Flow International Selects Aerohive for Enterprise-Wide Wireless LAN
Waterjet Technology Leader Selects Aerohive for Twenty Offices Around the World; Value, Security, and Ease of Deployment Drive Selection
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Mar. 10, 2009 — Aerohive Networks, the award-winning creators of the controller-less "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today announced that Flow International Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, has selected Aerohive's wireless LAN solution for the 20 Flow offices around the globe. The deployment of the new wireless LAN is part of a major overhaul to Flow's worldwide IT infrastructure and is designed to increase productivity by enabling mobile workers to work wherever they're needed. Flow selected Aerohive over Cisco and other vendors based on the cost savings delivered by Aerohive's unique wireless LAN architecture and on Aerohive's cutting-edge security features and ease of deployment. More information about Aerohive products is available at www.aerohive.com.
Controller-Less Wireless LAN Architecture Drives Cost Down
Aerohive's innovative cooperative control wireless LANs eliminate the need for costly wireless controllers by distributing the control functionality and data forwarding to every Aerohive access point (HiveAP). Aerohive's architecture is especially advantageous to enterprises that have many distributed locations. With a controller-based network, a controller would be required in each office, significantly increasing cost.
"Aerohive addresses one of the key issues that companies like us have with controller-based access points," said Martin Walker, director of global IT architecture, engineering, and operations, Flow. "We have some larger sites, but also quite a few smaller ones. Deploying an expensive controller for just one or two access points in a small satellite office could become cost-prohibitive."
"Aerohive's controller-less wireless LANs enable companies of all sizes to do more with less," said Sheen Khoury, executive vice president, sales and field operations, Aerohive Networks. "Aerohive delivers industry-leading value along with high performance, security, and reliability."
The Aerohive wireless LAN replaces an assortment of SOHO-grade equipment that had minimal or no security. Aerohive HiveAPs meet Flow's now-stringent security requirements with 802.11i (WPA2), wireless intrusion detection system (IDS), 802.1X authentication, rogue AP detection, an integrated stateful firewall, and guest access control. In addition, HiveAPs integrate with Active Directory, ensuring a high level of security with EAP/TLS authentication and AES encryption. Flow is also able to use EAP-PEAP / MS-CHAPv2 for casual, un-certificated users.
Ease of Deployment and Management with HiveManager
Flow has already deployed HiveAPs in its Kent, Wash. headquarters and in offices in Jeffersonville, Ind.; Bretten, Germany; Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Nagoya, Japan. Deployment is also underway at fifteen additional offices in Europe, Asia, and South America. The deployment has been simple and trouble-free. The HiveAPs are configured at the company's headquarters and shipped to the remote offices. Once connected, they are centrally monitored and managed from a single HiveManager console at the headquarters.
In the future, the Aerohive wireless LAN will enable factory-floor personnel with hand-held bar-code scanners to access and update inventory data in real time. The company also intends to deploy voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN), which will benefit from the Aerohive architecture's low latency and jitter.
About Aerohive Networks
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 www.aerohive.com or call 408-510-6100.