Aruba Networks partner, Matrix CNI, will deploy 802.11ac Wi-Fi for the Australian Catholic Education Office in Sydney.
The roll out covers 39 secondary schools and connects about 30,000 students. According to Aruba, it is one of the biggest 802.11ac deployments to date.
Aruba was chosen after the Catholic Education Office conducted an extensive review of its existing wireless network, based on Cisco.
Catholic Education Office CTO, Milton Scott, said it embraced 802.11n-based Wi-Fi network about five years ago, but since then demand for Wi-Fi across its network had grown exponentially.
“We have also seen a significant shift in both the type and number of devices seeking access to the network,” Scott said.
As a result, the existing 802.11n infrastructure was not coping with this demand and access was restricted to notebooks that could access 802.11n at 5Ghz.
The Aruba-based technology was initially rolled out to nine schools and its head office, with the implementation spanning five days. The installation was completed for an additional 30 schools over a 10-day period in late September.
Scott noted one of the most critical features of Aruba was its ClearPass Access Management System, which allows them to securely connect any approved user via a single sign-on to the identity management system.
It can also create and enforce policies that extend across the network to devices and applications, providing total control over mobility services.
“We are confident in going with Aruba’s purpose-built access points, as our past experience with the 802.11n network showed that arguments for a modular approach were not justified. We learnt from that, and the successful implementation has proven that we were far better off upgrading to purpose-built Aruba access points that feature the latest components, antennas and processors,” he said.