“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.
“We can’t fine-tune the network management indefinitely. Since events only last one or a few
days, the network must be available immediately. Downtime is not an option.”
“At every event you have to prioritise user groups. Connection for the public is often a ‘nice to have’, while a stable network for press and organisation is a ‘must’. With HiveManager, it’s easy to manage policy rules for different groups.”Raymond Hendrix,
CWNE #274 and Founder,
Veni Vidi Wi-Fi
Veni Vidi Wi-Fi
Veni Vidi Wi-Fi, based in Merselo, provides a range of IT services. These include WaaS, Site Survey and optimisation, and events IT. In the run-up to and during events, IT is an indispensable factor. Veni Vidi Wi-Fi provides temporary facilities for events, ranging from sports to concerts and from festivals to conferences. The company is characterised by its solution-oriented and flexible attitude. For IT events they joined forces with Aerohive Networks. Veni Vidi has now been using Aerohive Networks Wi-Fi on location for six years.
The biggest challenge for events is that the IT must be set up quickly and must always work, especially the network. The company cannot afford to lose the connection; continuity is crucial.
Since an event often only lasts a few days, there is little time to fine-tune configurations. The network must be available immediately. Downtime is not an option. Because Aerohive Networks offers a ‘controllerless’ network, Veni Vidi Wi-Fi is less at risk. If a controller is used, it means an extra one is always needed so that one can take over from the other. Aerohive Networks always run automatically, a major advantage for Veni Vidi Wi-Fi, even if the cloud fails. Managing from the cloud also makes it possible to manage and monitor the network from anywhere, at any time.
"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
“Simple management, scalability and cost transparency are key conditions for us. Good monitoring abilities and a reliable, flexible network are also required. The Aerohive network amply meets these requirements.”
“Because it’s possible to order per AP and each unit has its own licence, the organisation is not obliged to purchase a minimum number of licences. This makes it very easy to scale up and down.”Dennis Wennekers,
Service Delivery Manager,
Nabuurs is a family-run logistics company founded in 1962, specialising in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). With 26 branches, 1,100 employees and an annual turnover of almost 110 million euros, Nabuurs Group is now one of the 25 largest logistics service providers in the Netherlands. The Nabuurs Group comprises several business units: Nabuurs Logistiek, Nabuurs Transport, Nabuurs Truckservice, Freight Frame, Nabuurs Regionaal Distributie Centrum (RDC) and Van Opzeeland.
The organisation’s goal is to find the best way for its customers’ products, in terms of cost, service and sustainability. To this end, Nabuurs develops and implements integrated supply chain solutions. The services range from transport to distribution and warehousing and from administrative to supply chain management IT activities.
Nabuurs found Aerohive’s own management to be child’s play through the HiveManager, the cloud management solution. It ensures that the system is easy to update to the latest techniques and releases. The system’s monitoring capabilities are available and easy to use from any location (with internet access). The HiveManager is a clear, intuitive solution. This saves a lot of time in management. Above all, it’s a reliable solution.
“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
“It was a smooth experience without any problems. Aerohive (and Securelink) set up the intendedClaus Vagn Ohrt,
solution and allowed us to test how it worked in a real-world environment. Everything worked flawlessly from day one and has done ever since.”
Teamleader & Head of IT,
Struer is a municipality in the Danish region of Northern Jutland. It links up 3,000 users and provides all students in the area with a computer. Struer opted out of physical books for students in favour of running everything in the cloud. As such, they rely on a solution that performs flawlessly at all times. Struer Municipality therefore needed a state-of-the-art, future-proof solution that could sustain some serious real-world testing and full satisfaction before being selected for implementation. Aerohive delivered on all parameters and Struer now has a best-in-class solution in Denmark.
The solution that Aerohive suggested and provided was a Dual 5GHz Wi-Fi platform with a single point of access to central cloud-based management software. The Dual 5 GHz setup provides enough power and bandwidth to handle the large number of units online every day as well as the ability to handle extra traffic spikes.
The Struer Municipality network has now been running flawlessly for 18 months. No major expansions are currently planned but minor expansions, cementation of APs and changes in the network has been integrated without any issues or negative experiences
pertaining to technical limitations.