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  • 20 May 2019 13:14

Aruba helps Presbyterian Ladies College prepare for top marks ahead of 2020 NAPLAN tests

• PLC Melbourne deploys Aruba User Experience Insight to continuously monitor network connectivity and performance • The solutions allows PLC to proactively simulate real-world digital experiences such as NAPLAN tests • PLC Melbourne plans to be 100% Aruba wireless in 2019 to ensure systems are optimised and future-proofed

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. MAY 20, 2019 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that leading Australian school, Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Melbourne has chosen to work with the company to provide greater visibility into its network performance with Aruba User Experience Insight.

Launched into the Australian market in November 2018, the solution enables IT teams responsible for managing networks, such as office spaces, healthcare facilities and schools, to simulate real-world network usage experiences. User Experience Insight is comprised of a sensor and an online dashboard that allows businesses to test and continually monitor the end-user experience of a network to guarantee reliable performance when users need it most.

The partnership comes at a critical time for PLC, as they along with thousands of K-12 institutions in Australia prepare to take part in the NAPLAN testing online in 2020. To prepare for this, PLC has been undergoing a digital transformation project with Aruba over the past 12 months to diagnose, address and verify its systems to support Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students through digital NAPLAN tests well ahead of the 2020 deadline. “Our Junior School’s ICT and AV infrastructure has recently been rebuilt to incorporate a range of Aruba solutions including User Experience Insight, and it has been performing exceptionally well since the install,” said Brenton Harty, Director of ICT from PLC. “We took the network rebuild as an opportunity to upgrade to a solution that would give us the coverage and capacity we needed to support our wireless network now and for many years to come. The developments will continue, and our goal is to be 100% Aruba wireless across our campus in 2019 to ensure that our systems are optimised and future-proofed in an era of online NAPLAN tests, IoT and BYOD.”

PLC utilised the pre-prepared NAPLAN tests available on its User Experience Insight dashboard. The simulation of students using the network to do the online NAPLAN test examined if the existing PLC infrastructure could manage the extra burden of so many students online at one time, in the physical location where students would connect, and identify any weak links in the network.

After running the simulated NAPLAN tests, PLC were presented with a detailed report about the state of their network. The report identified any applications or infrastructure that were struggling to perform due to the increased network demands, and were then prompted on how to address the problem. To prepare for online NAPLAN tests in 2020, PLC have tested and assessed their network in advance, and in the future have the capability to monitor performance during the examination as it happens to easily identify and troubleshoot issues in real-time if needed.

“For schools, being able to ensure network stability during testing periods such as online NAPLAN tests, is absolutely vital,” explains Anthony Smith, Director, Aruba South Pacific. “If the network isn’t stable and drops out during testing, it could have a direct impact on the student’s results and could ultimately affect the school’s overall grading. We’re delighted to be working with PLC to ensure they have a secure and reliable network to support them on their journey to online NAPLAN testing.”

Since its availability in the local market, schools have been eager to take advantage of the benefits of User Experience Insight. Forty Australian customers, including PLC Melbourne and Donvale Christian College in Victoria have rolled out technology since Q4 2018, continuing Aruba’s momentum and growth in the local education sector.

User Experience Insight provides in-built tests, such as the NAPLAN test, and also allows users to create their own based on the needs of their network and end users. By investigating network performance ahead of any critical usage times, users can troubleshoot any future IT issues immediately, and get back to doing business faster.

“Aruba offers a number of tools that can show how a network is behaving, but User Experience Insight goes one step further to truly represent what the customer is experiencing as an end user,” said Smith. “This solution delivers valuable insights into how users are accessing applications, as well as their experience of actually getting on to the network and delivers a holistic view of the network’s performance”.

A vendor agnostic solution, User Experience Insight is designed to work across any environment, aiming to give customers piece of mind that the entire network pathway is optimised, and capable of supporting any increased demand.

For more information on Aruba User Experience Insight, visit www.arubanetworks.com

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About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

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