NHS Lincolnshire Applies Intuitive 'Cooperative Control' Wireless LAN

Selects Aerohive's Architecture for Enterprise-Class Performance, Resilience, and Management

London, UK,, March 18, 2010 — NHS Lincolnshire, a Primary Care Trust responsible for improving health and commissioning health services across the county, has completed the deployment of Aerohive Networks' award-winning Cooperative Control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture into 12 of its key healthcare facilities. The Aerohive WLAN is supporting an organisation-wide strategy to mobilise healthcare delivery in its community hospitals and clinics, and ensure secure, resilient connectivity for the 24/7 delivery of mission-critical medical and administrative applications and data.

Tony Arnold MBCS, Senior Network and Systems Manager for NHS Lincolnshire, directed the implementation of Aerohive's WLAN; "Mobility is a key enabler of healthcare provision, significantly improving the availability of healthcare professionals, bedside medical care, and accelerating the diagnosis-to-treatment process. The benefits make a compelling proposition for management and healthcare professionals, who face daily budget and resource challenges.

"My priority, then, was to identify a wireless infrastructure capable of supporting the evolving demands of a healthcare environment; that could deliver continuous connectivity; was resilient and secure; and could be easily deployed and managed. Following due-diligence across a number of WLAN technologies, including Cisco Systems and Aruba Networks, we selected Aerohive. Its intuitive controller-less architecture delivered the highest quality performance, whilst eliminating a layer of hardware implementation, and subsequently reducing management overhead and costs."

For Tony and his team, Aerohive's HiveManager platform was a key differentiator, he adds;

"For multi-site organisations, Aerohive's technology is ideal. The HiveAPs are capable of making dynamic control decisions, and the central management platform allows us to remotely monitor and apply policies or firmware upgrades as required, massively reducing the need for onsite maintenance. Ultimately, the wireless infrastructure has outperformed expectations for both users and IT department."

Aerohive's cooperative control access points (HiveAPs) require no network controllers or overlay networks. Instead, software in the HiveAPs enables them to self-organise into groups called Hives. The result is a secure multi-service wireless LAN infrastructure able to support a vast array of wireless devices, application types and service levels, with faster client performance, wire-like resilience and lower capital and operational costs.

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Aerohive unleashes the potential of enterprise Wi-Fi, enabling customers to stop buying copper, to move applications to the air, and to maximize workforce productivity. The company's award-winning cooperative architecture eliminates costly controllers, saving money and providing unprecedented resiliency, up to 10X better application performance, and an opportunity to start small and expand without limitations. 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 www.aerohive.com or call 408-510-6100.