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Aerohive Introduces Virtualized WLAN Management
Unique HiveManager Virtualization and Delegation Capabilities Benefit Managed WLAN Service Providers and Large, Distributed Enterprises
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22, 2008 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the controller-less "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today announced the introduction of Virtual HiveManager, a new feature of the company's HiveManager network management system (NMS). Virtual HiveManager extends Aerohive's existing role-based management to provide up to 50 virtual HiveManager instances, each with separate views, policies, and reporting. This enables flexible delegation of network management authority, not just by role, but also by company, business unit, and geographic location. The capability increases network management flexibility and reduces the cost of deployment, benefiting managed wireless LAN service providers and large, distributed enterprises seeking flexibility in the management of their wireless LANs.
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Aerohive's unique cooperative control wireless LAN architecture, in which the management plane is completely separate from the control plane and the data plane, makes HiveManager's virtualization possible. In addition, because Aerohive wireless LANs do not use centralized network controllers, administrators are never faced with the challenge of splitting a controller between organizations, locations, or customers.
Benefits for Managed Wireless LAN Service Providers
The Virtual HiveManager capability is ideal for creating new managed wireless LAN service revenue streams. A single HiveManager can manage multiple customers' wireless LANs, eliminating the need to deploy a separate NMS instance for each customer and amortizing the HiveManager's cost across many customers. The HiveManager can also be flexibly configured to provide each customer, via the Web, with self-service network monitoring rights, network modification rights, or full network management rights. Automatic email reporting pushes reports to each customer.
The Virtual HiveManager augments Aerohive's inherent advantages in remote site deployments to deliver the industry's leading managed service solution. Aerohive's cooperative control architecture eliminates wireless LAN controllers, reducing equipment cost, eliminating single points of failure, enabling customer deployments to be flexibly scaled, and enabling zero-configuration access point deployment - even across NAT boundaries.
"Aerohive continues to lead the wireless LAN market in technical innovation," said Shane Moore, director, business development, Excalibur Integrated Systems, a wireless technology systems integrator. "HiveManager's new virtualization and delegation capabilities enable wireless LAN resellers and service providers to easily create feature-rich and competitively priced service offerings for their customers."
Benefits for Large, Distributed Enterprises
The new HiveManager's ability to flexibly segment a wireless LAN and to delegate network management authority also benefits large, distributed enterprises by allowing customized local wireless LAN management without the expense of additional NMS appliances. Wireless LANs can be segmented to provide a company's business units, geographic locations, or buildings with separate domains. Domains can also be created by location type, such as distribution centers, warehouses, and retail stores. Finally, wireless LAN management functions may be delegated to departments or roles within a domain, such as networking, security, and help desk.
"The ability to provide virtualized wireless LAN management is yet another benefit of Aerohive's award-winning cooperative control architecture," said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive. "Virtual HiveManager uniquely delivers our resellers and partners opportunities to create new service revenues and provides enterprises with the industry's most flexible wireless LAN management solution."
Pricing and Availability
The Virtual HiveManager capability will be included in every HiveManager appliance with no additional licensing and at no additional cost when HiveManager 3.1 becomes available in August 2008.
Aerohive Networks' cooperative control enterprise wireless LAN architecture provides all the management, mobility, and security of controller-based architectures without the cost, capacity, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments. The architecture also scales easily to support 802.11n. In addition, Aerohive solutions provide the reliability and scalability necessary for mission-critical networks and are optimized for voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) applications. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com or call 408-510-6100.