The Impact of IoT on Enterprise Wi-Fi

The Impact of IoT on Enterprise Wi-Fi

Choose your wireless network carefully. Cloud and APs are not all created equal.

Clearly we’re not in Kansas anymore … According to IDC, the growing global Internet of Things (IoT) market is on course to hit $7.1 trillion by 2020. With the rapid rise of connected devices in the IoT landscape there is growing concern about elevated security risks associated with the sheer volume of new devices coming online. AirTight can help you plan for IoT capacity and network traffic, as well as optimal secure coverage across your site.   Read more

Hunting down the cost factors in the cloud Wi-Fi management plane

Cost

Mature cloud Wi-Fi offerings have gone through few phases already. They started with bare-bones device configuration from the cloud console and over the years matured into meaty management plane for complete Wi-Fi access, security and complementary services in the cloud. Alongside these phases of evolution, optimizing the cost of operation of the cloud backend has always been important consideration. It is critical for cloud operators and… Read More

Next generation cloud-based Wi-Fi management plane

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In early days of cloud Wi-Fi, incumbents used to say that cloud Wi-Fi was just about moving traditional controller appliances to centralized data centers. As time progressed, it became clear that this was a gross mischaracterization of cloud Wi-Fi. In the first dimension, cloud Wi-Fi would differentiate from traditional architecture by decoupling the data plane from… Read More

Controller, controller-less, cloud Wi-Fi: What does it mean to the end user?

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Wi-Fi architectures today come in three main flavors: controllers, controller-less and cloud. While vendors spar over which is the right architecture for today’s and tomorrow’s Wi-Fi, customers are mostly interested in comparing them based on their derived value.

In this blog post, we examine the economics, manageability and ease of deployment of these 3 architecture flavors. On these fronts, I have often seen the following 8 points to be most relevant to customers while making architecture choice for their Wi-Fi project.   Read more

Different Shades of Cloud Wi-Fi: Rebranded, Activated, Managed

Contrasting cloud MANAGED WiFi and cloud ACTIVATED WiFi

-Did you know that all cloud Wi-Fi’s aren’t created equal? – The race is on to put cloud in Wi-Fi Currently, the cloud managed Wi-Fi space is expanding rapidly. Naturally, Wi-Fi vendors, traditional and emerging, want to be in the cloud Wi-Fi game. Nobody wants to be without a “cloud” solution!  Controller-less Wi-Fi vendors have explicitly built cloud… Read More

How AirTight’s new network+security console tames distributed Wi-Fi

AirTight UI

As Wi-Fi deployments extend into large distributed environments, management of these Wi-Fi networks poses unique challenges. It could be the clinic-wide deployment for the medical facility running into 100’s of sites, branch-wide deployment for the bank running into 1000’s of sites, or store-wide deployment for the fast food restaurant running into 10,000’s sites. The network… Read More

Cisco’s recent acquisition shows exciting times ahead for the lead players in the cloud Wi-Fi space

Cloud Wi-Fi space

Barely two weeks after I posted my last blog discussing benefits of the true cloud Wi-Fi over the controller over WAN architecture using Cisco FlexConnect as example for the latter; news of Cisco acquiring Meraki broke out. I got a kick out of it since it showed that my inferences on Cisco FlexConnect and other… Read More

Is your cloud Wi-Fi genuine, or is it controller over WAN imitation?

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With rising popularity of the cloud Wi-Fi in the distributed Wi-Fi deployments, there is also an attempt to pass off the legacy controller technology as the cloud Wi-Fi by deploying conventional controllers over the WAN. Realizing that it is infeasible to deploy many smaller controllers in the distributed Wi-Fi deployments such as retail, remote offices,… Read More