“Aerohive went above and beyond helping us deploy Wi-Fi in this extremely difficultSteve Nuss,
Over 40 years ago, UniSea® started processing King and Tanner crab in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. They now process King and Tanner crab, Alaskan Pollock, Pacific Cod, Black Cod, Halibut and a variety of other species. All of the fish come from the cold, deep waters of the Bering Sea. For decades, Alaska’s world-class fisheries have been managed sustainably by the State of Alaska and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
The Aerohive access points have performed as expected even in a difficult environment. Despite below freezing temperatures, 50 MPH wind, and sideways precipitation, the Aerohive 1130s have never needed a reboot or gone offine.
“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 reliability of our Wi-Fi network has a direct correlation to revenue for the casino. It simply has to work.”
“Aerohive’s key features were included with our initial purchase, and that has been a breath of fresh air for us.”Dan Rehart,
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is a family owned and operated casino in California that has been in operation
since 1985. In addition to the casino, Jackson Rancheria also owns an RV park, a hotel, a gas station, as well as
other businesses in the area. In fact, you almost should consider Jackson Rancheria a small town. On top of
covering each of these locations, they also provide Wi-Fi for many of the tribal member’s homes.
To round out the initial deployment, the extremely difficult casino was next. There are 1700 slot machines and 1400 client devices on the network at any given time. This location requires an extremely robust and reliable solution. Aerohive’s technology was on showcase in this location. Leveraging Aerohive’s software-defined radios to have a dual 5GHz solution, they were able to solve capacity planning while minimizing RF interference.
The IT staff loved that with Aerohive’s solution, their traffic is not funneled through a centralized controller and that all authentication happens locally on each access point. Because each access point has a firewall built in, the Wi-Fi can operate gaming tables, casino management software, and credit card transactions while keeping all of the data separate.
"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.