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Cloud-Managed WLAN Is Hot, But Not For Everyone
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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/6/2014 | 7:05:34 PM
Re: The cloud WLAN gap
That sounds really frustrating Gallifreyan. Are there any providers doing the right thing by offering a trade-in plan, or making it possible for cusotmers to unlock the device?
Gallifreyan
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Gallifreyan,
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5/6/2014 | 2:35:58 PM
Re: The cloud WLAN gap
There are clear advantages to cloud-managed networking. Sometimes those advantages become disadvantages with age. I've run into this in my home lab. 

I believe most cloud-managed infrastructures have what could be called an offline mode, so that loss of external connectivity will not shut down your network or wireless LANs. Anything that depends on realtime Internet/cloud access needs to be fixed or replaced. 

However, hardware that becomes a virtual brick without the cloud service is suboptimal. Hardware that can't be un-virtual-bricked at all is bad for the environment and the market. I won't name names on either of these but they both are in my home lab at the moment as paperweights. 

I understand the desire to keep revenue streams going, and not have to provide lifetime support to people who buy on eBay, but if you can't replace hardware on your own or if you can't tell if a piece of hardware is a brick or a usable piece of gear when you buy it, it's going to hurt you if you're a SOHO/ROBO/POHO user. 

At least make it possible for your prospective new customers to unlock a piece of gear at some cost. Or offer a trade-in plan for gear you want to remit to the landfill.
DavidS987
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DavidS987,
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5/3/2014 | 3:12:08 PM
Re: No trunks required
Hi Lee,

sorry I misunderstood your main point.

I only wanted to make a comment regarding the central breakout and existing switch infrastructure.

 
lbadman132
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lbadman132,
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5/3/2014 | 2:35:53 PM
Re: No trunks required
Hi David, I'm not quite following you. My main point is not one vendor versus another for those shopping, it's that it would be wonderful to not have to shop and simply have controller-based systems, like my own multi-million dollar investment, become cloud-managed. Period. I know the market offers several cloud variants if I wanted to migrate to a new platform. But I don't- I want my existing platform to be updated with cloud-management and for my vendor to release me and my fellow customs from fat, maintenance heavy NMS while preserving the WLAN systems we have.
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DavidS987,
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5/3/2014 | 11:50:08 AM
No trunks required
Hi,

but at vendors like Aerohive you can have also your existing central breakout design. Therefor they are offering there tunnel endpoint solutions which can realize also GREs.

With that you get centralized management out of the cloud (including the tunnel endpoint),a centralized data plane, but a distributed controle plane.

I think you talk about Ruckus SAMS, which is from my point of view only the missing extension for there portfolio. Ruckus tells everybody that they are the best solution for Hotspots and ISPs, but they never offered a good guest management system for such requirement.
Now they go the same way like AirTight goes with there Social stuff.

 

David

 
lbadman132
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lbadman132,
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5/2/2014 | 9:02:51 PM
Re: The cloud WLAN gap
Hi Marcia, I see a couple of hurdles, but I don't think they are insurmountable. Big controller-based WLAN with local NMS is a giant SNMP framework. Some sort of local collection with feed to/from cloud would be needed. Also, local WLAN NMS can be bloated, and not exactly peppy built on flash and Java. A general move to HTML5 would have to happen. I'm sure there are other thorny considerations, but the WLAN industry is full of absolutely brilliant minds that could solve all of this if they chose to.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
User Rank: Strategist
5/2/2014 | 6:46:07 PM
IDC market estimate
IDC last month released some big growth estimates for the cloud-managed WiFi market. According to IDC, as the traditional enterprise WLAN market starts to flatten, worldwide cloud-managed infrastructure and managed services revenue will reach $653 million this year and $2.5 billion by 2018. No wonder so many companies are jumping into this space.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
User Rank: Strategist
5/2/2014 | 11:52:17 AM
The cloud WLAN gap
Since this market isn't exactly new, it's surprising that vendors haven't stepped up with technologies that are more suitable for enterprises. I wonder why. It seems like a big market opportunity.


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