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Lawson Rings Up Business Process Improvements Using Networking and Management Solutions from Aruba and Uniadex

Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi, Virtual Branch Networking, and AirWave Wireless Management Suite Support An Increasingly Mobile Workforce

Sunday, January 17, 2010 9:10 pm PST

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that Lawson – Japan’s innovative leader in convenience store chains – is using Aruba’s solutions to provide ubiquitous, highly secure access to corporate applications by its increasingly mobile corporate workforce. Established in 1975, Lawson has over 9,800 retail convenience stores throughout Japan and China, and more than 5,200 employees. Under its “Lawson 3.0” business process improvement initiative, Lawson is using Aruba’s 802.11n wireless LANs to access its new unified communication system, and Aruba’s Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) solution for its teleworker program. Both the wireless LAN and VBN systems are centrally monitored by the AirWave Management Platform (AMP).

“Business process improvements drive profitability in the retail market, and the Lawson 3.0 initiative in which Aruba is participating uses our advanced IT systems to gather, process, and disseminate business- and user-critical information,” said Yoichi Yokomizo, Lawson’s CIO and Director of IT Station. “To make this system work across thousands of locations it has to be centrally managed, exceptionally reliable, PCI compliant, and simple to use without extensive employee training. Our internal surveys show 100% user satisfaction with the Aruba deployments, and note that ease of use and user productivity gains are particularly impressive.”

The initial wireless LAN deployments were completed in March 2009 by Aruba’s authorized partner, Uniadex, and include 3000 and 6000 Series Mobility Controllers and AP-125 802.11n Access Points installed at Lawson’s headquarters and 133 branch and district offices. The wireless LAN supports data, voice, and video applications.

Lawson’s wireless LAN is compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) Version 1.2, which defines security guidelines for merchants and service providers that store, process and transmit cardholder data. Firewalls, encryption, authentication, and wireless intrusion detection are mandated in the standard for use with all wireless LANs, and these features are provided by Aruba’s Mobility Controllers and AMP. A white paper on PCI compliance, Security Is In The Air, can be downloaded from Aruba’s Web site.

Subsequent to the wireless deployment, Lawson launched a broad teleworker initiative using Aruba’s VBN solution to minimize the cost and complexity of the program. Teleworkers are provided with inexpensive RAP-2WG Remote Access Points, which provide secure, authenticated remote access to Lawson’s data center. Controllers in the data center handle all VBN-related configuration, management, and security tasks. Centralizing these services in the controllers simplifies the design and installation of the RAPs. By enabling employees to work from home, with the same secure access to corporate resources as they would have in the office, the teleworker program is expected to achieve significant carbon footprint and real estate cost savings.

“VBN is simple to deploy and easy for our teleworkers to use,” continued Yokomizo. “They need only plug in a RAP-2WG and turn on their laptops to be securely connected to our corporate network. Indeed, the network experience in the corporate offices, branches, and at home is exactly the same – we didn’t need to retrain users. And since VBN is interoperable with our corporate authentication infrastructure, we didn’t need to make extensive infrastructure changes to support our teleworker program.”

A free VBN solution guide is available on-line from Aruba’s Web site.

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

  • Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi reduces both capital and operating expenses;
  • Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
  • Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters, and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to applications;
  • Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its competitors.

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our secure mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. 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 For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter, Facebook, or the Green Island News Blog.

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