Firsts are always fun, right? Here’s a good one that I’m pleased to be writing about today - for the first time, Gartner has combined wired and wireless LAN access infrastructure into a single Magic Quadrant. And Aerohive has been positioned as a “Visionary” in that MQ, called the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure.
We all know the drill with making the Magic Quadrant, but I’ll lay it out anyway. Vendors were evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate “the ability to increase the features in its offering to provide a unique and differentiated approach to the market. A Visionary will have innovated in one or more key area of access layer technologies (e.g., convergence, security, management or operational efficiency).”
According to Gartner, “Connectivity at the edge of an enterprise network is more than just a wired or wireless LAN infrastructure. Enterprises must choose infrastructure vendors that support network services, including security and management, and can integrate wired and wireless networking products.”
Aerohive’s unique, Bonjour Gateway, a BYOD solution which was demonstrated on stage with Apple earlier this week at WWDC 2012 (another first!), played a significant role in our Visionary designation, as did other key technologies.
“Aerohive continues to be strongly positioned for growth at the edge of the network, due to the innovation provided by the Bonjour Gateway and its breadth of internally developed network service applications for security, network management, policy enforcement, client remediation and the stateful firewall,” according to the Gartner report. “Aerohive offers clients options as to where the network-based services will reside — either within the AP on-premises or in the cloud. This gives Aerohive customers a wide range of choices for deploying wired or wireless architectures.”
Gartner also recommends that Aerohive should be considered for any overlay WLAN enterprise opportunities in North America, Western Europe or Australia/New Zealand, especially in the education, healthcare and retail markets. According to Gartner’s report.
Of Aerohive, Gartner said, “Its controller-less, mesh-based architecture provides an easy-to-use and robust solution with lower operational costs, which makes it a standard bearer for market pricing of equivalent functionality. Aerohive's innovation and market messaging are driving annual growth of ~130% higher than the 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) the WLAN part of the access layer market is currently experiencing. Network service applications for security, guest access, network management and policy enforcement can be defined on an appliance or in the cloud before being deployed to the edge of the enterprise network.”
On stage with Apple at WWDC. Being named a Magic Quadrant Visionary. It’s been a good week here at the Hive