iPass and Aerohive team up to form strategic Wi-Fi partnership
iPass becomes an Aerohive Managed Service Provider (MSP) creating turnkey, value-added cloud-based Wi-Fi services for large distributed enterprise and venue owners
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2012: iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) Managed Network Services(MNS), a leading enterprise, Wi-Fi and high-speed wide area networking (WAN) platform provider, today announced its partnership with Aerohive Networks, the leader in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled enterprise networking. The Aerohive partnership will enable iPass Managed Network Services to bundle the Aerohive Wi-Fi technology into a turnkey, fully managed solution for enterprise customers.
Aerohive’s Cloud Service Platform technology allows iPass MNS to quickly deploy and manage enterprise Wireless LANs (WLANs) without the complexity of servers or controllers at every customer location. This unique cloud-enabled networking architecture provides flexibility and scale for organizations, eliminating the need to make capital investments in additional hardware and software.
“We chose iPass MNS to be our first Managed Service Provider (MSP) due to their extensive networking expertise and experience. We are excited about this partnership, particularly the added deployment and management expertise that this team will bring to enterprises seeking to leverage the benefits of our industry leading Wi-Fi technology,” said Bill Hoppin, VP of business development, Aerohive.
Aerohive’s award-winning technology brings together all of the enterprise-class features, as well as the management, mobility and security needed by organizations of all sizes today. Their cloud-enabled, distributed Wi-Fi and routing solutions deliver the functionality and performance required in the enterprise – without the cost and complexity of a controller-based solution.
iPass MNS has the experience and expertise in designing, delivering and managing tailored WAN & Wi-Fi solutions. By unifying best-of-breed technologies into a single solution, iPass provides secure, robust and highly available networks for enterprises with many geographically distributed locations. Adding Aerohive to the Wi-Fi Extend service portfolio will enable customers to leverage their high bandwidth broadband network at the wireless access layer.
“This strategic alliance between iPass and Aerohive is exciting, as we look to expand our scalable and enterprise-ready Wi-Fi solution portfolio. Customers need a highly available managed network infrastructure to support the ever increasing demand for bandwidth and device connectivity. Managed Wi-Fi is a requirement to meet customer and business demand at distributed retail, big box stores and real estate venues or shopping malls and the Aerohive partnership provides a secure, distributed way to deliver a great user experience in a very economical manner. We are not only seeing growth in the retail sector, but healthcare, insurance and financial services are experiencing similar demand. As a result of this new partnership, iPass is uniquely positioned to meet all of these needs by bringing our technology, expertise and experience to bear for our customers,” said Chris Linden, VP & general manager, iPass MNS.
Availability of product
The Managed Network Services division of iPass delivers customized internet-based wide area and Wi-Fi networking solutions for the enterprise. iPass runs a state-of-the-art IP VPN Management Platform to remotely manage large enterprise-grade networks and deliver the security, availability and performance required today. iPass has relationships with over 200 internet broadband access providers, to provide a wide variety of high speed technologies delivering 100 percent coverage for its customers.
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises and telecom service providers ensure their employees and subscribers stay well connected. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) delivers the world’s largest commercial-grade Wi-Fi network and trusted connectivity platform. With more than one million Wi-Fi hotspots across 113 countries and territories, iPass gives its customers always-on, frictionless connectivity for smartphones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the world – simply, securely and cost-effectively. Additional information is available at www.iPass.com or on Smarter Connections, the iPass blog.
About Aerohive Networks
People want to work anywhere; on any device, and IT needs to enable them — without drowning in complexity or compromising on security, performance, reliability or cost. Aerohive’s mission is to Simpli-Fi these enterprise access networks with a cloud-enabled, self-organizing, service-aware, identity-based infrastructure that includes innovative Wi-Fi, VPN, branch routing and switching solutions.
Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. The company’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Northern Light Venture Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com, call us at 408-510-6100, follow us on Twitter @Aerohive, subscribe to our blog or become a fan on our Facebook page.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
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