Microsoft Deploys Meru Networks for a Successful WLAN Installation at the CeBIT Tradeshow in Hanover, Germany

  Microsoft Deploys Meru Networks for a Successful WLAN Installation at the
  CeBIT Tradeshow in Hanover, Germany

CeBIT 2013

Business Wire

MUNICH & HANOVER, Germany -- March 25, 2013

Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU) can now announce that software giant Microsoft
used Meru’s MobileFLEX virtual WLAN architecture during CeBIT 2013, the
largest IT tradeshow and most contentious Wi-Fi environment on Earth.

Meru’s Context-aware Application Layers (CALs) were utilized to cut through
all the other traffic at the show to provide access to the Microsoft staff,
visitors and journalists, who, at peak times, were using more than 600 mobile
devices including netbooks, tablets, smartphones and various other wireless
devices from many different manufacturers connected simultaneously. After
experiencing disappointing results the previous year with another wireless
vendor, Microsoft was very pleased with the reliability and predictability of
the Meru technology in this very challenging tradeshow environment.

German systems integrator, M.S. IT-Services GmbH selected the Meru Networks
technology while planning the wireless network for the multi-level, 3000 m^2
Microsoft stand. M.S. IT-Services GmbH, a company of the URANO Group, was
responsible for building up the network infrastructure on the stand which
included over 1,050 Ethernet ports, 24 physical and 260 virtual servers and
firewalls. Fifty Meru AP332e access points (APs) and two MC4200 controllers
deployed in redundant configuration were deployed in order to support over 600

Monika Friedrich, CeBIT Project Manager, Microsoft, was very satisfied with
the high level of traffic on the Microsoft booth, saying, “In addition to the
over 800 Microsoft staff members working on the stand we also hosted over 50
partners who built up demonstration areas to showcase the Microsoft solutions.
Already on the first day of the tradeshow we had 400 devices connected over
the wireless LAN network. This year we had a huge number of visitors from
around the world and even hosted a number of VIPs including the German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk.

“We showcased on a daily basis the Microsoft solutions in very demanding live
demonstrations on our centre stage,” Frederich continued. "It is very
important for us that these live demos run smoothly and the pre-requisite for
this if of course reliable and high-speed WLAN connectivity. Last year we had
major issues to provide connectivity without a wired connection. This year, we
are extremely pleased with the performance of the Meru technology that worked
without any hitches throughout the entire show.”

Achim Scholz, Project Manager, M.S. IT-Services, who has been responsible for
the last three years for the IT infrastructure on the Microsoft stand added,
“This year we have 26 physical and 260 virtual servers on the stand that of
course all need to be connected up via a wired connection. In the previous
years, the WLAN on the Microsoft stand caused us a great deal of headaches.
The number of wireless devices that we have to connect has grown over the last
few years dramatically. This year, thanks to the Meru technology, we had no
issues and that is impressive given that the Microsoft stand is located in
Hall 4 where we have up to 70,000 visitors per day.”

“Hall 4 is a particularly harsh environment for wireless LAN, as in this hall
we have a number of very large exhibitors who are all competing to provide a
stable WLAN to their visitors and staff. Despite all of the interference in
the air the Meru WLAN technology had everything under control,” added Heiner
Sepeur, Managing Director, URANO Informationssysteme GmbH.

“That Meru’s MobileFLEX architecture was able to meet Microsoft’s needs at the
at CeBIT, the most challenging of venues, this year, demonstrates the efficacy
of the combination of Microsoft, Meru, and our valued partner, IT-Services
GmbH,” said Srinath Sarang, Co-Founder and General Manager of Hospitality and
Entertainment at Meru.

“The support of mobile devices on the stand worked perfectly. My colleagues
and I realized straight away that the WLAN was working very well. In all of
the previous years we never had such a reliable WLAN. During the entire show
we didn’t have a single issue,” said Philip Xenos, Mobile Business Development
Manager, Pica GmbH.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, delivers and distributes best-of-breed
mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions that are easy to deploy, operate
and expand to meet enterprises ever changing mobility requirements. Meru’s
MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the market demand for higher
bandwidth and higher client densities with its innovative virtualized wireless
technology, while simultaneously simplifying device onboarding. It also offers
flexible and scalable deployment options and the unique support for
Context-aware Application Layers (CALs) or dedicated channels for different
applications and usage contexts. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in
major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education,
healthcare, and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in
Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East
and Asia Pacific. Visit or call (408) 215-5300 for more


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