Showing posts with label WLAN. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

IDC: WLAN market dips in 3Q 2019

The combined enterprise and consumer wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments fell 3.6% year over year in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) with worldwide revenues of $3.8 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker. The enterprise segment fell 1.1% year over year in 3Q19 to $1.62 billion.

"The enterprise WLAN market is transitioning as vendors and customers begin to adopt the latest Wi-Fi standard. In the third quarter of 2019, IDC tracked the initial shipments of 802.11ax, also known as Wi-Fi 6, which includes numerous features for enterprises and Internet of Things use cases," said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Enterprise Networks. "IDC expects the continued adoption of Wi-Fi 6 to be a major driver of growth for the enterprise WLAN market in the fourth quarter of 2019 and throughout 2020."



Some highlights:

  • Wi-Fi 6 took some share from shipments of previous generation 802.11ac products. 802.11ac products accounted for 84.8% of dependent access point shipments in the enterprise segment and 86.2% of dependent access point revenues. Wi-Fi 6 products made up 3.1% of dependent access point shipments and 6.1% of revenues.
  • The consumer WLAN market fell 5.3% year over year to $2.18 billion. 
  • Shipments of 802.11ac products accounted for 57.0% of units shipped, and 78.1% of revenues. The previous-generation 802.11n standard accounted for 42.8% of shipments, but only 20.8% of revenues.
  • The Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan, was up 3.3% annually in 3Q19, with China growing 6.9% year over year while the Korean market fell 16.2%. Japan's market dropped 19.8% compared to a year earlier.
  • The Central and Eastern Europe region was off 1.7% compared to a year earlier, with Russia dropping 6.6%. 
  • Romania was a bright spot in the region with 11.9% growth. 
  • The Western Europe region fell 4.5% year over year. Germany fell 3.5% while the United Kingdom was down 10.0%. The Middle East and Africa region grew 8.0% year over year with growth of 6.7% from the United Arab Emirates and 25.5% from Qatar.
  • The Latin America region fell 12.1% with Mexico off 17.3% year over year. The U.S. market rose 0.1% on an annualized basis and was up 0.5% sequentially from the second quarter of 2019.
  • Cisco's worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue fell 4.9% year over year, but grew 1.9% compared to the previous quarter. The company's market share dropped slightly from 44.9% in 2Q19 to 44.2% in 3Q19.
  • HPE-Aruba's revenues increased 1.3% year over year and rose 4.6% sequentially. The company's market share grew to 14.1% in 3Q19 from 14.0% a quarter earlier.
  • Ubiquiti's revenues rose 9.4% annually and 8.6% sequentially, with the company's market share growing to 7.1%, from 6.8% a quarter earlier.
  • Huawei's quarterly revenues rose to 11.2% year over year and were up 3.7% sequentially, giving the company 5.4% market share.
  • CommScope(formerly ARRIS/Ruckus) was off 20.3% year over year and was down 6.7% compared to 2Q19. That caused the company's market share to drop from 5.8% in the second quarter to 5.2% in 3Q19.

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45706619

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dell'Oro: WiFi 6 Adoption Boosts Sales of Aruba, Extreme, and Huawei

Mixed results characterized the 2Q 2019 Wireless LAN market, according to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group that questions whether 2Q19 is the pause before the storm.

“Overall Wireless LAN market sales were soft, but not unusual compared to prior years. However, what caught our eye was the slowdown in overall unit shipments,” said Tam Dell’Oro, Founder and CEO at Dell’Oro Group. “The slowdown came from midrange and high-end across many manufacturers. In contrast, sales were robust growing well into the double-digits Y/Y at the lower-end price sensitive segment. WiFi 6 is picking up momentum as several additional vendors began shipping products during the quarter such as Cisco, Extreme Networks, and Fortinet. Select vendors with WiFi 6 already shipping enjoyed a surge in sales such as Aruba Networks, and Huawei,” added Dell’Oro.

Additional highlights from the Wireless LAN 2Q 2019 Quarterly Report:

  • Sales within China outpaced all other regions of the world.
  • Sales to the lower-Education vertical industry bounced back after declining for several quarters, while notable strength was observed in the government and manufacturing sectors.
  • NBASE-T ports rose sharply Q/Q, a trend we forecast to continue.


https://www.delloro.com/news/mixed-results-characterized-2q-2019-wireless-lan-market-a-pause-before-the-storm/

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

IEEE 802.11aq enables wireless service delivery

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) approved and published IEEE 802.11aq, an amendment to IEEE 802.11™, that addresses discovery of available services in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

The IEEE 802.11aq amendment specifies parameters for pre-association queries between wireless networks and devices. By facilitating a rich exchange of information between the wireless access point and the user’s device, users can swiftly and effortlessly discover what types of services are supported before making the decision to connect. Simplifying the service discovery process streamlines the network selection process, thereby elevating the end user experience.

IEEE said storing and caching available services with access points permits operators to differentiate their service offerings from those of market competitors in the same locality, opening the door to potential revenue generation opportunities.

“Connecting to a WLAN without first being able to easily discover whether a given service is supported by that network is often a source of frustration for end users. The IEEE 802.11aq amendment mitigates these situations by permitting users to quickly determine what services are available prior to actually connecting their devices,” said Stephen McCann, chair IEEE 802.11aq task group. “IEEE 802.11aq also delivers a critical competitive advantage through service differentiation in crowded market environments.”

Sunday, September 9, 2018

IDC: Enterprise WLAN market grew 2.6%

The combined consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments rose 1.9% year over year in the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) with worldwide revenues of $2.5 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

"The enterprise WLAN market continues to see moderate, steady growth, underscoring the importance of wireless networking for businesses of all sizes around the world," said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "Enterprises continue to explore new ways WLAN deployments can help connect workers, enable engagement with customers, and improve business processes."

Some highlights:

  • The enterprise segment grew 2.6% year over year in 2Q18 to $1.5 billion. 
  • Consumer WLAN market revenue increased slightly, up 0.8% in 2Q18 compared to a year earlier, finishing at $1.0 billion. 
  • From a geographic perspective, the enterprise WLAN market saw its strongest growth in 2Q18 coming from Japan, which grew 23.0% year over year, and from the Latin America region, which rose 8.9% on a year-over-year basis. Mexico, Latin America's largest market, saw a 24.5% revenue increase from a year earlier while Brazil's revenues were up 30.1% on the year. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) also saw healthy growth rates with regional revenues increasing 6.3% compared to 2Q17. Notable CEE markets included Russia with a 7.3% year-over-year gain and Poland's with 12.9% growth.
  • Cisco's worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increased 3.3% year over year in 2Q18 and was up 12.5% sequentially between the first and second quarters of 2018. Cisco's worldwide market share was 43.6% in 2Q18, in line with the company's 43.3% share in 2Q17. IDC believes that the Meraki cloud-managed WLAN portfolio remains one of the primary growth drivers for Cisco.
  • Aruba-HPE (excluding its OEM business) revenues fell 10.3% year over year in 2Q18 but rose 38.9% from 1Q18. Aruba-HPE's market share stands at 15.1% in 2Q18, down from 17.2% in 2Q17.
  • ARRIS/Ruckus continued to perform very well in 2Q18 and grew 19.3% year over year and 1.5% sequentially. ARRIS/Ruckus now accounts for 6.7% of the enterprise WLAN market, up from 5.8% in the same quarter of 2017.
  • Ubiquiti recorded another quarter of strong growth in 2Q18, increasing 10.8% year over year. Ubiquiti accounted for 5.7% of the enterprise market in 2Q18, up from 5.3% in 2Q17.
  • Huawei once again experienced very strong growth in 2Q18, increasing 16.0% over 2Q17 and up 42.8% sequentially from 1Q18, while claiming 5.1% market share versus its 4.5% market share in 2Q17.



Monday, June 18, 2018

Ruckus updates its WLAN controllers

Ruckus Networks, which is now part of ARRIS, introduced newly enhanced versions of its SmartZone WLAN controllers featuring the ability to use a single network element to control and manage both Ruckus access points (APs) and switches. The new SmartZone network controller family includes physical and virtual appliances designed for managed service providers, operators and medium to large enterprises.

Ruckus SmartZoneOS-powered controllers combine scalability, tiered multi-tenancy, architectural flexibility and extensive APIs into a single centrally-managed element. These capabilities enable managed service providers to implement complex, multi-tier and as-a-service business models using their own management applications.

The SmartZone network controllers simplify network management by:

  • Eliminating provisioning errors through use of an automated discovery process for access points (APs) and switches;
  • Reducing configuration and deployment duration when compared to a multi-console approach;
  • Reducing network software and hypervisor license fees, server expense, utility expense and training costs;
  • Enabling a single network controller cluster to scale to 450,000 clients.
  • Enabling networking-as-a-service  

"Whether you're an operator, managed service provider or sophisticated enterprise IT organization, you need the ability to customize your network to meet specific business and technical requirements," said Greg Beach, vice president of wireless products, Ruckus Networks. "Ruckus has embraced simplification through an 'open' approach to networking that acknowledges our customers' and partners' desire to build their own best-in-class architectures and gives them the tools to do so with relative ease."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dell:Oro: 802.11ax product delays slow enterprise WLAN market

Delays with the introduction of 802.11ax products is expected to slow the Enterprise Class-WLAN market growth in 2018, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

"Several manufacturers of Enterprise-class products are postponing general availability of 802.11ax access points as they wait for more advanced chipsets and further development of the standard," said Trent Dell’Oro, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “In light of this news, we lowered our Enterprise-class access point forecast for 2018 by over six percent. We imagine the market may come in lower than we predicted, depending on the degree to which customers push out projects as they wait for the new technology. In addition, the delay in 802.11ax WLAN Access Points may affect the campus switching market refresh cycle,” added Dell’Oro.

Additional highlights from the 1Q18 Wireless LAN Quarterly Report:

  • Enterprise-class Wireless LAN market revenue rose five percent year-over-year on nine percent unit growth.
  • Some vendors plan to move forward with lower featured 802.11ax products as early as 3Q18 with full-featured, higher-priced products following in early-to-mid 2019.
  • The transition to Wave 2 picked up during the quarter following a three quarter lull. We expect this migration will extend through 2019.

http://www.delloro.com/

Monday, March 5, 2018

IDC: Enterprise WLAN market grows, consumer market declines

The enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market continues to see steady growth while consumer sales are softer, according to the most recent International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wireless LAN Tracker.

Enterprise WLAN growth for the full year 2017 was 5.7% with $5.7 billion in revenues. For Q4 2017, revenues grew 6.5% to $1.5 billion.

Consumer WLAN revenue for the full year 2017 decreased 7.3% compared to 2016 to reach $3.65 billion. For Q4, decreased 9.8% on a year-over-year basis in 4Q17, finishing at $916 million. In 4Q17, the 802.11ac standard accounted for 40% of shipments and 69% of revenue in the consumer category. IDC said the slower adoption of 802.11ac in the consumer segment along with price erosion in the 802.11n standard are contributing factors to declining revenues in the consumer-grade WLAN segment.

"Growth in the enterprise segment of the WLAN market continues, albeit at a steadier pace, while the consumer segment is seeing some challenging times," said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "Organizations continue to realize the benefits and new business opportunities that can be realized by updating and improving their WLAN networks, which is providing opportunities for vendors and network solution providers around the globe."

IDC provided the following updates on key enterprise WLAN companies:


  • Cisco's worldwide enterprise WLAN revenues decreased 2.9% sequentially from the third to fourth quarters of 2017, but they were positive on a year-over-year basis, up 5.1% to $646.8 million. For the full year, revenues were up 4.8% in 2017 to $2.49 billion. Cisco saw positive momentum in its cloud-managed networking platform Meraki. The company remains the comfortable market share leader, finishing the year with 43.6% share, compared to 44.0% share in 2016.
  • HPE-Aruba (excluding its OEM business and excluding H3C as of 2Q16) saw its revenue decrease 5.3% quarter over quarter in 4Q17 to $193 million. That represents a 1.2% increase from the same quarter in 2016. For the full year, revenues were up 8.8% to $852 million, giving the company 14.9% market share.
  • ARRIS/Ruckus, despite being bought by Brocade in 2016 and then subsequently sold to ARRIS in 2017 – a deal that closed in December, the company remains the number three company in terms of market share and continues to be a significant player in the market. Revenues were up 3.0% sequentially in the fourth quarter to $90.5 million, and up 24.4% compared to 4Q16. For the year, revenues fell 5.3% to $334 million, giving the company 5.9% market share.
  • Ubiquiti recorded strong growth, with revenues increasing 7.3% sequentially and 16.8% year over year to $85.1 million. For the full year, revenues rose 30.9% to $318 million, representing 5.6% market share.
  • Huawei once again had a strong quarter with revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017 rising 28.6% from the third quarter and up 9.5% from the quarter a year earlier to $96 million. For the full year, revenues rose 45.0% in 2017 to $283 million, giving the company 5.0% market share to end 2017.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mist raises $46 million for self-learning WLAN

Mist, a start-up based in Cupertino, California. raised $46 million in an unsubscribed C round of funding for its self-learning wireless networks powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Mist says its wireless platform, which is designed specifically for the Smart Device era, makes Wi-Fi predictable, reliable and measurable by providing visibility into the user experience and by replacing time-consuming manual IT tasks with proactive automation.

The funding round was led by Kleiner Perkins, with additional funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, GV (formerly Google Ventures), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, and Dimension Data. This brings total funding in the company to approximately $88 million.
 In addition, Mamoon Hamid (General Partner at Kleiner Perkins) and Rob Lopez (Group Executive – Networking and Data Centre at Dimension Data) join Mist as board observers.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Aerohive lands OEM deal with Dell EMC

Aerohive Networks announced an Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Dell EMC covering its full portfolio of Wi-Fi Access Points and HiveManager NG Cloud Management Platform as a Dell EMC-branded solution.

Aerohive said the agreement includes comprehensive and collaborative sales, marketing, support, services, and logistics capabilities that enable Dell EMC’s sales teams and channel partners to go to market with a unified Wi-Fi and Switching solution that is managed by a Dell EMC-branded and Aerohive-based Cloud. The OEM agreement announced today is globally operational, effective immediately.

“We are proud that Dell EMC has shown the confidence in both our product and organization to move to a full OEM partnership,” said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. “With Dell EMC’s global reach as a trusted partner to IT organizations around the globe, Aerohive now has a partner that is a force multiplier to help drive Cloud Managed Wi-Fi and Switching to the broader market.”

Sunday, October 22, 2017

NTT develops a cooperative WLAN with distributed smart antenna

NTT has developed a technology its calling “cooperative wireless LAN with distributed smart antenna system (D-SAS)” to improve connectivity in high-density environments such as sports stadiums.

The technology consists of two key functions: one performs centralized radio resource management by taking information about the surrounding radio environment into consideration; the second optimizes parameters dynamically with the aid of the first function so that the interference is reduced at each AP.

NTT has tested the technology at NACK5 stadium in Omiya, Japan with the deployment of about 150 APs under stadium seats. All 11 channels available on the 5.47-5.725 GHz band (i.e., the W56 band) were used and the channel bandwidths of all APs were 20 MHz in both settings.

NTT said its testing showed that its cooperative wireless LAN technology with D-SAS achieved throughput twice than that obtained with the conventional technology.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Aruba builds analytics-driven security framework for multivendor networks

Aruba, the wireless networking division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is launching an analytics-driven attack detection and response framework to bolster enterprise security from the edge, to the core, to the cloud for multivendor networks.

Aruba 360 Secure Fabric is a security framework that builds on User and Entity Behavioral Analytics (UEBA) to detect and respond to advanced cyberattacks from pre-authorization to post-authorization across multivendor networks, not just its own wireless LAN gear. Aruba already offers an IntroSpect UEBA product line that leverages machine learning security to detect anomalous user and traffic patterns across multiple data sources. Aruba Introspect can ingest common data sources including Microsoft Active Directory or other LDAP authentication records and identity information, and firewall logs from sources such as Checkpoint, Palo Alto Networks, or Aruba monitoring (AMON) logs from Aruba infrastructure.

Key components of the Aruba 360 Secure Fabric include:

  • Aruba IntroSpect UEBA solution : A new network-agnostic family of continuous monitoring and advanced attack detection software. Includes a new entry-level edition and uses machine learning to detect changes in user and device behavior that can indicate attacks that have evaded traditional security defenses. Machine-learning algorithms generate a Risk Score based on the severity of an attack to speed up incident investigations for security teams.
  • Aruba ClearPass : A network access control (NAC) and policy management security solution that can profile BYOD and IoT users and devices, enabling automated attack response, is now integrated with Aruba IntroSpect. ClearPass can also be deployed on any vendor’s network.
  • Aruba Secure Core : Essential security capabilities embedded in the foundation across all of Aruba’s Wi-Fi access points, wireless controllers, and switches, including the recently introduced Aruba 8400 campus core and aggregation switch.

Aruba said its new framework delivers betters and complementary attack detection with leading third-party security solutions. An emphasis is places on rapid response for breach investigations based on forensic traffic analysis.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dell'Oro: WLAN market bolstered by cloud subscriptions

Migration to higher-end and Cloud-managed products will bolster the Wireless LAN market between now and 2021, according to a newly released market forecast report by Dell’Oro Group, which predicts that average prices will rise with user adoption of new technologies and Cloud subscription licenses

“The trend is clear—users are willing to pay a premium for higher-performance WiFi experience,” said Trent Dell’Oro, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “Over the past several quarters average prices have been rising on like-for-like class of products. For example, upgrades to 802.11ac Wave 2, and NBASE-T have been contributing to rising average prices. We predict the trend will continue in 2018 and beyond as 802.11ax products become widely available. What we found most interesting is the impact Cloud-managed subscription license will have on average prices over the long run. By the fourth year of the forecast, the compounded income from licenses will be a significant contribution,” added Dell’Oro.

The Wireless LAN 5-Year Forecast Report highlights other key trends, including:

  • A discussion on the role 5G may play in Enterprise Campus networking.
  • An analysis of Enterprise Campus networking trends for wired Ethernet and Wireless LAN.
  • Cloud-managed Wireless LAN forecast by access points versus subscription licenses.
  • An in-depth analysis on the adoption of 802.11ax, at different price thresholds.


http://www.delloro.com/news/higher-end-cloud-managed-product-migration-bolster-wireless-lan-market-according-delloro-group

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Marvell Intros Campus Switch Silicon for 2.5 GbE

Marvell introduced its Prestera 98DX325x campus programmable switch optimized for 24- and 48-ports of 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

The switching silicon offers dedicated 10GbE and 40GbE uplinks and stacking ports. Key features:

  • 48 ports of 1GbE with four ports of 10GbE uplinks and two ports of 40GbE stacking for standard Enterprise and SMB/SME access deployments
  • Up to 24 ports of 2.5GbE with 10GbE and 40GbE uplink and stacking for large wireless campus deployments
  • Support for virtual bridging and routing and congestion management features enabling software-defined networking (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV) cloud-managed network deployments
  • Advanced virtual overlay networking offering support for NVGRE, VXLAN-GPE, NSH, GENEVE, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), TRILL and GRE
  • Server virtualization compliant with IEEE 802.1Qbg EVB, 802.1BR Port Extender
  • IEEE 1588 1-step timing for precision timing applications

Sampling is underway.

“2.5GbE network ports are being widely deployed in campus environments. This is a prime time for a disruptive, cost-effective 2.5GbE access solution with 40GbE uplinks or stacking,” said Michael Zimmerman, Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Storage and Infrastructure (CSI) Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

http://www.Marvell.com

Friday, June 3, 2016

IDC: WLAN Market Shows Steady Growth

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 4.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), while declining 10.7% on a sequential basis, according to IDC's newly updated Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

Some highlights:

  • The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide WLAN market grew 4.5% year over year in Q1 2016
  • 802.11ac now accounts for 59.6% of dependent access point unit shipments and 75.6% of dependent access point revenues, representing a noticeably faster adoption rate than the 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n transition several years ago
  • Consumer WLAN market revenue was flat on a year-over-year basis in 1Q16. The adoption of the 802.11ac standard in the consumer market has been significantly slower than in the enterprise segment. In 1Q16, the 802.11ac standard accounted for just 18.4% of shipments and 46.1% of revenue in the consumer category.
  • Cisco's 1Q16 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increased 2.7% year over year in 1Q16. Cisco's worldwide market share came in at 45.2% in 1Q16, up from the 45.0% seen in 4Q15, and down from 47.8% in 1Q15. 
  • Aruba-HPE (combining HP and Aruba but excluding its OEM business), after several consecutive quarters of growth, declined 2.3% in 1Q16 on a year-over-year basis. Aruba-HPE's market share stands at 15.8% in 1Q16, down from 15.9% in 4Q15 and 17.6% in 1Q15.
  • Ruckus had a strong quarter in 1Q16, growing 21.3% year over year. Ruckus accounted for 7.7% of the overall market in 1Q16, up from 6.7% in 4Q15 and 6.9% in 1Q15.
  • Ubiquiti experienced very strong growth in 1Q16, increasing 63.3% year over year. Ubiquiti accounted for 4.3% of the overall market in 1Q16, up from 2.7% in 4Q15.
  • Aerohive also experienced noteworthy growth, increasing 62.9% year over year in 1Q16 as it continues to benefit from E-rate implementations in the U.S. In 1Q16, Aerohive held 2.3% of the market compared to 2.5% in 4Q15.


"2016 is off to a strong start in terms of WLAN market growth, compared to the situation in the first quarter of 2015," said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "With no major macroeconomic or geopolitical disruptions during the quarter, and as many network refreshes came due, WLAN spending trended upward in 1Q16."

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS41338416

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blueprint: Top Three 2015 Predictions for Wi-Fi Networks

by Bruce Miller, Vice President of Product Marketing, Xirrus

Analysts predict that by 2018, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices and connections - about three billion more than now. Further 2018 predictions expect mobile IP traffic will reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes, up from less than 18 exabytes in 2013. New and innovative Wi-Fi technology must be used to manage the massive increase in mobile data traffic.

Wireless technology enables businesses to interact with customers, partners and the entire supply chain from anywhere, anytime and on any device, ensuring business continues under even the most challenging circumstances. Further, those with Wi-Fi enabled devices expect connectivity and continuity when they visit a hotel, attend a sporting event or conference, on school campuses and even in retail outlets. As we enter 2015, IT networking professionals should consider the following when planning their Wi-Fi network infrastructure: future-proofing your Wi-Fi network, cloud-based services adoption, and migration to 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi.

No. 1 - Enterprises seek to future-proof their networks

Wireless technology and devices continue to evolve at a rapid pace (e.g., Wave 1 and Wave 2 802.11ac) in tandem with rapid growth in wireless network and mobile application usage. New Wi-Fi networking standards emerge every few years and constantly updating a wireless infrastructure strains the IT budget. A future-proof Wi-Fi network lowers the total cost of ownership by enabling technology upgrades without deploying new network infrastructure.

Previously, upgrading wireless infrastructure involved substantial planning and deployment resources and required a robust IT budget to purchase hundreds of replacement Access Points (APs). However, the ever-changing Wi-Fi standards landscape necessitates hardware and software upgradability within the network. Replacing older radios with 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi radios simplifies upgrades, as well as, lowers costs by eliminating new equipment needs and new cabling. As 802.11ac Wi-Fi enabled devices increase in the market place, networks will require upgrades to meet the demands of both devices and mobile applications.

No. 2 - Cloud-based services become a driver for better Wi-Fi

Cloud-based services have driven immense changes in enterprise IT everywhere. IT lacks visibility of and no longer controls all the applications running over their networks. These applications increasingly reach into the cloud for software updates, data backups, and SaaS usage resulting in congested networks, unpredictable usage patterns and security concerns about unknown data sources.

Network architects must alter Wi-Fi operations in order to ensure business-critical applications operate properly and maintain user experience. Wi-Fi solutions now require scalability and application control to manage the ever-changing requirements of the future.

No. 3 - 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi  takes off

Millions of new wireless devices are activated every day. For example, when iPhone 6 and 6 plus launched in October, 4 million people preordered and 10 million purchased the first weekend, and up to 100 million more were expected to ship in the first six months. The existing install base already exceeded more than half a billion of iOS devices. On average, each person carries 2.8 wireless devices. All businesses depend on Wi-Fi access for communications and business applications including ERP, CRM, business analytics and collaboration. At the same time, mobile devices bring an array of recreational and personal applications to these same networks.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard delivers much faster performance than the 802.11n standard. 11ac offers higher bandwidth and. enables new applications that were previously impractical with Wi-Fi connections, including real-time access to business information and ability to transfer larger amounts of data.

2015 calls for network infrastructure updates to address the increase of new mobile devices and the applications they run. Network architects face the challenge of supporting a variety of new connections on their Wi-Fi networks as wearable tech and IoT become more popular and pervasive In addition to supporting traditional data and application traffic, the Wi-Fi network also needs to support different services today, such as voice, video and storage. Deploying a future-proof Wi-Fi network becomes necessary to upgrade as new wireless standards, such as 802.11ac Wave 2, emerge to support the tsunami of devices in the near future.

About the Author


Bruce Miller is the VP of product marketing at Xirrus. He has been in the networking and communications industry for more than 20 years, holding positions in marketing, business development and engineering. At Xirrus, he has led product marketing, product management, customer support, and training functions at different points in time over the past five years. Before Xirrus, he held roles at Ixia, Lucent, Cabletron, NetVantage, and Plexcom covering technologies including switching, routing, wireless, storage, DSL, and cable. Additinlly, he was involved in the development of the original 802.1Q and .1p VLAN and QoS standards in the IEEE.

About Xirrus

Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions – Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches – provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Dell'Oro: WLAN Market Forecast to Expand Nearly 40% by 2019

The wireless LAN market is forecast to expand nearly 40% from 2014 revenues, approaching $13 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Dell’Oro Group.  A mini-upgrade cycle is expected to occur this year thanks to new 802.11ac ‘Wave 2’ Access Points and 2.5 & 5 Gbps Ethernet interfaces on Access Points.

“We expect 2015 to be a pivotal year for the Enterprise-class WLAN market with the introduction of higher speed 802.11ac Wave 2 systems,” said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group.  “This will drive a need for greater Ethernet speeds, opening the door for an upgrade cycle to 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet, which will drive a potential upgrade cycle for Campus Switching as well.”

In response to the new technology trends emerging in 2015, the Wireless LAN Five-Year Forecast Report now contains a forecast of both Wave 1 and Wave 2 802.11ac for Enterprise-class devices.  In addition, in a related report called the Enterprise Edge Five-Year Forecast Report, Dell’Oro Group now forecasts both 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet switch ports.  Also included in the report are estimates on total SP WiFi units and revenue forecasts, and an analysis.

http://www.delloro.com/news/wireless-lan-market-forecast-expand-nearly-40-percent-approaching-13-billion-2019-according-delloro-group-forecast-report

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fortinet Intros WLAN APs with Threat Protection and Analytics

Fortinet released seven new Wireless LAN Access Points aimed at retailers, branch offices and distributed enterprises.

Fortinet's new FortiAP Wireless Access Points combine the company's threat prevention technology with dual and triple stream MIMO 802.11ac. The company said the FortiAP Wireless LAN Access Points integrate seamlessly with its FortiGate Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Unified Threat Management (UTM) products, eliminating the need for stand-alone network switches or wireless LAN controllers, greatly reducing complexity.

Going beyond just Wi-Fi access, FortiAP's can also be paired with Fortinet's FortiPresence Analytics solution, launched in August 2014, which delivers customer presence analytics to power the brick-and-mortar retail stores of the future. FortiPresence enables FortiAP's to function as a sensor that can analyze the location of foot traffic, distinguish between new or repeat visitors, provide historical and real-time data analysis and much more. Enabling innovative marketing engagement initiatives like social Wi-Fi access and smart digital signage, FortiPresence paired with FortiAP's enable retailers to optimize their businesses for the digital age and turning your network a competitive advantage.

"The launch of the new FortiAP Wireless LAN Access Points further bolsters Fortinet's industry-leading portfolio of hyper-secure solutions tailored for distributed enterprises," said John Maddison, Vice President, Marketing Products for Fortinet. "Fortinet's solutions go a step further than the competition, providing advanced services like FortiGuard real-time threat research and intelligence, streamlining complex networking infrastructures to ensure no downtime or interference with existing applications, and enabling deep analytics that make an organization's distributed network a competitive asset that delivers greater profitability."

http://investor.fortinet.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=890789

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meru Posts Disappointing Preliminary Results, Considers Options

Meru Networks announced preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2014, saying it now expects revenues of approximately $21.0 million to $22.0 million, which is below the previously announced guidance range of $23.0 million to $27.0 million. The company announced a restructuring aimed to reduce breakeven from approximately $27.0 million in quarterly revenues to approximately $21.5 million to $22.5 million by the end of the first quarter of 2015.  Meru also said it has retained Deutsche Bank as its exclusive financial advisor to explore strategic options, including, but not limited to, strategic partnering of its technology and possible sale or merger of the company.

"We are disappointed with this performance, yet believe that our technology advantages can be converted into greater market adoption.  We are determined to optimize the mix of partners, channel distribution, and effective direct sales necessary to put the Company back on a growth track," said Dr. Bami Bastani, President and CEO of Meru. "Today we have taken a major step in further streamlining the company structure to accelerate decision making, enhance operational efficiencies, and reduce breakeven sales to position the company for profitability."

http://investors.merunetworks.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=889925

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vitesse Samples Next Gen Ethernet Switching Silicon for 802.11ac Networks

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled its next generation SparX-IV Ethernet switching silicon optimized for 802.11ac WLAN enterprise deployments.

The new SparX-IV Ethernet switches are designed for Gigabit Wi-Fi access and aggregation, and are also suited for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The new 802.11ac access point deployments enable WLAN connections in the gigabit range.  However, to ensure this performance, uplinks and aggregation switches must be upgraded as well. Vitesse said its new SparX-IV Ethernet switches were designed to answer this need by providing the ability to aggregate from 8 to 24 access ports at 2.5 Gbps. Significantly, the switch design also adds Layer 3 routing and IEEE 1588 timing and synchronization capabilities.

“Wave 2 .11ac deployments will be all about 2.5G uplinks,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director for Vitesse. “There’s a sizeable price and power penalty by going to 10G uplinks, requiring Enterprises to install new cabling to enable the higher total bandwidth. Vitesse’s new SparX-IV Ethernet switch family optimizes the aggregation switch bandwidth and port counts to actual deployment scenarios."

Some SparX-IV highlights.

• High Density Port Configurations: The SparX-IV Ethernet switches can be configured based on connectivity needs for 1G or 2.5G Ethernet uplinks;

• Sophisticated Traffic Classification: Featuring a highly optimized TCAM architecture with more classification capabilities than the competition, the SparX-IV family readily enables

• Expanded Routing & Layer 3 Support: With added Layer 3 routing support, the SparX-IV Ethernet switches offer larger routing tables than comparable options, giving customers flexibility in Quality of Service (QoS) and IPv4/IPv6 routes; and

• Ruggedized For Industrial Environments: The SparX-IV family is industrial-hardened for rugged environments: industrial temperature range support for operating temperatures of -40°C to 125°C; VeriTimeTM IEEE 1588 timing and synchronization; and hardware-based

The SparX-IV family includes a range of configurations and is sampling now.

http://www.vitesse.com/gigabit-wifi

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Juniper and Aruba Enter Strategic Partnership

Juniper Networks and Aruba Networks entered into a strategic alliance to deliver open, converged wired and wireless network solutions.

As part of this effort, Aruba will be able to leverage Juniper's programmable silicon and new programmable application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable higher value functions in enterprise networks.  The companies said their partnership will bring product-level integration that leverages open protocols and open APIs on Juniper switches and routers, and contextual data on users, devices, applications and location available from Aruba's enterprise Wireless LAN (WLAN) products.

"With Aruba we jointly deliver a unique, interoperable wired and wireless solution that will enable customers to realize performance, cost, intelligence and simplified management benefits. Additionally, Juniper's Open Convergence Framework provides customers with comprehensive solutions optimized for the unique requirements of the Enterprise," stated Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer, Juniper Networks.

"The question on the table is not if employees will bring their own mobile devices into the workplace, but rather how those devices will be supported. There's an urgent need for IT departments to efficiently handle GenMobile's all-wireless requirements and the resulting influx of mobile device traffic. Aruba's joint development agreement with Juniper Networks brings together the best in mobility technology with a leader in wired switching and routing. The resulting rightsized network will help automate and accelerate business operations and deliver an integrated mobility experience on which GenMobile can depend," said Dominic Orr, chief executive officer, Aruba Networks.

http://www.juniper.net

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