WLAN management takes to the cloud

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Aerohive, D-Link and Meraki deliver enticing alternatives to on-site management

The cloud is everywhere today, offering the possibility of all manner of IT functions on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. In this test, we looked at three companies that provide WLAN management services in the cloud, and we came away impressed.

Because of the mission-critical nature of network management and the fact that these tools have traditionally lived on-site, there is some understandable skepticism toward cloud-based WLAN management. But we discovered that cloud-based management offers an interesting path to reducing cost, improving productivity and offering a range of functions that otherwise would involve sizeable capital investments.

The idea of moving wireless LAN management to the cloud has proven so interesting that a number of vendors are now delivering these services. We tested three cloud-based offerings: HiveManager Online from Aerohive Networks, D-Link's CloudCommand and Meraki's Cloud Controller.

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