Aerohive Networks Launches Operations in EMEA

Opens European Office and Establishes Distribution Partnerships to Drive Adoption of Cooperative Control Wireless LAN Architecture

LONDON and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, 2008 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) access point (HiveAP), today announced the launch of its operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) with the opening of a regional headquarters in the United Kingdom. A team of six sales and technical staff has been appointed and will be led by Gareth Green, vice president, EMEA sales. Aerohive also announced that it has signed several leading distribution partners to support its channel strategy in EMEA.

"Building on our growing reputation and the increasing market traction of our controller-less wireless LAN architecture, the time is right to invest in and enter the EMEA marketplace," said Sheen Khoury, executive vice president, sales and field operations, Aerohive. "We have appointed a widely experienced and successful team of personnel and partners to launch our EMEA operations and to bring the cost and performance benefits of our cooperative control wireless LAN architecture to enterprises in the region."

The EMEA operation will be led by Gareth Green, who has more than fifteen years' experience in the networking industry in EMEA and a proven track record of taking emerging technologies to market. Before joining Aerohive, Gareth was vice president, EMEA, for Network Engines, where he was responsible for sales, channels, and strategic partner alliances. Gareth has also served as vice president, enterprise, for Juniper Networks and as vice president, EMEA, for NetScreen Technologies, where he helped establish NetScreen as a key network security vendor in the EMEA marketplace.

As part of its launch in the region, Aerohive also announced the appointment of several distribution partners, including VADition in the UK, IPVista in France, Seicom in Germany, Exclusive Networks in Belgium and Spain, Heathcom in Norway, and Computerlinks in the Middle East.

"Aerohive's unique cooperative control wireless LAN architecture is easier to deploy and scale, costs less, and has higher performance and more resilience than controller-based architectures," said Barrie Desmond, business development director, VADition. "As enterprises consider the deployment of high-throughput 802.11n, the controller-less Aerohive architecture, which eliminates latency, jitter, and bottlenecks, will become even more compelling to our customers."

Aerohive's cooperative control enterprise wireless LAN architecture provides all of the benefits of a controller-based architecture without the controller. Cooperative control access points self-organise into groups, or "hives," that share control information, enabling functions like fast layer 2/layer 3 roaming, coordinated RF management, security, and mesh networking.

The Aerohive cooperative control architecture includes the HiveAP cooperative control access point and the HiveManager network management system, which provides a single centralised management instance for the entire wireless network. This architecture provides all the benefits of controller-based wireless LAN architecture, without the cost, capacity, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments.

Aerohive recently announced a portfolio of 802.11n HiveAPs, including the dual-radio HiveAP 320 for indoor use, the metal-chassis dual-radio HiveAP 340 for indoor-industrial use, and the waterproof three-radio HiveAP 380 for outdoor use. Aerohive's cooperative control architecture eliminates the need for costly centralised network controllers, enabling Aerohive to provide a resilient 802.11n solution for the cost of most vendors' resilient 802.11a/b/g solutions.

About Aerohive
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.