Aruba Networks partners with Stoneware to deliver next-generation classroom Wi-Fi

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, and ArubaEdge partner, Stoneware, a manufacturer of cloud computing and classroom management software, today announced that they have teamed to deliver industry-leading Wi-Fi with new levels of classroom control and student interaction with LanSchool Lite Plus, offered exclusively to Aruba customers. 

Without a robust wireless LAN (WLAN) and the right classroom management tools, digital learning has often been a costly investment for schools, and a frustrating experience for both teachers and students. Now, using the new LanSchool Lite Plus software with an Aruba WLAN enables a digital classroom experience with the following key benefits: 

*       High-performance, cost-effective controller-less Wi-Fi for high density classrooms to ensure that students have an uninterrupted, engaging learning experience, using video and multimedia content over wireless. With faster download speeds and a reliable network connection, teachers can bring their curriculum to life. 
*       Purpose-built classroom tools to empower teachers and ensure student productivity. LanSchool Lite Plus helps teachers remove distractions and improve learning, providing them with a full view of student desktops from their own computer, so they can launch websites, block applications and keep students on task. 
*       With Aruba ClearPass BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) support, schools can create a cost-effective mix of district-issued and student/staff-owned, personal mobile devices. Schools can easily manage devices, applications and network policies to control student activity, as well as securely on-board personal and school issued devices. 

LanSchool Lite Plus is a new version of Stoneware’s award-winning LanSchool classroom management and monitoring tool that has been specifically designed for Aruba and is available immediately, free of charge, to Aruba WLAN customers. LanSchool Lite Plus gives teachers a dashboard to monitor up to 3,000 students in one view, ensuring that students use their mobile devices effectively and appropriately. In addition to the existing capabilities of the LanSchool Lite software which includes real-time computer thumbnail monitoring, full-screen view of students’ monitors and viewing of students’ active applications and last-visited websites, the new LanSchool Lite Plus for Aruba customers enables Internet co-browsing and the ability to turn web access on or off. 

Menifee Union School District, which serves approximately 9,000 students in Menifee, California, is an Aruba wireless LAN customer that is already using LanSchool and sees the potential benefits of the new Aruba LanSchool Lite Plus offering. “Our IT department loves the ease of management and our teachers appreciate how simple LanSchool is to use in the classroom,” said Steve Thornton, Director of Technology, Menifee Union School District. “Given the enhanced classroom experience we get from using LanSchool, I can imagine that more K-12 organizations like ours will be excited about the offer of LanSchool Lite Plus – free of charge – for Aruba WLAN customers.” 

“Mobility, cloud and IT security are playing an increasingly important role in our schools – they have a direct and positive impact that improves learning outcomes for students and teachers,” said Julie Smith, vice president K-12 education, CDW-G, an Aruba and Stoneware partner. “As a result, it’s critical that we offer CDW-G customers the ability to effectively manage and protect an environment that keeps students on task and gives teachers the ability to maximize learning time. LanSchool Lite Plus does that with wireless access that supports mobile devices, protects the network, and classroom management tools to support it all.” 

“Education and specifically, the K-12 sector, is an important and growing market for Aruba,” said Sylvia Hooks, Director of Product Marketing, Aruba Networks. “By combining the industry’s fastest, highest density wireless LAN with LanSchool Lite Plus classroom management, we give schools the tools to deliver a 21st century digital classroom experience that meets the needs of teachers, administrators and students alike.” She added, “Existing Aruba K-12 customers can benefit from a richer, purpose-built classroom monitoring tool at no additional cost and Aruba partners can now add value and maintain a competitive edge with a best-of-breed K-12 classroom solution.” 

“Classroom management is an important element in a digital classroom, along with the ability to deliver applications smoothly over a robust wireless network,” said Ken Quinton, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Stoneware. “Aruba and LanSchool offer best-in-breed in both these areas.” 

Aruba customers can now register to receive a free copy of LanSchool Lite Plus and learn more about the combined Aruba and LanSchool solution, at the following link: http://cloud.arubanetworks.com/products/lanschool

About Stoneware, Inc. 

Established in 2000, and acquired by Lenovo in 2012, Stoneware, Inc. is a manufacturer of cloud computing and classroom management software. Stoneware’s Unified Cloud Platform allows IT to provide users with access to their files, applications, and reports from a universal webDesktop. With the acquisition of LanSchool Technologies, LLC. in 2011, Stoneware provides award-winning classroom management and monitoring software known for being reliable, simple, and easy-to-use. 

Stoneware is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stoneware serves clients in public, commercial, manufacturing, and health care. 

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 enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.