The Great WiFi Migration

Cloud this, virtual that… it’s the future, and mostly it’s a good thing! Welcome to the great WiFi expansion, folks!

The Past

Not too long ago, when people started deploying multiple wireless access points (APs) in a single location, they realized how cumbersome it was to manage all APs individually. The masses demanded a way of managing multiple APs from a single location, and so the Controller was born. A Controller is just what the name says: a device that ‘controls’ and manages all APs from one central location.

For some time, this was the only option for managing multiple APs, and there was no way around it. And it was a great thing. It still is.

Now 

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BYOD: Is it Worth the Risk?

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon has become a highly debated topic in many organizations. While some enterprises are fully enveloped in the BYOD trend, others are hesitant to adopt this new strategy because of the numerous risks associated with it. Regardless, here is what you need to know to be BYOD-ready.

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Jibba Jabba or the Nines Nines Nines

You’ve probably heard “nines” thrown around when talking high availability, so let’s review them to make everyone talk the same talk or IT Jibba-Jabba.

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DDoS Ammunition: Are you protected?

Saar here, resident engineer at Myriad Supply. Today I’ll be discussing DDoS ammunition.

The FFIEC gives “recommendations” to banking institutions.  This is a non-binding recommendation, and there is no law per say that says you must have DDoS protection.  However, if someone suffers financial damages due to a DDoS attack on a bank, that person can hire an attorney who can then prove that the bank handled itself without due diligence in spite of government recommendations. So a reasonable judge will find the bank at fault and it would have to pay.  Add a class action, and you’re looking at a pretty hefty sum. In this article for example, http://www.scmagazine.com/banks-file-class-action-against-target-and-trustwave-over-massive-breach/article/339760/, the banks are suing Target for failing to have decent security, which cost them millions replacing stolen payment cards.

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Breaking news: Ruckus Will Be Joining The Cloud!

That’s right people, the Controller based wireless giant is working on a cloud offering similar to Aerohive, Aruba and Meraki.

For now, it is still too early to tell what we are exactly in for. Ruckus is keeping their cards close.  As a matter of fact, the whole Ruckus Cloud offering subject is very hush hush.   Just getting whispers on the subject wasn’t easy – we had to have our cousin Vinny pay a visit to Ruckus HQ with a baseball bat.

For plausible deniability, we cannot tell you what he did there. For now, we know that Ruckus will be making a public announcement of their Cloud Managed solution some time in April. We are not sure if the solution will be ready by then, or if that’s when it will be announced. What we do know, however, is that this will be a huge win for Ruckus.

Cloud managed solutions are somewhat new, and up until recently Aerohive and Meraki were the only two giants in the field. Since then, Aruba has introduced their Aruba Central Cloud management service. Meraki was purchased by Cisco in Q4 of 2012 – therefore Cisco has a cloud managed WiFi. And now, Ruckus is joining the pack!

What’s all the fuss about Cloud managed WiFi and why the move toward them, you might ask? Well, the short answer is: Cloud managed WiFi solutions offer the benefits of a physical controller, without the huge initial cost.
I will not be going over what those benefits are, as I have already done this in another blog, so if you would like to find out more on Cloud vs. Controller based WiFi solutions click here.

Ruckus Cloud Managed WiFi is huge news, and we will keep our ears open for any new information. Or maybe we will send cousin Vinny to visit Ruckus HQ again.

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Peter Yordanov. Signing Out.

Controller, Cloud Managed and Standalone WiFi Deployments, Oh My!

Hello all, the speaking.

 

In the WiFi world, there are three major types of wireless deployments. These are, as the title says, Controller Based, Cloud Managed, and Standalone; They are all different, and each one has its correct application, benefits, and vices. It has come to my attention that the differences among these groups aren’t understood well. Usually people are more interested in the brand name rather than the group it falls in. And that’s okay, I am here to help you choose the correct WLAN solution for your needs. Just to clarify, I will NOT be going into a discussion of which manufacturer falls into which category, or which one is better. That type of battle is best left alone for another day.

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