Writing just a bit of potentially valuable content is better than not writing at all, right? I would like to spend tons of time writing a comprehensive review about Aerohive because… well... they rock! Unfortunately (fortunately?), I am strapped for time so this will be short and sweet.
I ran into the Aerohive booth at HIMMS 2011 and I was immediately impressed with their products. Not only do the wireless access points look cool, but their approach to wireless networking is unique and effective. Aerohive uses a controller-less architecture which helps to reduce the costs and complexities of large enterprise wifi networks. I admit that enterprise wifi is relatively new to me, but I have learned a lot in the past three or so months as I have done a lot of research and comparative shopping.
I mostly compared Aerohive to the Aruba Instant product during my research and shopping. There really is no comparison. Aerohive’s Hivemanager is an amazing configuration management tool that blows Aruba’s AirWave out of the water. The ease and capability of the configuration management is what really won me over. The Aerohive products do have more functionality than the Aruba Instant, but there are plenty of resources on the web and sales people that will explain those.
Aerohive has really exceptional support. All of the technical support people that I have spoken to are top-notch!
Oh ya, and I love that they are a start-up. So far they have raised $70 million in venture capitalist funding. (TechCrunch article)
I would recommend that anyone who is shopping for an enterprise wifi solution to take a look and let me know what you think.
I also came across Ubiquiti Networks UniFi which looks like an interesting and inexpensive DIY solution.