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Aerohive Solutions by Use Case

The continued decentralization of the traditional corporate office is being driven by a number of major enterprise initiatives — homeshoring, teleworking, and the need to reduce real estate costs. As an example, homeshoring and teleworking enable corporations to significantly reduce their real estate costs, tap into highly educated, yet less expensive, regional talent pools, and eliminate employee commutes. Further, there is a desire to locate employees, especially sales employees, within their community and customer base. This is resulting in smaller branch offices as well, and the accelerated growth of micro-branch deployments.

These "distributed enterprise" initiatives place a great deal of pressure on IT to deliver HQ-like access, security, and performance to all employees, irrespective of location, and to provide this enterprise-class infrastructure cost effectively. Having to provision and manage hundreds or thousands of branch offices or teleworkers places a massive burden on an already over taxed IT department. Similarly, the mid-sized enterprise has no desire to replicate the complex network infrastructure of a large enterprise for a handful of locations.

Today, large and mid-sized enterprises can leverage the scale, availability, and economies of the cloud to minimize the network provisioning complexity and operational cost of deploying enterprise networks in employees' homes and branch offices.

With the acquisition of Pareto Networks, the industry's first cloud-based router/VPN solution, Aerohive announced plans to immediately integrate Pareto's routing, VPN, and innovative cloud services technology into Aerohive's HiveOS operating system and Cloud Services Platform HiveManager. Delivery of new features and platforms will begin in 2H 2011.

These solutions address the cost, operational complexity, and survivability requirements of today's mid-size enterprises and highly distributed branch and teleworker networks.

Aerohive's approach diagram

Aerohive's approach is unique, as failures in the WAN link, or the cloud, do not impact the ongoing operation of the network. This is because data does not go to the cloud and control or policy enforcement functions (RF optimization, channel selection, load balancing, authentication, roaming, and QoS) are not carried out in the cloud.

Aerohive's network operating system, HiveOS, already has a very rich networking feature set including user-based policy enforcement, stateful inspection firewall (w/ALGs), IPSec VPN, QoS, DHCP, mesh routing, a full RADIUS server, and extensive network monitoring and analysis tools.