Aerohive introduces first software defined LAN Wi-Fi solution

SD-LAN builds on software defined network capabilities developed for the data centre and WANs to provide a more adaptable, secure, and cost-effective approach to wireless and wired access networks for enterprises

Aerohive introduces first software defined LAN Wi-Fi solution

Aerohive Networks has unveiled a solution for the Software Defined LAN (SD-LAN), which it says redefines the access layer with flexible wireless and wired networking capabilities.

Aerohive claimed it is leading the shift to SD-LAN in the enterprise and is the first to deliver solutions for this new architecture, which is designed to meet the needs of organisations struggling to adapt their network to the constantly changing demands of mobility and their business.

Aerohive’s SD-LAN capabilities include: a new line of cloud-managed access switches; the AP250, an 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi access point with software definable dual 5 GHz radios; the latest release of its HiveManager NG cloud-delivered network and policy management; dynamic application and identity-driven network performance; and an open API platform.

Modern networks must continuously adjust and adapt to keep up with the pace of change that mobility has created, something unachievable in traditional network architectures, according to Aerohive.

SD-LAN builds on the principles of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) in the data centre and the Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) to create a new approach to adaptable, flexible, and cost-effective wireless and wired access network.

This builds an application and policy driven architecture, unchaining hardware and software layers while offering self-organising and centrally managed networks that are simpler to operate, integrate, and scale. Aerohive claimed it is the first vendor to articulate and deliver an SD-LAN solution.

SD-LAN defines five key attributes for dynamic next-generation access networks:

Application Optimised - prioritises and dynamically changes the performance and behaviour of the network based on the applications that use the network, focusing network resources where they best serve the organisation’s most important activities.
Identity Driven – dynamically defines what individual users, clients, and things can do when they access the SD-LAN. Secure granular context based access policies that can be applied to just one user and device or groups of users and devices.
Adaptable Wired and Wi-Fi Access Layer – wireless access points and access switches that can intelligently respond as changes in network configuration and requirements occur. This includes control protocols to deliver self-optimisation, self-healing, and device behaviour that can be manipulated through software.
Cloud Managed – centralised management of operations and policies, with policy changes distributed in real-time to switches and access points, across the distributed access network infrastructure. Cloud management keeps networks dynamic, tightly managed, and cost effective to operate.
Open APIs – programmable interfaces that allow tight integration of network and applications infrastructures, enabling the network to provide new insights and integrate with the rest of the operations framework.

Aerohive’s new SD-LAN solution builds on core capabilities developed by Aerohive over the last 10 years as well as its new access points, switches, and cloud management capabilities. The company has built software driven intelligence into every aspect of access networks, including:

Application Visibility and Control
Combining a sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) engine and a deep-packet inspection firewall at the edge of the network, Aerohive provides dynamic optimization that adapts with applications, network, and business needs.

Context-Based Policies
Defining which users, devices, and things can enter the network, then granularly controlling what they are able to do once connected through role-based access controls, including time of day or location-based access, VLAN management, application rights, and bandwidth.

Distributed Access Infrastructure
Aerohive’s newest switches and wireless access points directly support SD-LAN deployments. The Aerohive AP250 access point delivers self-optimizing, self-healing and self-organising operation, with software selectable, dual 5 GHz radios, an integrated USB port for IoT readiness, and built-in Bluetooth Low Energy for iBeacon services.

Unique cooperative control for Wi-Fi increases speed, scale, and resilience for enterprise networks of any size. Aerohive’s cloud-managed enterprise switches prepare organizations for a SD-LAN with a unified wired and wireless edge, available in a range of port densities, from desktop to rack mount, all managed through HiveManager NG.

Next-Generation Cloud Management
HiveManager NG reduces complexity and cost with a single application for centralized automation and programmable management. Offered as a public or private cloud solution, HiveManager NG delivers a new approach to deployment and support of modern access networks. Aerohive continues its cloud innovation with the latest release of HiveManager NG.

Applications and Insights
Aerohive’s open API platform delivers value beyond connectivity, with programmable interfaces that allow customers to build customized IT and business applications that leverage their own network driven data.

Aerohive said its SD-LAN solution delivers a sophisticated software approach to access networks, reducing operational complexity. It is easy to get started, requiring only an access point, a switch, and a cloud license.


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