Aerohive Proves Some Are More Equal Than Others - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
2/12/2009
12:49 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Aerohive Proves Some Are More Equal Than Others

Enterprise WLAN startup Aerohive Networks packs a lot in each of its software updates, and HiveOS 3.2 is no exception. Among the 20 new features, however, the new Dynamic Airtime Scheduling and a new management solution for small deployments are the most significant.

Enterprise WLAN startup Aerohive Networks packs a lot in each of its software updates, and HiveOS 3.2 is no exception. Among the 20 new features, however, the new Dynamic Airtime Scheduling and a new management solution for small deployments are the most significant.The impact of legacy wireless clients on even the latest 802.11n WLANs is a common problem for Wi-Fi, and Aerohive's approach to this issue is actually novel. Unlike competing solutions, Aerohive doesn't attempt to push clients to different radios or channels, but actually defines quality of service buckets of airtime for each of the clients, based on the measured quality and speed of the client's connection, as well as the defined policies for the user and device. All of the measurements are taken without regard to the protocol, so the access point does not assume that 802.11n clients are always faster.

This approach actually fixes a number of issues. Faster clients can get in and out quickly and not be stuck behind slower, legacy clients. And by basing the airtime budgets on the current performance, even 802.11n clients that are performing poorly with range or interference issues, are pushed down in priority, ironically keeping them from slowing down legacy clients. By rolling in user policies, guests with the latest and greatest laptop can be prevented from dominating the bandwidth. Aerohive claims a 10X boost in performance by using Dynamic Airtime Scheduling, based on lab testing, but obviously real-world performance will vary.

HiveOS 3.2 also addresses a common concern about Aerohive's solution since the product was launched in 2007. While a key selling point for Aerohive has been their controller-less architecture, the solution still required a pricey management appliance to get the biggest benefit out of it. Designed for large scale deployments, the HiveManager scales to manage thousands of access points, but added significant upfront cost for small deployments. To address this need, Aerohive has embedded HiveUI, a Web-based management tool, into its 802.11n access points. With support for up to a dozen access points, HiveUI enables small enterprises to build centrally managed wireless networks without the expense of back-end controllers. After nearly two years on the market, Aerohive has built up an impressive feature set, as well as adding a third option in the WLAN architecture debates that have been raging for years. While features are but one factor in evaluating WLAN solutions, updates like HiveOS 3.2 make Aerohive a company to watch.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll