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Wireless Field Day: Are you ready for Lucky Number 7?

July 28th, 2014
and #WFD7

and #WFD7

Wireless Field Day 7 (#WFD7) is just around the corner and AirTight Networks is pumped about being in the vendor line-up.  This is our third WFD and certainly won’t be our last.

You won’t want to miss our session which takes place on Wednesday, August 6 from 13:30-15:30 (Pacific time).  Most vendor presentations – including ours – are streamed live at TechFieldDay.com  Can’t make it for the live session? Keep calm and view video recordings of our presentations at your convenience.

 

Not Familiar with Wireless Field Day?

Wireless Field Day (WFD) focuses on wireless and mobility technologies, including Wi-Fi and mobile device management. This unique forum brings together the best independent thought leaders in wireless (referred to as the “delegates”) to discuss pressing issues and technology advancements with key companies in the space.

Wireless Field Day events started in 2011 and now feature two events per year. For 2014, WFD is on a first and third quarter cycle.  

Wireless Field DayWFD6: January 29-31, 2014,   view full archive

Read AirTight’s WFD6 recap blog which includes select SlideShare and video materials.  For the complete set of AirTight WFD6 videos, visit the Tech Field Day archives.  

You may also enjoy the “WFD5 Balloon Heist”.

#WFD7:  August 6-8, 2014  (live and on-demand)

   

What Topics are Covered at WFD?

Wireless Field Day covers many diverse topics that are of interest to our delegates and their audience. In the past, companies have discussed the following areas:

  • Wi-Fi access point technology and implementation
  • Mobile device management, BYOD, and mobility issues
  • Spectrum analysis and site surveying
  • RFID and the “connected world”

For WFD6, AirTight had a mostly Managed Services Provider (MSP) themed set of presentations and demos.  #WFD7 will see AirTight expand on these topics in more depth.

 

On The Fly Wi-Fi

In an upcoming webcast episode of On The Fly Wi-Fi, Mike Leibovitz @MikeLeibovitz is turning the cameras around and chatting with Wireless Field Day 7 event organizers Stephen Foskett @SFoskett and Tom Hollingsworth @networkingnerd.

 

The Delegates have Spoken

In preparation for WFD7, some delegates have questions, make specific requests and also offer up some sound advice.

  • In his virtual mystic voice, Lee Badman sings his WFD7 predictions in “The Great Wireless Field Day 7 Blog” – even going so far as invoking Mr. Mojo Risin’ and the magical properties of the blue bus.  For Lee and the other delegates, we promise a great ride and some Wi-Fi mojo.  As for the online viewers, you’ll have to experience the mojo vicariously through the delegate blogs and Twitter chatter #WFD7.
    • Jennifer is great at capturing Wi-Fi in action as evidenced in Delta Wi-Fi.
First time seeing an actual #WiFi light on the overhead display! @delta  |  via @JenniferLucille

First time seeing an actual #WiFi light on the overhead display! @delta | via @JenniferLucille

 

Our personal Blake Krone favorite  - notice the cute extras

Our personal Blake Krone favorite – notice the cute extras

Blake Krone differs from Jennifer in his approach to photos.  Blake is the action – can he outdo himself in the selfie and photobomb department?  With all the WFD7 Wi-Fi royalty on hand, he should have no trouble finding a memorable opportunity.

  • Can you say Cisco groupie?

 

All kidding aside, especially worth highlighting are 2 excerpts from “Preparing for Wireless Field Day 7” by Keith Parsons:

Reminder for vendors prepping for Wireless Tech Field Day coming up soon. Prepare for a technical audience!

Reminder for vendors prepping for Wireless Tech Field Day coming up soon. Prepare for a technical audience!

 

Focus on the technology

 

“Each of the sponsoring vendors has unique properties and technologies that set them apart from the competition – let us see those and help the delegates as well as all the video audience to see and experience those features!”

 

and nothing but the technology!

 

“If there is anything controversial about your company or products or technology, acknowledge it, and move on. It is all about the technology – that is what everyone comes to see.”

 

And that’s what we plan to do.

 

#WFD7:  Helium on the horizon?

Are you ready for Lucky Number 7?  We are.

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ACTS 2014 – On the Road Again (Dallas, TX)

May 11th, 2014
ACTS Dallas

Register for ACTS Dallas!

Our ACTS 2014 Cloud W-Fi and Security roadshow continues, with the next stop in Dallas, TX on May 22, 2014, 2 pm to 6 pm.

ACTS (AirTight Cloud Technology Symposium) is a great way to interact with AirTight experts and your peers, learn about cool new cloud Wi-Fi / WIPS technologies and have a good time afterwards.

Who should attend?

CIOs, CMOs, IT managers and directors, marketing managers and technologists, IT solution architects, IT resellers, compliance officers, and information security professionals.

What will you learn?

You will learn about the latest developments in cloud Wi-Fi, how to turn Wi-Fi from a cost center to a business driver, and why and how to protect your organization from wireless threats. You will also hear from your peers about what they are doing to solve wireless challenges in a distributed enterprise environment.

For more information and to register, visit: http://go.airtightnetworks.com/ACTS2014Dallas

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Get Soaked in the Future of Wi-Fi

September 5th, 2013

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AirTight Networks is armed with Wi-Fi of the future, and blasting the message out through social media.

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Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a disconnect in the Wi-Fi industry whereby vendors build and sell their products based on hardware capabilities, tech specs, and geeky feature sets while customers ultimately evaluate products based on how the solution fits with their organizational objectives? That’s a problem.

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The Wi-Fi market is on the cusp of a second-wind of tremendous growth that will be driven by focusing product solutions on the tailored needs of customers in every vertical market.  However, this is a departure from the status-quo as historically the Wi-Fi market has grown by pushing products (not solutions) based on the latest hardware enhancements and improvements in speed that have come with each iteration of the 802.11 standard. But that model is breaking down as the technology matures, and hardware differentiation alone is very minimal. And customers are demanding more tailored solutions as their own markets evolve into a mobile-enabled workforce and customer experience.

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AirTight is Making Enterprise Wi-Fi Fun Again

August 19th, 2013

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Complicated - Simple signAnyone who knows me knows that I’m always looking way ahead, and it’s my opinion that AirTight Networks is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a major confluence of forthcoming Wi-Fi market changes and requirements. With

1) a scalable, plug-n-play, API-enabled, elastic cloud,

2) controller-less technology,

3) innovative and industry-leading security offerings, and

4) cost-effective, high-performance, feature-rich access points,

no other vendor is as well-positioned to take on managed services, plug-n-play enterprise Wi-Fi, and a wide variety of cloud services.

The need for uncompromising, flexible, and robust security (without the complexity that’s normally associated with it) has become a top-of-mind issue, and AirTight is the unmistakable leader in this area.

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The Future of Enterprise WLAN in 2013 and Beyond

April 9th, 2013

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If predictions from leading technology analyst firms are to be believed, the worldwide Wi-Fi market will continue to grow.

Dell’Oro estimates the Wi-Fi market to grow to $9.9 billion by 2016 of which the enterprise WLAN segment alone is estimated to be over $5 billion in revenues.

Gartner anticipates an even faster growth for the enterprise WLAN segment, with spending expected to reach $7.9 billion in 2016.

Here are a few trends (some of which are already happening!), which will go hand-in-hand with this next wave of massive growth in the enterprise WLAN market.

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A growing number of enterprises will want to extend their Wi-Fi rollout across remote locations, e.g., branch offices, retail stores, distribution centers, restaurants, and the list could go on. The key challenge then would be to have centralized visibility and management of the entire deployment—ideally from a single console.

Controlled in the cloudThis trend will make the traditional controller-based architecture outdated sooner than later because it was not designed to manage Wi-Fi networks across geographically distributed sites. It’s too complex, costly, and does not scale. The change of guards is evidenced in the number of recent announcements by controller-based WLAN vendors. Some are hiding the controller in the cloud, some are hiding them in arrays, some are saying that they are giving customers a “choice” to turn it off (without telling them what functions will stop working without it!), while some are simply giving their marketing a “controller-less” spin. Unfortunately, you can’t turn a fork into a spoon overnight to eat soup instead of spaghetti! Or maybe you can! ;-)

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Network World: Gartner slams Cisco’s single vendor network vision

January 31st, 2011

I meant to publish something when I first saw this article in Network World.   Apparently Gartner debunks the myth that a single vendor network solution is more cost effective and easier to manage.   Pretty strong statement by Gartner and there were some pretty strong reactions if you look at the comments on the Network World site.

In a Wi-Fi world, I think Gartner’s analysis is especially true. With the availability of controller-less and cloud based Wi-Fi solutions, Cisco’s pricing and complexity is more than some are willing to accept.  Branch offices don’t need the same expensive Cisco WiFi infrastructure to support hot spot or in store WiFi applications.  And in Cisco’s case, even the first generation (or two)  of the “single vendor” approach is often a sum of parts collected in an M&A spree. Because nothing was really designed to work together in the first place, adding additional capabilities to the WLAN such as security, compliance scanning,  performance and disagnostics often requires another “box”, additional licenses, and lets not forget the maintenance. 

Sounds like Gartner touched a nerve. Maybe customers are tired of paying a premuim for something that requires even more  IT  resources to manage day-to-day?  Show me hard savings NOW.  Not some fuzzy ROI over the next couple years.

Love to hear what others think.

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