SOURCE: Aerohive Networks

November 13, 2007 09:00 ET

Aerohive Raises the Bar on WLAN Scalability, Resiliency, Performance

New Features and Products Pave the Way to Resilient, Scalable 802.11n Networks

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Aerohive Networks, creators of the "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) access point (CC-AP), today announced HiveOS 2.1, a significant upgrade to the software that powers its HiveAP 20 ag CC-APs. The new software increases wireless LAN scalability, resiliency, and performance, creating an ideal architecture for 802.11n deployment. The company also announced the introduction of HiveManager HC, a high-capacity network management system appliance that can manage up to 5,000 HiveAPs per appliance. In addition, the company outlined its plan to introduce a portfolio of 802.11n HiveAPs in the first half of 2008.

HiveOS 2.1 Increases WLAN Resiliency, Scalability

HiveOS 2.1 significantly improves wireless LAN resiliency with the addition of dynamic mesh failover and AAA caching. Dynamic mesh failover enables network traffic to be routed around failures in the wired network by dynamically and gracefully establishing a wireless mesh connection between neighboring HiveAPs. No dedicated radio is required to provide this mesh resiliency, preserving two radios for user access during normal operation. AAA caching prevents branch office network downtime when a WAN link failure disconnects the branch from a centrally located authentication server by securely caching user credentials in a HiveAP's volatile memory.

The new HiveAP software also increases wireless LAN scalability by increasing Layer 3 roaming capacity with dynamic Layer 3 tunnel load balancing. Aerohive's cooperative control architecture has always provided efficient Layer 3 roaming by tunneling traffic only when a user crosses subnets and only for so long as the relevant session lasts. To further increase the scalability of the wireless LAN, the new software allows Layer 3 tunnels to be load-balanced across all the HiveAPs in a subnet, utilizing the distributed processing power of the network to scale to 1000s of tunnels and 10s of gigabits of throughput.

"We have selected the Aerohive cooperative control architecture to replace our autonomous wireless LAN access points," said Way Brunson, network engineering project lead, Acuity Brands Lighting, a multi-billion dollar manufacturing company. "Aerohive's resilient and scalable wireless LAN solutions can support our mission-critical applications today and will easily accommodate any future plans to deploy 802.11n access points."

HiveManager HC Network Management System Appliance

HiveManager HC ("High Capacity") is a 2U rack-mount network management system appliance that has redundant hard disks, power supplies, and fans, helping to ensure continuous availability of the appliance. HiveManager HC is powerful enough to enable Aerohive's integrated network management software to manage up to 5,000 HiveAPs per appliance. A HiveManager is not a network controller and is not required to operate a network, or "Hive," of HiveAPs. When used, a HiveManager simplifies provisioning for global policy management and provides centralized configuration and monitoring.

Aerohive Outlines 802.11n Roadmap

Aerohive also announced today that it will introduce a suite of 802.11n HiveAPs in the first half of 2008. The suite will include HiveAPs for indoor, industrial, and outdoor use and will be based on second-generation 802.11n chipsets, which consume less power and provide better 802.11n performance than first-generation chipsets. Aerohive's controller-less wireless LAN architecture is ideal for 802.11n networks, because it eliminates the need to deploy the expensive, high-capacity controllers that are required to handle the increased throughput of 802.11n. Removing controllers from the network also eliminates the bandwidth bottlenecks, latency, and jitter that result from backhauling traffic through a controller. Resiliency is also increased when the single points of failure found in controller-based architectures are eliminated. The result is a scalable wireless LAN that can support high-performance, mission-critical applications.

Ease of Migration to Aerohive 802.11n HiveAPs

The Aerohive cooperative control architecture makes it easy for enterprises to upgrade their wireless LANs to 802.11n on an as-needed basis. Aerohive 802.11n HiveAPs may be seamlessly deployed in a Hive along with 802.11a/b/g HiveAPs. Aerohive also enables easy migration to 802.11n from autonomous or "fat" access points. If 802.11n HiveAPs are deployed on the same subnet or VLAN as an enterprise's fat access points, network users can even roam between the HiveAPs and the fat access points, which is often not possible with controller-based 802.11n deployments.

Pricing and Availability

HiveOS 2.1 is a free upgrade to HiveAP 20 ag access points that are covered by an Aerohive software maintenance agreement. The new software will ship in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Pricing for the HiveManager HC network management system appliance, including licenses for 25 HiveAPs, begins at $9,995.00. The appliance will ship in the fourth quarter of 2007.

About Aerohive

Aerohive Networks' cooperative control enterprise wireless LAN architecture provides all the management, mobility, and security of controller-based architectures without the cost, capacity, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments. The architecture also scales easily to support 802.11n. In addition, Aerohive solutions provide the reliability and scalability necessary for mission-critical networks and are optimized for voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) applications. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit or call 408-988-9918.

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