Meru Networks has announced the availability of Meru XPress Cloud, a controller-less 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution featuring cloud-based management that is purpose-built for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and distributed enterprises.
The XPress Cloud portfolio includes the new Meru XP8i access point, with management software hosted by Meru and delivered through highly-secure data centre providers worldwide. With Meru XPress Cloud, only network management traffic traverses the cloud; all corporate data remains behind the firewall.
“The Meru XPress Cloud Wi-Fi network was incredibly easy to set up compared to the Aruba System we replaced,” according to Jeremy Carr, CIO of InQuest Technologies, Inc. “Our wireless LAN has been running great since we made the switch. Access to the XPress Cloud management platform has made it easier than ever to monitor the wireless devices on our network and the performance of each access point.”
Tailor-made for SMEs
SMEs globally account for approximately 95% of private sector firms and employ over two-thirds of workers, many of whom bring or are issued multiple mobile devices for use in the office. Supporting the increasingly high density of mobile devices in the workplace is a critical business function, not achievable by the consumer-grade Wi-Fi solutions in use by many smaller organisations today, according to Meru.
“Smaller businesses require the same high levels of performance and security that enterprises do, though IT support levels are typically much lower,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research. “Meru XPress Cloud is designed to give SMEs enterprise-grade capabilities, with ease-of-use and intuitive management specifically designed to meet their needs.”
Ease of deployment
XPress Cloud is designed to be easily deployed by general office staff with little or no IT experience. Only a PoE-capable Ethernet switch or an optional external power supply, along with a basic Internet connection are required to have an enterprise-grade wireless network up and running in minutes.
The high-performance, two-radio, 2X2, 802.11ac Meru XP8i offers zero-touch provisioning, with automated channel and power selection capabilities enabling instant self-configuration. Meru XPress Cloud also features an integrated captive portal for secure on-boarding of employee and guest devices.
Channel-enabled acquisition and deployment options
XPress Cloud is available through authorised Meru channel partners and features management portal customisation, enabling partner-branded offerings. Meru gives customers two options for the acquisition of XPress Cloud, with XP8i access points available for purchase upfront, or available on a Wi-Fi-as-a-Service (WaaS), subscription basis. Monthly management and monitoring license fees apply.
“We’ve worked closely with small-to-medium enterprises around the world to understand what they need to meet their unique business demands,” said Don Trimble, vice president of SME Cloud Sales at Meru. “These findings, combined with our experience in the design of enterprise-grade WLAN solutions, led to Meru XPress Cloud – a high-performance offering that brings affordability, ease of deployment and scalability to the SME and distributed enterprise markets.”
Pricing and availability
XPress Cloud is available now and is priced at US list $695 for the XP8i access point and US list $135 per access point, annually, for the cloud management license. WaaS subscription pricing includes the XP8i access point and management license and varies based on the term selected. All prices include 24x7 support, advance replacement and software updates.