What’s the next best thing to being among the anointed few who get to attend Apple’s WWDC 2012? Being on the WWDC stage with Apple, of course!
Aerohive took the stage at WWDC 2012 just moments ago when our very own Vice President of Business Development Bill Hoppin stood alongside Apple’s Stuart Cheshire (father of the Bonjour protocol) and demonstrated our slick new product – Bonjour Gateway.
In a session called Simplify Networking with Bonjour (how’s that for tying into Aerohive’s theme, Simpli-Fi Enterprise Networking? ), Bill showed attendees how Aerohive is offering (bring your own device) BYOD management to help with the explosion of iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices in the workplace.
Here’s how the demo went down:
The demo kicked off with Stuart explaining to the audience that, on stage, he has two Wi-Fi access points (APs), each on different sections of the network.
He had an Apple TV connected on one subnet network, and a MacBook on the other side of the network.
Normally this set-up is a problem, he noted.
Enter Bill Hoppin from Aerohive, and a solution to this problem!
Bill, of course, first explained what Aerohive’s all about and where we fit into the Apple landscape, explaining “Aerohive makes Wi-Fi access points (APs) and we find we are connecting a lot of iOS and Mac OS devices out there. We are also seeing a tremendous uptake of Apple TVs because it’s basically the best possible way of displaying anything on the planet.”
The problem, he explained, is that people connect Apple TVs on a different subnet than their APs, and what this means is iPads or other devices that are connected to Wi-Fi don’t have access to that great Apple TV (or printer or file servers) if they are on a different section of the network. “So we built the Bonjour Gateway capability in order to make certain services on the network available across different sections of the network or subnets.”
Without Aerohive’s Bonjour Gateway, in order to make all services available to all areas of the network, then the Bonjour services list would be a mile long – and difficult, if not impossible, to manage. “We want to help people manage BYOD in a more controlled, measured way and that’s what we’ve done with the Bonjour Gateway, which I am demo’ing here today."
Bonjour Gateway is in beta now, but will be available in July. Bill explained, that Bonjour Gateway does not require Aerohive Wi-Fi to work. “All Apple customers, anywhere on the planet, have this capability available to them as long as they have one of Aerohive's products connected into the network.”
That’s it in a nutshell. Stay tuned for more Apple related/BYOD features coming out of Aerohive in the near future. And to learn more about Aerohive’s Bonjour Gateway please visit here, or keep the discussion going in our comments section.