Zebra Technologies is enabling its enterprise customers to manage Wi-Fi access points from the cloud. The company introduced its Azara cloud-managed WLAN offering, which enables the management of Zebra access points from the cloud.
NetScout Systems updated its AirCheck wireless signal tester product line to include the 802.11ac standard.
As enterprises are rolling out 802.11ac Wave 2 to boost the performance and bandwidth of their wireless networks, so too are home users starting to get a taste for the new technology.
As Wi-Fi-based products expand into new use scenarios, frequency bands, device types, and performance requirements, Wi-Fi chipset shipments will surpass 20 billion between 2016 and 2021, forecasts ABI Research.
Mojo Networks is looking to compete with other Wi-Fi access point vendors, and the vendor's latest strategy is to drop the price of its 802.11ac access points.
New software from Aruba could enable network administrators to predict Wi-Fi issues so they can proactively correct the problem. Aruba Clarity provides visibility into the Wi-Fi access layer at the user, device and application levels. Designed as a software module for the Aruba AirWave network management tool, Clarity provides intuitive forensics so proactive measures can be taken, reducing hiccups in service, downtime and end-user tickets.
Three Cisco product lines received an infusion of new products. Cisco's Catalyst, ASR and Aironet lines were beefed up this week as part of the company's ongoing digital transformation initiatives. The updates aim to solve a problem network professionals are having with performance and reliability.
Home networking gear may have very little direct impact on the enterprise network, but it's frequently true that consumer technology can impact enterprise technology adoption. At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, it appears that 802.11ac Wave 2 is making a splash.
Enterprise networking and, to a lesser extent, unified communications has a tendency to stall for years at a time with incremental improvements and slow evolution of the technologies involved. The last couple of years have been promising more rapid changes within the space, though.
Rapidly growing 4G LTE vendor Cradlepoint plans to help enterprise customers quickly deploy software-defined overlay networks through the acquisition of software-defined networking vendor Pertino.