Aruba Networks Listed Among Top Finalists for the 2012 Microsoft Communications Technology Partner of the Year Award

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced it has been selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Communications Technology Partner of the Year Award.

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide. The Communications Technology Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who is helping customers to advance their businesses by building communications products and/or applications on the Microsoft Lync platform. This solution integrated communications across a wide range of business processes and productivity tools (such as end-user devices, voice and video solution, and communications-enabled business process (CEBPs)). It solved customer business challenges by increasing efficiency, enhancing features and functionality, or by extending the existing products with unique add-ons.

“We are excited that Microsoft has recognized Aruba’s significant achievements by naming us a finalist for Communications Technology Partner of the Year,” said Keerti Melkote, Chief Technology Officer for Aruba Networks. “We worked closely with Microsoft, optimizing the Aruba MOVE architecture to deliver a dependable unified communications experience for mobile devices operating on Wi-Fi networks. Customer response has been enthusiastic, and we’re pleased that Microsoft has acknowledged our efforts.”

“We are proud to recognize our 2012 Partner Award finalists for their outstanding commitments to solving customer challenges,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “Our partners are critical to our success as a company, and it is their creativity and innovative thinking in solving the unique needs of our customers that serves as the foundation for mutual, long-term success. We congratulate this year’s finalists on their achievements and look forward to following their continued success in the future.”

In June of 2011, Aruba announced that it had completed testing that demonstrated the MOVE architecture’s ability to deliver wire-like performance for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 over Wi-Fi. The tests showed up to a 75% better voice and video performance for Microsoft Lync Server with Aruba as compared to an equivalent Cisco Wi-Fi network. The degree of improvement was calculated from mean opinion scores (MOS) after rigorous testing by Aruba and Microsoft, using Microsoft testing and evaluation criteria. This performance advantage for Lync Server users is due to unique Aruba Wi-Fi technology that will identify Microsoft Lync traffic and characterize its use in real-time. This traffic-awareness is then used to optimize RF and network settings to improve voice and video performance, even in congested networks.

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

For more information about the Microsoft Partner Awards, please visit the following link: www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/partnernetwork

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks dramatically improves productivity and lowers capital and operational costs.

Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook.

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Contacts:

Aruba Networks, Inc.
Dayle Hall, +1-408-754-8059
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
dhall@arubanetworks.com
or
LSH Communications for Aruba Networks
Lori Hultin, +1-818-879-4651
Principal
lhultin@arubanetworks.com
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