SOURCE: Bluesocket


March 10, 2011 15:30 ET

Bluesocket Named as Visionary by Leading Industry Analyst Firm

Gartner Recognizes Bluesocket's vWLAN Architecture for Innovation in Virtualization

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Bluesocket, the first and only provider of wireless networks with virtualized control, today announced its ranking as a "visionary" within the "Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN Infrastructure (Global)" report by Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner's Magic Quadrant research methodology provides a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers in fast-growing markets: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers.

Bluesocket revolutionized the WLAN industry with the release of its award winning, fully distributed vWLAN architecture which enables complete virtualization of the control plane thereby eliminating the need for controller hardware. This innovation triggers scaling efficiencies, reliability improvements, and substantial cost savings. Freed from the constraints imposed by physical controllers, the vWLAN architecture provides impressive advantages including:

  • Seamless Scaling: No longer does the WLAN have to be dimensioned along the AP and user capacity of a physical controller.
  • Security at the Edge: Unwanted traffic is dropped at the access point rather than brought onto the LAN.
  • Hosted Service Option: WLAN control is liberated from the LAN making a true "cloud-based" solution possible and enabling service providers to offer profitable hosted WLAN services.
  • High Availability: An access point can have a primary and back-up control instance with a failover capability that has zero packet loss.
  • Support for Virtualization: The industry's first and only WLAN solution with control based on VMware.

Within the Magic Quadrant report, Gartner affirmed Bluesocket's excellent, fully integrated security suite as well as its significant focus on virtualization to provide a seamless, failover capability. Bluesocket received impressive praise in the customer feedback gathered from Gartner's WLAN survey. The industry analyst cited the high marks customers bestowed upon Bluesocket's service and support across all target markets and for both small and large installations. 

"We appreciate Gartner's validation of Bluesocket's vision in the creation and introduction of vWLAN," stated Chris Koeneman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing from Bluesocket. "Virtualization fundamentally changes any aspect of computing, storage, or networking that it touches. Bluesocket has brought the power of virtualization to the WLAN and the impact of the benefits is extraordinary. We are thrilled that Gartner has recognized this vision and we look forward to executing on this vision."

About Gartner:
Gartner, Inc. is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, we are the valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, we work with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, e-mail or visit

About Bluesocket:
Bluesocket is a leading provider of secure, high-performance wireless networks for large enterprise customers. Bluesocket's award-winning, vWLAN is a breakthrough innovation that brings virtualization to the WLAN. Based on a distributed architecture and the industry's only VMware Ready WLAN solution, the vWLAN optimizes security, accelerates performance, enables mobility, and provides unmatched scalability. vWLAN is the first and only WLAN with virtual control. Over 2,800 customers in 47 countries rely on Bluesocket's innovations. Learn more at

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Contact Information

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    Kelly Friedland
    Bluesocket, Inc.
    Tel: +1-781-494-1011
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