News coverage has steadily poured in this week, offering details and analysis of Aerohive’s acquisition of Pareto Networks and its push into cloud-based networking.
With this acquisition, Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive will integrate Pareto’s routing, VPN and cloud services technology into Aerohive’s operating system (HiveOS) and Cloud Services Platform (HiveManager Online). New features and platforms will begin to be delivered in Q2 2011.
Aerohive has been successfully selling cloud-based Wi-Fi and VPN since October 2009 – with its HiveManager Online cloud-based solution. With this announcement, we are now combining Wi-Fi, the cloud and now routing all in one so that companies can buy one solution from a single source – Aerohive.
Following are some highlights of recent news coverage of Aerohive’s cloud-based networking announcement:
In this InformationWeek article, author Paul Korzeniowski talks about the fact that “Cloud computing has become all the rage recently.” But in doing so, he emphasizes that Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive has just launched the networking component of the cloud trend when it acquired Pareto Networks and its Network as a Service (NaaS) platform.
Korzeniowski writes of Aerohive’s push further into cloud-based networking, “Movement to the cloud has been evident in areas, such as software, but has been slow to evolve in the networking space. Wireless LAN suppliers, such as Aerohive, have been at the forefront of this movement.”
Chad Berndtson in his CRN article covering Aerohive’s acquisition of Pareto writes, “It’s the area of cloud-based networking, however, where many of Pareto’s services will come into play for Aerohive. For starters, most will be integrated with Aerohive’s HiveOS platform and HiveManager Online offering, which offers Wi-Fi and VPN via the cloud.”
Berndtson refers to Aerohive as “a challenger in the cutthroat wireless LAN space,” and writes, “On the cloud side, Aerohive and Pareto are both strong in cloud management and IT provisioning, but Aerohive offers on-demand upgrades and Pareto can bring end-user provisioning, geolocation, Google Maps integration and iPhone and iPad applications to the table.”
After his initial comment that the “cloud is heating up” with this week’s flurry of cloud-based networking announcements, Network Computing’s Lee Badman notes that the lines between wireless and wired networking are blurring. And he concludes the Pareto acquisition will provide Aerohive with a major advantage in the cloud-networking space.
“Pareto is a respected pioneer in cloud-based networking, and the acquisition gives Aerohive a major leg up toward the goal of providing a total cloud-based solution for small and midsize office environments. With the promise of single-view control of the LAN, WLAN, traffic shaping, firewalls, VPN and almost anything else to do with network connectivity, Aerohive’s wider offerings should appeal to organizations with tight IT budgets and staff but a desire for reliable, robust networks.”
More coverage on Aerohive’s acquisition of Pareto Networks and how cloud-based networking has taken a giant leap forward (see below). Stay tuned for Aerohive’s next set of announcements in this space in weeks to come!
* Aerohive Buys Pareto Networks To Expand Cloud Offerings (Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology)