Leading Lighting Manufacturer Deploys Mission-Critical WLAN from Aerohive Networks

Acuity Brands Lighting Chooses Aerohive's Cooperative Control Architecture for Resiliency, Ease of Management, Low Cost, Easy 802.11n Migration

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 5, 2008 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) access point (CC-AP), today announced that Acuity Brands Lighting, one of the world's largest lighting manufacturers, has selected Aerohive's cooperative control wireless LAN equipment to replace Acuity Brands Lighting's existing network of autonomous access points. The Acuity Brands Lighting wireless network supports mission-critical applications, including the company's ERP system, and comprises hundreds of wireless LAN access points distributed among 24 geographically dispersed facilities. An in-depth case study of Acuity Brands Lighting's selection and deployment of the Aerohive solution is available at http://www.aerohive.com/resources/acuity-brands-lighting.

Acuity Brands Lighting chose to replace its existing network of autonomous access points because the network's lack of centralized management had created an overwhelming maintenance task and because the network did not provide the seamless roaming capability required for the company's planned voice-over-wireless-LAN (VoWLAN) initiative. In addition, Acuity Brands Lighting desired a network architecture that could easily support an upgrade to the 802.11n standard. Acuity Brands Lighting required a highly available and reliable network to support its mission-critical applications, and the company wanted a solution that would prove cost-effective.

The Aerohive cooperative control wireless LAN solution, which eliminates the need for centralized wireless LAN controllers, was ideal for Acuity Brands Lighting. Aerohive provided Acuity Brands Lighting with wireless mobility and with enterprise-grade management, enabling administration of the entire wireless LAN from a single site. Aerohive's controller-less wireless LAN architecture is ideal for 802.11n networks, because it eliminates the need to deploy the expensive, high-capacity controllers that are required to handle the increased throughput of 802.11n. Removing controllers from the network also eliminates the bandwidth bottlenecks, latency, and jitter that result from backhauling traffic through a controller. Resiliency is also increased when the single points of failure found in controller-based architectures are eliminated. Aerohive's stateful failover and dynamic mesh failover capabilities further enhance the network's resiliency.

"Our mission-critical applications demanded high availability, reliability, and security from our wireless LAN," said Way Brunson, manager, technology intelligence, Acuity Brands Lighting. "Aerohive's unique controller-less architecture met these requirements at a cost that was significantly less than controller-based alternatives. Provisioning one or more controllers at each of our 24 facilities would simply have been cost-prohibitive."

"Aerohive APs are drop-in replacements for first-generation 'fat' APs; there is no need to re-architect your network to support an overlay network and insert expensive WLAN controllers," said Sheen Khoury, executive vice president, sales and field operations, Aerohive. "There is no simpler or more cost-effective upgrade path for enterprises interested in 802.11n, voice-over-wireless-LAN, or enterprise-grade management, mobility, and security."

Acuity Brands Lighting's wireless LAN roadmap includes VoWLAN throughout the company as well as wireless mesh via 802.11n. Aerohive cooperative control wireless LAN equipment will be deployed enterprise-wide, from corporate offices to warehouses and distribution centers.

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.