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2 Wi-Fi vendors adding cloud-based networking

John Cox | Jan. 18, 2011
Two wireless LAN vendors are adding wired connectivity to their Wi-Fi offerings, to create managed, cloud-based networking services for a range of enterprise customers.

In fall 2009, Aerohive released its own Web-based wireless LAN offering, HiveManager Online, a cloud-based version of the WLAN management application to manage Wi-Fi networks in branch offices and small to medium businesses. Aerohive's WLAN architecture eliminates separate controllers by in effect distributing control functions to the access points and the cloud-based management software.

Aerohive executives are saying they'll simply blend the relevant software code from both platforms into a new release of Aerohive's HiveOS systems software. The result will be local Wi-Fi access points linked, for example, to a branch office router with a WAN connection, offering office clients full routing and VPN capabilities, secure connections and a cloud-based Web management interface to administer, configure and provision the networks.

Aerohive will offer two routers based on the Pareto model: the BranchRouter (BR) 100, aimed at telecommuters, and the BR 200, intended as a branch office gateway. Also in the works: a cloud-based VPN concentrator that will run as an instance on a VMware virtual server.

The new HiveOS software, with the integrated Pareto code, and the routers will be available during the second quarter, according to Aerohive executives.

Pricing has not yet been finalized. Aerohive's offering includes purchase of its access point, and then payment of an annual subscription fee, while Pareto had no capital costs at all.

 

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