Sandia National Laboratories Provides Secure Wireless Lan Access To All Its Employees With The Trapeze Mobility System

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Dec. 13, 2004 – Trapeze Networksâ„?, today announced that Sandia National Laboratories, a major research and development laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, has implemented Trapeze’s wireless LAN Mobility Systemâ„? for wireless access throughout its Livermore campus.

A couple of years ago Mark Mitchell, Principal Technologist at Sandia National Laboratories, started getting requests from his computing research group to add wireless LAN access to the Sandia campus. Because Sandia is a multi-program lab that performs national defense R&D and works on energy and environment projects, Mitchell was a bit apprehensive about deploying a full-scale wireless LAN. He initially deployed wireless in a few locations on campus using Cisco access points (APs).

Once the next generation of wireless products started to emerge, Mitchell began testing products from other vendors – from startups like Trapeze to the large, incumbent networking companies. He wanted a wireless LAN system that would support a thin AP architecture, locate and suppress rogue APs, handle multiple VLANs, and feature 802.11 a/b/g radios.

Ultimately, Mitchell ended up replacing the “fat” Cisco APs with the Trapeze Mobility System. He chose Trapeze based on security considerations, the responsiveness of the technical support group, the price/performance gain and the time-saving capabilities of the RingMaster planning and management tool suite.

“The Cisco wireless gear posed a security risk because all the information is stored on the APs”, said Mitchell. “The Trapeze architecture is inherently more secure than anything we tested. The value of the Trapeze Mobility System, and the myriad of features that are built into it, are absolutely without peer.”

The Trapeze wireless LAN Mobility System has proven to be a huge hit with the Sandia employees, providing mobility and productivity gains to those that use the system. A majority of employees now use the Trapeze’s Mobility System for accessing the Internet and checking email during meetings and on the run. Recently, the on-campus medical department developed specialized applications for tablet PCs that enable physicians to download the latest vital patient information in real time, while ensuring full compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.

“I am truly impressed by all the amazing breakthrough wireless capabilities Trapeze has built into the Mobility System,” noted Mitchell. “We pride ourselves on being in the forefront of the technology curve and Trapeze is the type of company we can rely on to help us make advancements in the way we do research.” About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks delivers the power of business applications and services to the mobile enterprise workforce. The company’s wireless LAN Mobility System enhances productivity, introduces new efficiencies and accelerates business response time by delivering secure mobility for roaming users and sophisticated services for both users and IT, all while offering the lowest total cost of ownership of any WLAN infrastructure provider. Trapeze has been the recipient of seven industry awards in recognition of its product and technology strength. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze raised $50 million in venture funding to date and is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A. For more information, please visit

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