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Aerohive is excited to be at ISTE 2019 this week in Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our cloud-managed networking products excel in many industries such as healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and hospitality. Aerohive has long been a favorite of many network administrators in education as well.

ISTE attendees can stop by Booth #2652 for a demo of HiveManager, Aerohive’s complete cloud-enabled network intelligence platform, which provides analytics and insights powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. In addition to a HiveManager demo, visitors can also participate in the popular game of Wi-Fi Feud, view Aerohive’s cloud-managed NAC solution, and see the new Wi-Fi 6 gear up close. During expo hours, an Aerohive K-12 customer will be available to speak with any ISTE attendees who are evaluating WLAN vendors.

Aerohive’s solutions for K–12 allow IT departments to build fast, stable, and secure networks while providing a great experience for teachers and students. IT departments will spend less time “fixing” the network while teachers and students will spend less time dealing with slow connections or inability to access necessary network resources.

Here are four reasons why Aerohive is the perfect partner for educators.

Keep Your Network Management in the Cloud

When Wi-Fi was first introduced in the late 1990s, access points had to be managed individually. From there, we moved to hardware controllers in order to manage all of the devices at once. Controllers were needed in the early 2000s because the processing power in access points couldn’t handle the processing power by themselves. They were connected back to a controller to handle processing and policy enforcement. Controllers created a single failure point, and a single choke point. As technology progressed, some companies built controllers in the cloud, but just moved the failure/choke point offsite. There is another way…

Aerohive, on the other hand, built the best of both worlds. Our access points, switches, and branch routers can all be managed from a cloud interface, accessed anywhere in the world, but all of the access points are distributed and talk directly to each other. This distributed model creates efficiencies for IT departments (ease of management without onsite hardware) without adding new failure points in a network. It’s having your cake and eating it, too.

Easily Secure Your Wi-Fi While Onboarding Users

We’ve written about our Private Pre-Shared Key in a previous blog, and it’s an imperative tool when building K–12 Wi-Fi networks. Regardless of your deployment model (BYOD, school owned, etc.), PPSK will work with all devices. With PPSK, users will connect to the network as they would at their house. However, IT will be able to limit the number of devices each student or teacher can connect, as well as revoke a user without impacting others. If you are using a single pre-shared key (PSK), revoking a single device would mean that an IT department would need to change the key for every device. This process could take days or even weeks depending on the size of the network. With PPSK, you’re done with just a few clicks of your mouse.

As your school looks to deploy IoT devices or have even more control on how devices onboard onto your network, you’ll also want to check out Aerohive A3 for a cloud-managed network access control solution.

Upgrade and Update on Your Schedule

Because of Aerohive’s distributed model, you have a high-level of flexibility when it comes to upgrades and updates. With many enterprise networks, you’ll be limited on upgrading access points when new models come out. Aerohive was the first vendor to ship 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6 access points last year. Existing Aerohive customers could make use of the new technology by swapping out APs in areas they wanted to upgrade. Existing 802.11ac APs can work with Wi-Fi 6 APs. There is no onsite management system that requires upgrading or replacing.

You can also update your APs on your own schedule. Instead of having to upgrade all access points at once when new firmware is released, Aerohive’s HiveManager allows you to upgrade a single access point (or groups of access points) at a time in order to test the changes in your environment.

If your school moves into a season of expansion where you are adding buildings, Aerohive can grow right alongside you. You’ll just need to add switches and access points to the new building, and you’ll easily add them to HiveManager to be managed with the rest of your network.

Block Apps and Services at the Edge

Application Visibility and Control, or AVC, is one feature out of the multiple elements that should be considered when you are looking at a Wi-Fi solution. AVC enables the ability to see what applications are being used on your network, including peer-to-peer applications, who is using them, how much bandwidth they are consuming, and the ability to take action to ensure that your bandwidth is being used in the way that you intended.

The legacy method of providing application control was to simply whitelist or blacklist traffic. Today’s teachers and students will not stand for such absolute policies. If they cannot get to the desired site, or use a particular application, their assumption is that the network is down. Rather than prohibit certain sites or apps, you may choose to simply limit the amount of bandwidth that can be consumed by them. Another way to get to the same end is to use quality of service (QoS) rules to prioritize preferred traffic. With Aerohive’s access points and switches, you can prioritize key school applications and services above all other content.

As with everything Aerohive does, AVC happens directly on each AP. HiveManager isn’t involved in processing the traffic, though.

Don’t Take Our Word For It

In a recent HiveCast episode, we discussed how Aerohive finished strong with the 2019 E-Rate Form 471 funding requests filed for our products and services increased by approximately 55 percent year-over-year to more than $37 million, as reported by E-Rate Profit Works.

During this HiveCast, we talk about:

What is E-rate What motivates K-12 IT Departments How does Aerohive supports BYOD, 1:1 initiatives, and the onslaught of IoT devices, such as smartboards, and security cameras Learn why Aerohive is an attractive solution in K-12 and how we ensure teachers have the right tools for digital learning and testing applications How Aerohive addresses 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) and our perspective Provide any relief through our AI-powered network management system, where you can gain insights and the leniency you need Find out how school districts unify their campuses with Aerohive’s integrated and complete wired and wireless product portfolio, and secure access management.

“We are seeing clear signs that the US Education market is returning to growth as it looks for better ways to fold technology into curriculum, and as it starts the upgrade to Wi-Fi 6,” said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. “With the increased proliferation of digital learning technologies in the classroom, administrators have quickly realized the immediate need for better and simpler choices to keep their students safe while collaborating online. Our Cloud-managed AI- and ML-driven network architecture makes deploying, securing, and managing student devices simple and secure for schools and libraries.”

 

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