as cost of product revenues and amounted to approximately $1.2 million, $1.1 million, and $0.9 million, for the years ended July 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively.
 
Deferred Costs
 
When the Company’s products have been delivered, but the product revenue associated with the arrangement has been deferred as a result of not meeting the revenue recognition criteria in SOP 97-2 (see “Revenue Recognition” below), the Company also defers the related inventory costs for the delivered items.


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Property and Equipment, Net
 
Property and equipment, net are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the shorter of the estimated useful lives of the respective assets, generally two to five years, or the lease term, if applicable. Leasehold improvements are recorded at cost with any reimbursement from the landlord being accounted for as part of rent expense using the straight-line method over the lease term.
 
Upon retirement or sale, the cost of assets disposed of and the related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and any resulting gain or loss is credited or charged to the statement of operations. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred.
 
Impairment of Long-lived Assets
 
Intangible assets with finite lives are amortized using the straight-line method over the estimated economic lives of the assets, which range from two to seven years. Long-lived assets, including intangible assets, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. Determination of recoverability is based on an estimate of undiscounted future cash flows resulting from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition. Measurement of an impairment loss for long-lived assets that management expects to hold and use are based on the fair value of the asset. The Company did not recognize impairment charges in any of the periods presented.
 
Goodwill
 
In accordance with SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”, the Company performs an annual goodwill impairment test. For purposes of impairment testing, the Company determined that it has only one reporting unit. The identification and measurement of goodwill impairment involves the estimation of the fair value of the Company. The estimates of fair value of the Company are based on the best information available as of the date of the assessment, which primarily includes the Company’s market capitalization. The Company did not recognize impairment charges in any of the periods presented.
 
Revenue Recognition
 
The Company’s networking and communications products are integrated with software that is essential to the functionality of the equipment. Further, the Company provides unspecified software upgrades and enhancements related to the equipment through support agreements. Accordingly, the Company accounts for revenue in accordance with Statement of Position No. 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition, and all related amendments and interpretations (“SOP 97-2”).
 
The Company’s revenue is derived primarily from two sources: (i) product revenue, including hardware and software products, and (ii) related professional services and support revenue. Product support typically includes software updates, on a when and if available basis, telephone and internet access to technical support personnel and hardware support. Software updates provide customers with rights to unspecified software product upgrades and to maintenance releases and patches released during the term of the support period. Revenue for support services is recognized on a straight-line basis over the support period, which typically ranges from one year to five years.
 
Typically, the Company’s sales involve multiple elements, such as sales of products that include support. When a sale involves multiple elements, the Company allocates the entire fee from the arrangement to each respective element based on its Vendor Specific Objective Evidence (“VSOE”) of fair value and recognizes revenue when each element’s revenue recognition criteria are met. VSOE of fair value for each element is established based on the price charged when the same element is sold separately. If VSOE of fair value cannot be established for the undelivered element of an agreement and the only undelivered element is support, the entire amount of revenue from the arrangement is deferred and recognized ratably over the period that the support is delivered. Prior to the


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second quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company had not established VSOE of fair value in accordance with SOP 97-2 at the outset of its arrangements. Accordingly, the Company recognized revenue on its transactions’ entire arrangement fees during this period ratably over the support period, as the only undelivered element was support.
 
Beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company established VSOE of fair value at the outset of its arrangements as it established a new support and services pricing policy, with different service and support offerings than were previously sold and began selling support services separately from its arrangements in the form of support renewals. Accordingly, beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company recognizes product revenue upon delivery using the residual method, assuming that all other revenue recognition criteria were met. As the Company has not been able to establish VSOE on its previous services and support offerings, all transactions prior to the second quarter of fiscal 2006 continue to be recognized ratably over the support period.
 
The Company recognizes revenue only when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectibility is probable. The Company evaluates each of these criteria as follows:
 
  •  Evidence of an arrangement:  Contracts and/or customer purchase orders are used to determine the existence of an arrangement.
 
  •  Delivery:  Delivery is considered to occur when the ordered equipment and the media containing the licensed programs are provided to a common carrier and title has transferred or, in the case of electronic delivery of the licensed programs, the customer is given access to download the programs. The Company recognizes revenue from indirect sales channels upon persuasive evidence provided by the reseller of a sale to the end customer.
 
  •  Fixed or determinable fee:  The Company assesses whether fees are fixed or determinable at the time of sale. The Company only considers the fee to be fixed or determinable if the fee is not subject to refund or adjustment. The Company’s payment terms may vary based on the country in which the agreement is executed and the credit standing of the individual customer, among other factors. If the arrangement fee is not fixed or determinable, revenue is recognized as amounts become due and payable. In instances where final acceptance of the product, system, or solution is specified by the customer, revenue is deferred until all acceptance criteria have been met.
 
  •  Collection is deemed probable:  Collection is deemed probable if the Company expects that the customer will be able to pay amounts under the arrangement as payments become due. If the Company determines that collection is not probable, it defers the revenue and recognizes the revenue upon cash collection.
 
Shipping charges billed to customers are included in product revenues and the related shipping costs are included in cost of product revenues.
 
Stock-Based Compensation
 
Prior to August 1, 2006, the Company accounted for stock-based employee compensation arrangements in accordance with the provisions of Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees (“APB 25”), Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Interpretation No. 44 Accounting for Certain Transactions Involving Stock Compensation, an Interpretation of APB Opinion No. 25 (“FIN 44”) and FIN 28, Accounting for Stock Appreciation Rights and Other Variable Stock Option or Award Plans , and had adopted the disclosure provisions of SFAS No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation (“SFAS 123”) and SFAS No. 148, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation — Transition and Disclosure (“SFAS 148”).
 
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Company’s financial statements for the prior periods do not reflect any restated amounts. Under SFAS 123R, the Company estimates the fair value of stock options granted using the Black-Scholes option-pricing formula and a single option award approach. The fair value is then amortized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service periods of the awards, which is generally the vesting period. This model also utilizes the fair value of common stock and requires that, at the date of grant, the Company use the expected term of the stock-based award, the expected volatility of the price of its common stock, the risk free interest rate and the expected dividend yield of its common stock to determine the estimated fair value. The Company determined the amount of stock-based compensation expense in the years ended July 31, 2008 and 2007, based on awards ultimately expected to vest, reduced for estimated forfeitures. SFAS 123R requires forfeitures to be estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates. Compensation expense includes awards granted prior to, but not yet vested as of July 31, 2006, based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the pro forma provisions of SFAS 123 and compensation expense for awards granted subsequent to July 31, 2006 based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the provisions of SFAS 123R. In addition, compensation expense includes the effects of awards modified, repurchased or cancelled since the adoption of SFAS 123R. For purposes of SFAS 123R, employee stock-based compensation related to both unvested awards granted prior to August 1, 2006 and awards granted on or after August 1, 2006 is being amortized on a straight-line basis, which is consistent with the methodology used historically for pro forma purposes under SFAS 123. See Note 12 for a further discussion of stock-based compensation.
 
The Company accounts for equity instruments issued in exchange for the receipt of goods or services from non-employees in accordance with the consensus reached by the Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) in Issue No. 96-18, Accounting for Equity Instruments that are Issued to Other Than Employees for Acquiring, or in Conjunction with Selling, Goods or Services. Costs are measured at the fair market value of the consideration received or the fair value of the equity instruments issued, whichever is more reliably measurable. The value of equity instruments issued for consideration other than employee services is determined on the earlier of the date on which there first exists a firm commitment for performance by the provider of goods or services or on the date performance is complete.
 
Capitalized Software Development Costs
 
The Company accounts for software development costs intended for sale in accordance with SFAS No. 86, Accounting for Costs of Computer Software to be Sold, Leased, or Otherwise Marketed (“SFAS 86”). SFAS 86 requires product development costs to be charged to expense as incurred until technological feasibility is attained and all other research and development activities for the hardware components of the product have been completed. Technological feasibility is attained when the planning, design and testing phase related to the development of the Company’s software has been completed and the software has been determined viable for its intended use, which typically occurs when beta testing commences. The time between the attainment of technological feasibility and the completion of software development has historically been relatively short with immaterial amounts of development costs incurred during this period. Accordingly, the Company has not capitalized any software development costs.
 
Advertising
 
All advertising costs are expensed as incurred. Advertising expenses were $306,000, $416,000, and $200,000 for the years ended July 31, 2008, 2007, and 2006, respectively.
 
Income Taxes
 
The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes in accordance with SFAS No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets are recognized for deductible


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temporary differences, along with net operating loss carryforwards, if it is more likely than not that the tax benefits will be realized. To the extent a deferred tax asset cannot be recognized under the preceding criteria, a valuation allowance is established. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled.
 
Effective August 1, 2007, the Company adopted FASB Interpretation No. 48 Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes- an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109, (“FIN 48”). This interpretation requires the Company to recognize in the consolidated financial statements only those tax positions determined to be more likely than not of being sustained. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, the Company did not record any changes to the liability for unrecognized tax benefits related to tax positions taken in prior periods, and no corresponding change in accumulated deficit. Additionally, the Company did not make any reclassifications between current taxes payable and long-term taxes payable upon adoption of FIN 48. See Note 10 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a further discussion regarding the adoption of FIN 48.
 
Comprehensive Income (Loss)
 
Comprehensive income (loss) consists of other comprehensive income (loss) and net loss. Other comprehensive income (loss) consists of gains and losses that are not recorded in the statements of operations, but instead are recorded directly to stockholders’ equity (deficit).
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157, Fair Value Measurements (“SFAS 157”), which defines fair value, establishes guidelines for measuring fair value and expands disclosures regarding fair value measurements. In February 2008, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position (“FSP”) FAS 157-1, Application of FASB Statement No. 157 to FASB Statement No. 13 and Other Accounting Pronouncements That Address Fair Value Measurements for Purposes of Lease Classification or Measurement under Statement 13, which amends SFAS No. 157 to exclude accounting pronouncements that address fair value measurements for purposes of lease classification or measurement under SFAS No. 13, Accounting for Leases. In February 2008, the FASB also issued FSP FAS 157-2, Effective Date of FASB Statement No. 157, which delays the effective date of SFAS 157 until the first quarter of fiscal 2010 for all non-financial assets and non-financial liabilities, except for items that are recognized or disclosed at fair value in the financial statements on a recurring basis (at least annually). SFAS 157 does not require any new fair value measurements but rather eliminates inconsistencies in guidance found in various prior accounting pronouncements. SFAS 157 for financial assets and financial liabilities is effective for the Company beginning on August 1, 2008. Based on the Company’s current operations, it does not expect that the adoption of SFAS 157 will have a material impact on its financial position or results of operations.
 
In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, including an amendment of FASB Statement No. 115 (“SFAS 159”). SFAS 159 permits entities to choose to measure many financial instruments and certain other items at fair value that are not currently required to be measured at fair value. Unrealized gains and losses on items for which the fair value option has been elected are reported in earnings. SFAS 159 does not affect any existing accounting literature that requires certain assets and liabilities to be carried at fair value. SFAS 159 is effective for the Company beginning on August 1, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting the provisions of SFAS 159 on its consolidated financial statements.
 
In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 141(R), Business Combinations (“SFAS 141(R)”). SFAS 141(R) establishes principles and requirements for how an acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, the goodwill acquired, and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree. This statement also establishes disclosure requirements to enable the evaluation of the


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nature and financial effect of the business combination. The Company is required to adopt SFAS 141(R) effective August 1, 2009. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of this statement.
 
In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 160, Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements (“SFAS 160”). This statement establishes accounting and reporting standards for noncontrolling interests in consolidated financial statements. SFAS 160 is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008. Early adoption is prohibited. Based on the Company’s current operations, it does not expect that the adoption of SFAS 160 will have a material impact on its financial position or results of operations.
 
In April 2008, the FASB issued a FASB Staff Position on SFAS No. 142-3, Determination of the Useful Life of Intangible Assets (“FSP FAS 142-3”). FSP FAS 142-3 amends the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under FASB Statement No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. The intent of this FSP is to improve the consistency between the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under Statement 142 and the period of expected cash flows used to measure the fair value of the asset under FASB Statement No. 141 (revised 2007), Business Combinations, and other U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. This FSP is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of this statement.
 
In May 2008, the FASB issued SFAS No. 162, The Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“SFAS 162”). SFAS 162 identifies the sources of accounting principles and the framework for selecting the principles used in the preparation of financial statements of nongovernmental entities that are presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (the GAAP hierarchy). SFAS 162 will become effective 60 days following the SEC’s approval of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board amendments to AU Section 411, The Meaning of Present Fairly in Conformity With Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Company does not expect the adoption of SFAS 162 to have a material effect on its consolidated financial statements.
 
2.   Change in Accounting Principle
 
On June 29, 2005, the FASB issued Staff Position 150-5, Issuer’s Accounting under FASB Statement No. 150 (“SFAS 150”) for Freestanding Warrants and Other Similar Instruments on Shares That Are Redeemable (“FSP 150-5”). FSP 150-5 requires the Company to classify its outstanding preferred stock warrants as liabilities on its balance sheet and record adjustments to the value of its preferred stock warrants in its statements of operations to reflect their fair value at each reporting period. The Company previously accounted for such warrants in accordance with EITF Issue No. 96-18, Accounting for Equity Instruments that are Issued to Other than Employees for Acquiring, or in Conjunction with Selling, Goods or Services (“EITF 96-18”).
 
The Company adopted FSP 150-5 in the first quarter of fiscal 2006 and recorded the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle as of August 1, 2005, which resulted in a gain of $66,000, or $0.01 per share. In fiscal 2006, the Company also recorded $667,000 of additional expense as other expense, net to reflect the increase in fair value between August 1, 2005 and July 31, 2006. In the fiscal year ended July 31, 2007, the Company recorded $9.0 million of additional expense as other expense, net to reflect the further increase in fair value between August 1, 2006 and March 30, 2007. Upon the closing of the Company’s IPO on March 30, 2007 and the associated conversion of the Company’s outstanding redeemable convertible preferred stock to common stock, the warrants to purchase shares of redeemable convertible preferred stock were converted to warrants to purchase an equivalent number of shares of the Company’s common stock and the related carrying value of such warrants was reclassified to additional paid-in-capital, and the warrants are no longer subject to remeasurement.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
3.   Acquisitions
 
AirWave Wireless, Inc.
 
On March 20, 2008, the Company completed its acquisition of AirWave Wireless, Inc. (“AirWave”). AirWave designs and sells specialized software to centrally manage large, multi-vendor wireless LAN, mesh, and WiMAX networks. The acquisition will add to the Company’s product offerings by providing a multi-vendor management solution.
 
This transaction was accounted for as a business combination and the results of the acquired business have been included in the consolidated financial statements since the date of the acquisition. The accompanying consolidated financial statements reflect the total purchase price for AirWave of approximately $24.6 million which consists of the following (in thousands):
 
         
Cash
  $ 16,326  
Common stock (1,518,774 shares at $5.17 per share)
    7,852  
Vested portion of assumed stock options
    150  
Transaction costs
    265  
         
Total consideration
  $ 24,593  
         
 
The purchase price was allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on management’s estimates of their fair values on the acquisition date. The excess of the purchase consideration over the fair value of the net assets acquired has been allocated to goodwill.
 
The following table summarizes the purchase price allocation (in thousands, except estimated useful lives):
 
             
          Estimated
          Useful Lives
 
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 560      
Current assets
    978      
Property and equipment
    96      
Non-current assets
    15      
             
Total tangible assets acquired
    1,649      
Amortizable intangible assets:
           
Existing and core technology/patents
    8,900     4 years
Customer contracts
    4,600     6 years
Support agreements
    2,700     5 years
Tradenames/trademarks
    600     5 years
Non-compete agreements
    700     2 years
Goodwill
    7,655      
             
Total assets acquired
    26,804      
Current liabilities
    (1,738 )    
Non-current liabilities
    (473 )    
             
Total liabilities assumed
    (2,211 )    
             
Total
  $ 24,593      
             
 
The purchased intangible assets have a weighted average useful life of 4.6 years from the date of acquisition.


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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
The following unaudited pro forma financial information presents the combined results of operations for the Company and AirWave as if the acquisition had occurred at August 1, 2007 or 2006. The unaudited pro forma financial information has been prepared for comparative purposes only and does not purport to be indicative of the actual operating results that would have been recorded had the acquisition actually taken place on August 1, 2007 or 2006, and should not be taken as indicative of future consolidated operating results (unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
                 
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007  
 
Revenues
  $ 183,211     $ 134,609  
Net loss
  $ (22,325 )   $ (29,682 )
Net loss per share-basic & diluted
  $ (0.28 )   $ (0.82 )
 
Network Chemistry, Inc.
 
On July 20, 2007 the Company acquired Network Chemistry, Inc.’s line of RFProtect and BlueScanner wireless security products. Network Chemistry, a privately-held company, provides solutions for automated wireless vulnerability management. The acquisition of Network Chemistry’s line of wireless security products enhances the Company’s existing offerings in the wired and wireless security space. The Company has integrated the acquired RFProtect suite of solutions into its secure mobility solutions. The combined solutions are expected to provide a comprehensive wireless security system solution for the Company’s wireless networking customers.
 
This transaction was accounted for as a business combination and the results of operations of the acquired business have been included in the consolidated financial statements since the date of acquisition. The purchase price of $4.6 million was paid in cash. Management allocated the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values on the acquisition date. The historical results of the acquired business prior to the acquisition were not material to the Company’s results of operations and, accordingly, pro forma results of operations have not been presented.
 
The following table summarizes the purchase price allocation (in thousands, except estimated useful lives):
 
             
          Estimated
          Useful Lives
 
Tangible assets acquired
  $ 140      
In-process research and development
    632      
Amortizable intangibles assets:
           
Developed technology and patents
    3,401     4 years
Customer contracts
    483     7 years
Support and non-compete agreements
    29     2 to 6 years
             
Total assets acquired
    4,685      
Liabilities assumed
    (85 )    
             
Total consideration
  $ 4,600      
             
 
In-process research and development was expensed upon acquisition because technological feasibility had not been established and no future alternative uses existed. The $632,000 allocated to in-process research and development was recorded in “In-process research and development” in the consolidated statement of operations. In-process research and development efforts as of the acquisition date related to feature enhancements and functional improvements to the underlying technology. This development project was intended to add new functionalities necessary to address evolving customer needs and drive market acceptance of the acquired products. The acquired in-process technology was at a stage of development that required further research and development


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability. Developing new products and functionalities is time-consuming, costly, and complex. Because the in-process research and development was not yet complete and not yet generating revenue and profits, there was risk that the developments would not be completed and/or not competitive with other products using alternative technologies that offer comparable functionalities. During fiscal 2008, the Company completed the in-process research and development projects, the results of which were consistent with its expectations.
 
The fair value assigned to in-process research and development was determined using the income approach, under which the Company considered the importance of products under development to its overall development plans, estimated the costs to develop the purchased in-process research and development into commercially viable products, estimated the resulting net cash flows from the products when completed and discounted the net cash flows to their present values. The Company used a discount rate of 27% in the present value calculations, which was derived from a weighted-average cost of capital analysis, adjusted to reflect additional risks related to the products’ development and success as well as the products’ stage of completion. The estimates used in valuing in-process research and development were based upon assumptions believed to be reasonable but which are inherently uncertain and unpredictable.
 
4.   Intangible Assets
 
The following table presents details of the Company’s total purchased intangible assets:
 
                             
    As of July 31, 2008  
    Estimated
  Gross
    Accumulated
    Net
 
    Useful Lives   Value     Amortization     Value  
        (In thousands)  
 
Intangible Assets, net
                           
Existing Technology
  4 years   $ 9,283     $ (1,272 )   $ 8,011  
Patents/Core Technology
  4 years     3,046       (417 )     2,629  
Customer Contracts
  6 to 7 years     5,083       (349 )     4,734  
Support Agreements
  5 to 6 years     2,717       (199 )     2,518  
Tradenames/Trademarks
  5 years     600       (44 )     556  
Non-Compete Agreements
  2 years     712       (133 )     579  
                             
Total
      $ 21,441     $ (2,414 )   $ 19,027  
                             
 
                             
    As of July 31, 2007  
    Estimated
  Gross
    Accumulated
    Net
 
    Useful Lives   Value     Amortization     Value  
        (In thousands)  
 
Intangible Assets, net
                           
Existing Technology
  4 years   $ 2,583     $ (20 )   $ 2,563  
Patents/Core Technology
  4 years     846       (7 )     839  
Customer Contracts
  7 years     483       (2 )     481  
Support Agreements
  6 years     17             17  
Non-Compete Agreements
  2 years     12             12  
                             
Total
      $ 3,941     $ (29 )   $ 3,912  
                             
 
During the years ended July 31, 2008 and 2007 the Company recorded $2.4 million and $29,000, respectively, of amortization expense related to its purchased intangible assets. There were no intangible assets as of July 31, 2006.


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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
The estimated future amortization expense of purchased intangible assets as of July 31, 2008 is as follows:
 
         
    Amount  
    (In thousands)  
 
Year Ending July 31,
       
2009
  $ 4,937  
2010
    4,804  
2011
    4,555  
2012
    2,917  
2013
    1,259  
Thereafter
    555  
         
Total
  $ 19,027  
         
 
5.   Net Loss Per Common Share
 
Basic net loss per common share is calculated by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period that are not subject to vesting provisions. Diluted net loss per common share is calculated by giving effect to all potential dilutive common shares. The following table sets forth the computation of net loss per share:
 
                         
    Years Ended July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
 
Net loss
  $ (17,124 )   $ (24,382 )   $ (12,009 )
                         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding net of weighted-average common shares subject to repurchase
    79,467       34,808       11,211  
                         
Basic and diluted net loss per common share
  $ (0.22 )   $ (0.70 )   $ (1.07 )
                         
 
The following outstanding options, common stock subject to repurchase, redeemable convertible preferred stock, restricted stock awards, redeemable convertible preferred stock warrants, and common stock warrants were excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per common share for the periods presented because including them would have had an antidilutive effect:
 
                         
    July 31,  
    2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands)  
 
Options to purchase common stock
    19,518       21,918       14,993  
Common stock subject to repurchase
    430       1,047       2,246  
Redeemable convertible preferred stock (as converted basis)
                45,108  
Restricted stock awards
    3,365       271        
Redeemable convertible preferred stock warrants (as converted basis)
                677  
Warrants to purchase common stock
          556        


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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
6.   Short-Term Investments
 
Short-term investments consist of the following:
 
                                         
          Gross
    Gross
             
    Cost
    Unrealized
    Unrealized
    Fair
       
    Basis     Gains     Losses     Value        
    (In thousands)  
 
Balance at July 31, 2008
                                       
Corporate bonds and notes
  $ 11,930     $ 5     $ (23 )   $ 11,912          
U.S. government agency securities
    44,724       19       (47 )     44,696          
Commercial paper
    7,521       1             7,522          
                                         
Total short-term investments
  $ 64,175     $ 25     $ (70 )   $ 64,130          
                                         
 
                                 
          Gross
    Gross
       
    Cost
    Unrealized
    Unrealized
    Fair
 
    Basis     Gains     Losses     Value  
    (In thousands)  
 
Balance at July 31, 2007
                               
Auction rate securities
  $ 5,209     $     $     $ 5,209  
Corporate bonds and notes
    832                   832  
U.S. government agency securities
    47,387       23             47,410  
Asset-backed securities
    4,518       5             4,523  
Commercial paper
    4,455       1             4,456  
                                 
Total short-term investments
  $ 62,401     $ 29     $     $ 62,430  
                                 
 
The cost basis and fair value of debt securities as of July 31, 2008 by contractual maturity, are presented below:
 
                 
    July 31, 2008  
    Cost
    Fair
 
    Basis     Value  
    (In thousands)  
 
One year or less
  $ 47,455     $ 47,455  
One to two years
    16,720       16,675  
                 
Total short-term investments
  $ 64,175     $ 64,130  
                 
 
As of July 31, 2008, all of the Company’s short-term investments were classified as available-for-sale and certain investments had contractual maturities of greater than one year. However, management has the ability and intent, if necessary, to liquidate any of these investments in order to meet the Company’s liquidity needs within the next twelve months. Accordingly, all investments are classified as current assets on the consolidated balance sheets.
 
The Company invests in securities that are rated investment grade or better. The Company has determined that unrealized losses are temporary as the duration of the decline in value of investments has been short, the extent of the decline, in both dollars and as a percentage of costs, is not significant, and the Company has the ability to hold the investments until recovery, if necessary.
 
Unrealized gains and losses are recorded as a component of cumulative other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders’ equity. If these investments are sold at a loss or are considered to have other than temporarily declined in value, a charge to operations is recorded. The specific identification method is used to determine the cost of securities disposed of, with realized gains and losses reflected in other income (expense), net. The Company


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recorded $22,000 in realized gains for the year ended July 31, 2008. There were no realized gains or losses recorded during fiscal 2007.
 
The following table summarizes the fair value and gross unrealized losses of the Company’s investments with unrealized losses aggregated by type of investment instrument and length of time that individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position:
 
                 
    Less than 12 Months  
    Fair
    Unrealized
 
    Value     Loss  
    (In thousands)  
 
July 31, 2008
               
Corporate bonds and notes
  $ 10,428     $ (23 )
U.S. government agencies
    26,221       (47 )
                 
Total
  $ 36,649     $ (70 )
                 
 
There were no securities in an unrealized loss position greater than twelve months as of July 31, 2008. There were no securities in an unrealized loss position as of July 31, 2007.
 
7.   Balance Sheet Components
 
The following tables provide details of selected balance sheet items:
 
                 
    July 31,
    July 31,
 
    2008     2007  
    (In thousands)  
 
Accounts Receivable, Net
               
Trade accounts receivable
  $ 33,237     $ 24,229  
Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts
    (558 )     (507 )
                 
Total
  $ 32,679     $ 23,722  
                 
 
                 
    July 31,
    July 31,
 
    2008     2007  
    (In thousands)  
 
Inventory
               
Raw materials
  $ 283     $ 543  
Work in process
    179       167  
Finished goods
    11,182       8,281  
                 
Total
  $ 11,644     $ 8,991  
                 
 
                 
    July 31,
    July 31,
 
    2008     2007  
    (In thousands)  
 
Accrued Liabilities
               
Compensation and benefits
  $ 8,768     $ 7,017  
Inventory
    1,033       3,444  
Other
    7,107       4,856  
                 
Total
  $ 16,908     $ 15,317  
                 


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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC.
 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
8.   Property and Equipment, Net
 
Property and equipment, net consists of the following: