“Aerohive is a great, scalable solution that allowed us to take advantage of our existing network backbone by providing true plugand-play functionality and the ability to continue to add devices to our infrastructure. In less than a year, we have lowered our computer-to-student ratio from 15:1 to 6:1, and without Aerohive, we would not have been able to connect all those devices to the Internet. Aerohive has enabled not only our students, but our staff to transition to more current technology, and as a result, think more innovatively about how to use technology in the classroom. I’ve been working in technology and education for 28 years, and I can honestly say that Aerohive has been one of the most responsive groups with whom I have had the pleasure to work. From the get go, they’ve treated this relationship as a true partnership, and I look forward to that partnership continuing into the future.”Luke Ontiveros,
Snowline Joint Unified School District
Snowline Joint Unified School District
The Snowline Joint Unified School District (JUSD) was founded in 1982 and today has over 7,800 students across five K-5 elementary schools, one K-8 school, two 6-8 middle schools, one 7-12 community day school, a continuation high school, a traditional high school, and a virtual academy.
Prior to deploying Aerohive, Snowline Joint Unified School District had a hardwired, interconnected network infrastructure that provided zero wireless access. This antiquated solution offered limited access within classrooms. Snowline JUSD began pursuing new wireless options that could be easily deployed, requiring little to no construction or re-wiring that could cause significant disruption to the network, protracted time schedules for implementation, and prohibitive cost.
Aerohive was chosen for its flexible, scalable, cost-effective controller-less solution that was able to piggyback on Snowline’s existing infrastructure. Aerohive also provided IT with centralized management, control and complete visibility into the network. Currently, Snowline JUSD is utilizing Aerohive’s HiveManager Virtual Appliance, and has also deployed 173 Aerohive AP330 access points across all campuses.
“The ease and speed of deployment and management were huge points in Aerohive’s favor. The fact that it’s a single pane of glass is key. The management system is right there, all in one place, and we can push out configurations, we can make modifications. One person can do all of that for the entire district.”Claire Robinson,
Information Services’ Technology Implementation Manager,
Seminole County Public Schools
Seminole County Public Schools
The mission of the Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS), one of the largest school districts in Florida, is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills, necessary to be successful in life. About 64,000 students are spread throughout this central Florida district, attending 37 elementary schools, 12 middle schools and 12 high schools.
Like many school districts, Seminole had been relying on laptop carts with independent access points for a very limited wireless experience. The district needed a highly available and resilient wireless LAN (WLAN) that could provide fast access to learning resources on both the network and the Internet for students and staff.
SCPS chose Aerohive because of its advanced features and unrivalled price point, with help from trusted IT reseller Insight Public Sector.
The school district has been phasing in Aerohive since the 2010/2011 school year, starting with high schools. The following year, SCPS deployed Aerohive to the middle schools, and this year they’re starting on the elementary schools. The district is currently using about 1,000 Aerohive APs, a mix that includes the Aerohive AP350 Access Point. The AP350 is a high-performance, 3 stream, 802.11n Access Point with external antennas designed for challenging indoor environments.
“The Aerohive units are a lot more reliable and trustworthy, and not to mention the visibility – it’s phenomenal. I’m particularly impressed with the visitor insights the Aerohive solution has given the team. We now know a lot more about our customers and can better cater for their needs, helping us deliver an exceptional customer experience”Matthew Mills,
Head of IT & Information Security,
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Its 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst, attract over 1.5 million visits every year.
Over the years, access to wireless has become a critical success factor in helping to reach Kew’s goals: The company therefore needed to upgrade to a reliable, easy and manageable service for both its staff and garden visitors. Performance and reliability was a key requirement that Kew needed to consider when weighing up a new system. The Gardens needed a Wi-Fi provider that was reliable and high performing, not only catering to visitor needs, but also allowing for staff to process business requirements faster.
After weighing up other solutions and learning more about Aerohive’s architecture, Kew chose Aerohive because of its reliability, ease of use and manageability. Since the initial deployment, Aerohive has installed over 130 access points within the park, allowing for a range of devices to run across the two networks—from staff barcode scanners, to guest iPhones and iPads. The increased coverage range has also allowed Kew to roll out iBeacons across the park, sharing additional information on visitor locations with administrators who instruct managers to shift support staff accordingly.
"We plan to deploy to all 645 communities over the next five quarters... We’re probably going to be upwards of 6,000 in the end."Chris Fadrowski,
Senior Director of IT Infrastructure,
Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living is the largest provider of senior housing and senior care in the industry with more than 645 assisted living and retirement communities in 35 states across the nation. Each day, about 46,000 Brookdale associates serve nearly 60,000 residents in a variety of settings. The company’s services include assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, independent living and therapy services.
Healthcare facilities spread all over the country often pose challenging environments for WLANs, and those operated by Brookdale Senior Living were no exception. The Brookdale communities range from a site with 20 beds, up to sites with 800 beds.
Forrester analysts suggested looking at Aerohive. Another key moment came during a Long Term Care Industry roundtable that Brookdale’s CIO attended. At the roundtable, Deborah Green, CIO of LaVie Administrative Services, said Aerohive solved the wireless problem for her company.
Brookdale’s engineering team was impressed with Aerohive’s ease of installation and high-quality documentation, which is thorough – even to engineers who are not wireless LAN experts. Brookdale has also had an excellent experience with Aerohive’s responsive, knowledgeable, and nimble technical support team.
Higher Education Spotlight
“We felt that going forward with the controller model didn’t line up with our desire to be more fault tolerant. Tunneling all the traffic back to the core didn’t make a lot of sense.”Norman Elton,
The College of William & Mary
The College of William & Mary
The College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in America, sits on a 1200 acre campus in historic downtown Williamsburg, Virginia. Named one of Intel’s 50 “Most Unwired College Campuses” for its campus-wide wireless network, William & Mary is a genuine blend of old and new. One of the newest additions to the over 100-building campus is the three-story, 166,000 square foot Alan B. Miller Hall that houses the University’s Mason School of Business.
The Aerohive solution offered software-defined access for adaptable, flexible, and cost effective wireless and wired networking. The result is enterprise-class network management and security without the cost, performance, and availability issues associated with former technologies.
The College of William and Mary has purchased over 1,000 access points and full implementation is expected to be completed over several years, with ongoing updates as required as the network evolves.
Manufacturing & Distribution Spotlight
“What particularly excited us about Aerohive was HiveManager® which manages access points quickly and easily. But we also liked Aerohive’s USP, controller-less Wi-Fi operation. This model makes us much more flexible, and we can scale the solution to our needs. Aerohive’s tools also make debugging easier, because they take a lot less time to identify and fix Wi-Fi problems.”André Keller,
Project manager for information systems, EF networks, monitoring, AV, proxy
Volkswagen Original Teile Logistik GmbH & Co. KG
Volkswagen Original Teile Logistik GmbH & Co. KG (OTLG) with its headquarter in Baunatal belongs to the Volkswagen Group and provides original parts, component parts and services to 3,700 service partner companies of the brands Volkswagen, Volkswagen commercial vehicle, Audi, Seat and Škoda in Germany and Denmark. That makes the OTLG to the logistical after sales-backbone of the Volkswagen Group in Geramny and ensures as full-range provider that million customers stay mobile. OTLG employ at 7 sites in Norderstedt, Cologne, Ludwigsburg, Munich, Dieburg, Ludwigsfelde and Baunatal over 2,900 people.
Volkswagen OTLG has had a controller-based Wi-Fi infrastructure since 2006. It needed Wi-Fi for its logistics processes, which make extensive use of handheld scanners and starter terminals. The company took around two years to equip all of its sites, including its head office, with Wi-Fi. Around ten years after these were implemented, firmware updates were no longer available for the existing controllers, and the Wi-Fi infrastructure’s speed and quality no longer reflected the state of the art.
The company chose a controller-less Wi-Fi solution from Aerohive Networks that met the selection criteria, offering an on-premise version of the HiveManager network management system, which monitors and administers access points. Another advantage of the new infrastructure is HiveManager’s debugging functions, which make life much easier for administrators. Interference from microwaves, Bluetooth and other sources can quickly be identified and remedied if necessary.
“We are proud of our fantastic restaurants where we offer top-notch food and service, so it only made sense to match our technology to provide an overall superior experience for our guests. That is why Aerohive is going into all of our restaurant”Jerrald Buchanan,
Information Technology Director,
Integr8 Media for Hal Smith Restaurants
Hal Smith Restaurants
Hal Smith Restaurant Group (HSRG) was founded in 1992 by its namesake, Hal W. Smith, and manages over 60 restaurant locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska.
HSRG had been operating with a consumer-based wireless solution, and as a large restaurant management group, it urgently needed an enterprise-class solution with reliable infrastructure. The biggest drivers for wireless were mobility and guest satisfaction in order to provide the highest level of service in each restaurant. Another key consideration for the new network architecture was simple, centralized network management system with distributed security enforcement, crucial for an organization with centralized IT and locations spread across a large geographic area in seven states with over 60 stand-alone restaurants.
HSRG turned to Integr8 Media, a managed services company that works closely with the company to provide a variety of services, including technology consulting and support. “I knew if I were going to move Hal Smith Restaurant Group forward in Wi-Fi, it would be with Aerohive,” explains Jerrald Buchanan, Information Technology Director, who first heard of Aerohive at a trade show and was enamored with the technology from the very beginning. HSRG was convinced the controller-less solution from Aerohive was a perfect fit, from its ease of management to cost of implementation.
State & Local Government Spotlight
“After deploying Aerohive, our IT staff moved decisively from defense to offense, no longer fielding complaints and managing network connectivity, but focusing on enabling greater mobility, meeting resident Wi-Fi demand, and moving operations to the cloud for civic employees. Having Aerohive in place has allowed the City of Cupertino to reimagine how we provide services and Wi-Fi access to employees and our city residents.”Rick Kitson,
CIO & Director,
Public Affairs City of Cupertino
City of Cupertino
Cupertino, California is located 45 miles south of San Francisco. It is a largely suburban community known for its excellent public school district and as the home of Apple Inc. Cupertino has a distinctive and local flavor, with an emphasis on enterprise and innovation, and was named the most politically independent community in years past.
Not unlike the majority of regional municipalities in Silicon Valley, the City of Cupertino has weathered several economic downturns in the last decade, dictating that Cupertino put state-of-the-art Wi-Fi on the back burner. Cupertino had operated very conservatively, however, as the budget strengthened, the City began to look at updating its wireless infrastructure to meet consumer expectations. Coupled with new leadership on the City Council, the IT Department was mandated to explore new solutions to enable connectivity in public spaces and city facilities. Because the City could also afford to upgrade the broader infrastructure, its priorities were to embrace a new service model to reorient all services to the cloud, as well as placing a significant priority on mobility.
Cupertino initially selected a solution from Extreme Networks, but it had serious issues with compatibility and reliability with Apple devices, pushing the City to dig deeper for a solution that worked well with Apple. Having heard of a successful Aerohive deployment at the Santa Clara County Library District nearby, the City explored solutions from Ruckus, Meraki and Aerohive before choosing Aerohive for its outstanding user experience and ease of management.
The cloud-based network is managed with HiveManager Online and the reporting metrics have helped communicate the utility and value of offering robust Wi-Fi. Cupertino has set up three different SSIDs across its network, including a separate network for employees, guests and Apple TVs.