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Isilion and Aruba’s public debut

si Team
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
si Team
Keerti Melkote founded wireless LAN switch start-up Aruba Networks went public on March 27 2006, and its initial stock price surged by nearly 30 percent in the first day of trading on the Nasdaq exchange. Aruba offered 8 million shares, priced at $11 per share. With a Nasdaq ticker symbol ‘ARUN,’ the stock opened at $14. The stock closed at $13.5 on April 30, 2006.

The Sunnyvale, CA-based company—which lists Google, the U.S. Air Force and Ohio State University among its customers—provides secure access to data, voice and video applications across wireless and wireline networks. Some estimates project the global WLAN market will rise from about $1.5 billion today to between $3 billion and US$4 billion in the next four years.

The company reported a net loss of $11.7 million for the six months ending January 31, 2007, and revenue of $51.1 million. Over the 12 months ending July 31, 2006, Aruba Networks reported a net loss of $12 million and revenue of $72.5 million. While Aruba Networks’ bottom line is in the red, its revenue is improving.

Last December, Isilon Systems joined the growing list of storage vendors to go public and received a warm welcome from investors. Isilon (NASDAQ:ISLN) skyrocketed in its stock market debut On December 15, 2006, with shares rising 77 percent in the best opening performance for a technology IPO in more than six years.

The Seattle digital storage company took off with a bang from the moment it started trading, with an opening price of $25 per share—close to double the $13 offering price.

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