November 10, 2009

Wi-Fi Management in the Cloud

  • A Webtorials Analyst Division Special featuring Joanie Wexler
A hot new trend in Wi-Fi is for WLAN systems makers and resellers to host Wi-Fi management services in the cloud. The idea is to minimize enterprises' on-site expenses so they can afford to ramp up their Wi-Fi rollouts. Such services move management servers and appliances and, where relevant, WLAN controller functions into the cloud so that you don¹t have to house, administer and update any equipment other than access points (APs). You buy and install the APs and, other than that, just pay between $60 and $110 per AP in a yearly service charge.

The latest company to make such a service available is Aerohive. The company's vice president of product management, Adam Conway, sat down recently with Webtorials analyst Joanie Wexler, and chatted about the "Wi-Fi in the cloud" trend and Aerohive's offering.

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