Aerohive recently participated in Wireless Field Day 3 (WFD3), an event organized by Gestalt IT and the charismatic Stephen Foskett, which brings together independent industry experts and vendors to discuss advancements and innovations in Wi-Fi technology.
This year, the Aerohive team decided to try something new. Rather than bring the delegates to our offices for a few hours of PowerPoint, we rented out space at a local bowling and entertainment venue for dinner and discussion. We brought along a crew of technical experts within Aerohive so the delegates could pick their brain, 1-on-1.
And, thanks to Dan Cybulskie’s blog post, this event turned into a very polar bear affair even before it started! Upon arrival, delegates were greeted by a polar bear to escort them into the venue. It turned out to be a polar bear family re-union as the delegate crew brought a polar bear of their own.
A Peculiar Polar Bear Greeting
The first order of business was to make sure Dan was adequately prepared to deal with polar bears up in the Frozen Nord (Canada), where siren alarms apparently are a frequent signal to residents that a polar bear attack is imminent A “polar bear safety hat” should prove invaluable in such situations!
Dan's Polar Bear Safety Hat
Once the delegates were settled in, I provided a brief overview of the Aerohive controller-less Distributed architecture, specifically covering how Cooperative Control enables RRM, secure branch / teleworker tunneling, secure guest tunneling to a DMZ, and layer 3 roaming. The venue sound quality proved to be a bit of a disappointment, as it was a bit loud with the sports activities in the next room over.
Capabilities of Aerohive Cooperative Control
We also discussed enabling mobile devices in the enterprise through enhanced performance and proper high-density design for iPad environments. Finally, we talked about handling BYOD (bring your own device) network security concerns by understanding the different approaches available (corporate versus personal ownership), Aerohive’s context-based security capabilities, and service-aware networking to enable mobile devices once they are on the network with our Bonjour Gateway.
Aerohive Context-Aware Security
We rounded out the evening with a social hour, which included live Bonjour Gateway demonstrations, a little bocce ball, table tennis, and discussion amongst delegates and Aerohive technical staff.
We appreciated the opportunity to be a part of WFD3, and would like to thank Stephen Foskett for organizing these great events, the delegates for taking time out of their schedules to discuss Wi-Fi solutions with us, and the PrimeImage video crew for the professional quality they bring to the events!
Andrew von Nagy
P.S. – As the MC for the evening, I decided to wear a little BR Bling, Flavor Flav style