, creators of the cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today introduced HiveManager Online, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) enterprise WiFi management solution that provides all the features and functionality of a behind-the-firewall wireless network management system (WNMS) without the installation, operation, and maintenance associated with a dedicated management server and at dramatically lower cost. The company also introduced the HiveAP 120, a cost-effective dual-radio 802.11n access point that provides a comprehensive enterprise feature set. Together, the new products establish a new enterprise-class 802.11n benchmark, providing a WiFi solution that is the simplest, most reliable, most flexible, most scalable, and most cost-effective in the industry.
A demonstration system on the Aerohive website enables customers to try HiveManager Online and to build simulated wireless networks before buying. Configurations created with the system are easily moved to production networks. An included Web-based RF planning tool, which Aerohive is making available free of charge, enables enterprises to plan their WiFi deployments and easily determine the number of access points they will require.
Benefits of SaaS-delivered WiFi management with cooperative control
Aerohive's SaaS solution enables customers to avoid the up-front cost of a traditional WNMS, converting CAPEX to OPEX. HiveManager Online provides plug-and-play provisioning, eliminating configuration hassles. The solution eases network administration burdens with automatic upgrades and patches and enables network management from any Web browser, anywhere. Finally, the solution also supports companies' green data center initiatives, as it requires no rack space, power, or cooling. Pairing HiveManager Online with cooperative control access points that eliminate the need for wireless LAN controllers creates the simplest possible implementation of a modern WiFi network, one that requires only access points and the Cloud.
The HiveManager Online is targeted at mid-market companies, resellers seeking to offer WiFi management services, and larger enterprises interested in minimizing initial deployment cost and complexity while still maintaining seamless upgrade paths to full enterprise deployments. HiveManager Online is part of Aerohive's HiveManager WNMS family, which now includes:
- HiveManager Online
- HiveManager VMware virtual appliance
- HiveManager 1U hardware appliance, which supports up to 500 access points
- HiveManager 2U hardware appliance, which provides redundancy and supports up to 5,000 access points
All of the HiveManager platforms, including the HiveManager Online, support two modes of operation. "Express Mode" provides a simplified workflow with full functionality. "Enterprise Mode" delivers complete configuration flexibility for complex enterprise deployments. A seamless upgrade path from Express Mode to Enterprise Mode and between all four HiveManager products enables Aerohive enterprise wireless LAN solutions to grow along with their customers.
The new HiveAP 120 is a 2x2 MIMO 802.11n access point featuring dual concurrent 2.4 and 5 Ghz radios. The HiveAP 120 delivers the same HiveOS software features as the high-performance HiveAP 300 series and also uses a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip for hardware-based key storage and encryption, ensuring security even if an access point is stolen. The HiveAP 120 has Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and operates using standard 802.3af power-over-Ethernet (PoE). A single multi-color LED indicates device status.The HiveAP 120's enterprise feature set includes identity-based security, automatic RF management, secure fast roaming, mesh networking, dynamic mesh failover for high availability, airtime scheduling, SLA compliance, and IPSec VPN.
Finally, Aerohive also announced that it has reduced the price of its high-performance 3x3 MIMO HiveAP 300 series (HiveAP 320/340) to $999 and introduced a limited lifetime warranty for its HiveAP 20, HiveAP 120, and HiveAP 300 series products.
Pricing and availability
HiveManager Online Enterprise Mode is available now and is priced at $110 / HiveAP / year, including software support. HiveManager Online Express Mode will be available in early November and will be priced at $60 / HiveAP / year, including software support. The HiveAP 120 will be available in early November and will be priced at $689, with no additional feature licensing or controller costs.