7-Eleven Stores Deploys Aerohive Wireless LAN
Cooperative Control Architecture Brings Convenience Store Chain Unparalleled Cost Savings, Network Management, PCI Security, Reliable Resiliency
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jun. 10, 2008 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the controller-less "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today announced that 7-Eleven Stores LLC has deployed an Aerohive wireless LAN in its Oklahoma City corporate office and chain of convenience stores. The company chose the Aerohive solution over competing alternatives because of the solution's low cost, ease of network management, PCI security compliance, and exceptional resiliency. The wireless LAN enabled 7-Eleven Stores to deploy a sophisticated inventory control system, saving the company a substantial amount of money. A detailed case study of the 7-Eleven Stores' selection and deployment of an Aerohive wireless LAN is available at http://www.aerohive.com/resources/7-eleven-stores-oklahoma-city.
Significant Cost Savings
The 7-Eleven Stores rejected controller-based wireless LAN architectures, because purchasing a network controller to sit alongside the single access point deployed in each 7-Eleven store would be far too expensive. Alternative controller-based architectures, including arrangements in which the stores would share one or more controllers, were also rejected as being too costly, complicated, and vulnerable to failure.
"Aerohive treated us like a partner with a common interest," said Gayle Crouch, IT Director, 7-Eleven Stores. "Combined with the cost, network management, and security benefits the cooperative control architecture delivers, the outstanding service and professionalism of the Aerohive team sealed the deal for us."
Rapid and Easy Management and Deployment
The HiveAPs in each of the 7-Eleven Stores are managed from a single HiveManager Network Management System located in the Oklahoma City corporate office, a valuable convenience to the company's IT staff. A HiveManager is not a network controller and is not required to operate a hive of HiveAPs. Aerohive wireless LANs also feature zero-configuration deployment, which enabled configuration data to be pushed from the centrally located HiveManager to the newly installed HiveAPs for rapid and easy deployment.
Like other retailers, the 7-Eleven Stores are subject to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements for wireless networks. As a result, security of the wireless LAN is critical. Aerohive's cooperative control architecture and the HiveAPs provide many of the security components the 7-Eleven Stores require, with features including 802.11i (WPA2), wireless IDS, 802.1X authentication, rogue detection, and guest access control.
The 7-Eleven Stores desired a network with the resiliency to maintain wireless connectivity in the stores even if a WAN link or a management server failed. Aerohive wireless LANs have no centralized controllers, eliminating a "single point of failure" that is present in many controller-based networks. In addition, Aerohive HiveManagers, while providing valuable administrative conveniences, are not essential to the operation of Aerohive networks.
In the future, 7-Eleven Stores may run applications on the Aerohive wireless LAN in addition to the inventory control system. For example, delivery truck drivers may be equipped with handheld devices of their own, enabling them to log deliveries, print invoices, and perform other useful tasks using the network. Their very own bakery and distribution drivers may be the next users.
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.