|[February 26, 2014]
Emirates Palace Completes Landmark Wireless Deployment; Becomes First Hotel in Middle East to Deploy Gigabit Wi-Fi
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --(Business Wire)--
Aruba Networks (News - Alert), Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of
next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise,
today announced that Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, one of the world's
most prestigious hotels, is the first hotel in the Middle East to deploy
a 802.11ac wireless network allowing guests to use gigabit Wi-Fi across
the sprawling property. This landmark implementation, by MDS UAE, a
leading IT service Company in UAE, leverages Aruba Networks' 802.11ac
and advanced security solutions.
Commenting on his organization's decision to adopt the latest in
wireless networking technologies, Mehmet Akdeniz, Director of IT and AV
at Emirates Palace said, "We remain deeply committed to offering our
guests a truly remarkable experience. When we noticed that guest usage
of bandwidth-hungry mobile applications was becoming a norm, we
committed to deploying a solution that would meet their high
expectations for the next four to five years. This is why we opted for
Aruba's gigabit Wi-Fi solution."
Guided by MDS UAE through a six-month selection period, Akdeniz and his
team evaluated solutions from Aruba Networks along with other wireless
networking vendors. Aruba stood out by offering the most suitable
802.11ac technology for Emirates Palace. The Aruba 802.11ac solution,
which includes the Aruba
220 Series Access Points, Aruba Mobility Controllers and the
company's patented ClientMatch™
technology, delivered the capabilities, functionality, high degree of
security and effortless integration with the hotel's newly deployed
wired infrastructure that Akdeniz and his team required.
Emirates Palace deployed an Aruba 7220 series Mobility Controller and
over 1000 Aruba AP-225 wireless access points across the expansive
property about two months period to avoid inconvenience to guests. The
hotel also implemented Aruba's AirWave
Network Management platform, which delivers visibility into all
devices and connections on the wireless network thus allowing
administrators to proactively plan for capacity, visualize client
performance and troubleshoot application issues.
Akdeniz said, "Having a highly regarded Aruba Platinum Partner carry out
the implementation was a huge benefit to us. Even industry-leading
technology is only as good as its implementation and MDS UAE ensured
that the entire system was configured for optimal performance."
While the most noticeable benefit of the new system was the increase in
capacity from 54Mbps to 1.3Gbps, the centralized nature of the solution
proved to be an appealing feature for the IT team. The Aruba 7220 series
Mobility Controller has completely eliminated manual configuration of
individual access points and has even automated software updates of all
the Aruba 225 APs. Furthermore, with solution features such as white
list co-ordination, valid AP lists, control plane security (CPsec)
certificates and wireless intrusion detection and coordination, Emirates
Palace has now achieved the highest level of security for its wireless
Through the controller's intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI),
administrators can make rapid changes to the network and its security
settings. This has enabled a high degree of customization of the network
which is required to meet the specific needs of each high-profile
meeting and conference that the prestigious venue hosts. Akdeniz
elaborated, "We no longer waste precious manpower tending to labor
intensive processes. Everything is easily managed from one location and
our newfound visibility into every element of the network has enabled
proactive troubleshooting and thus, drastically improved our reaction
time. Complaints about poor network performance have virtually
disappeared and our business customers are often amazed to find how
quickly we can accommodate their connectivity requirements."
Akdeniz believes that the Aruba solution will now allow the hotel to
deliver new features and capabilities to its guests. While the wireless
infrastructure is currently used to support Internet services, point of
sales and digital signage, the new network can allow a complete range of
cutting-edge guest services. Emirates Palace already has plans under way
to offer IPTV (News - Alert), online gaming for children, Internet music streaming and
smart device-controlled operation of in-room entertainment. All of these
services will rely heavily on the abundant availability of bandwidth -
something that the Aruba Networks 802.11ac solution will provide for the
"In the hospitality sector today, simply providing wireless is
practically a given. But not all wireless is equal and this is something
that our guests will be able to recognize instantly. We now have a
solution that enables us to improve their experience in ways that they
have not even considered as of yet. This is the kind of service
excellence that Emirates Palace is synonymous with and we are happy to
say that Aruba has been an enabler of our success," concluded Akdeniz.
About Emirates Palace
Built as an iconic landmark showcasing Arabian culture at its finest,
Emirates Palace, managed by Kempinski, has created an enviable niche in
luxury hospitality. Welcoming world leaders, business travelers and
holiday-makers from around the world, Emirates Palace offers a memorable
and unique experience unparalleled in Abu Dhabi through contemporary
facilities and personalized service.
Situated on 1.3 km of private beach, Emirates Palace comprises 394 rooms
and suites carefully designed and furnished to offer guests superior
comfort and luxury. With spectacular views of the manicured lawns or the
glistening blue waves of the Arabian Sea, every room promises a palatial
experience. A variety of fifteen award winning dining options highlight
cuisine from around the world. The resort's leisure facilities include
two outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, an Anantara spa,
tennis courts, a marina and state of the art fitness centers.
Emirates Palace is the premier meeting and conference destination in Abu
Dhabi, attracting business drivers and influential decision makers from
around the world. Within a total meeting and conference space exceeding
23,000 square feet, Emirates Palace plays host to a spectacular cultural
calendar including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the best in world
sports action the annual Coutts Polo at the Palace.
About Kempinski Hotels:
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe's oldest luxury hotel group.
Kempinski's rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb
hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its
properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels
in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success
of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage.
The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning
urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences.
Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski
while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a
founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA): the world's largest
alliance of independent hotels.
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
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Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more,
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