ADTRAN Inc. has expanded its suite of Bluesocket vWLAN Access Points (APs) to address more applications across enterprise vertical markets for channel partners and service providers.
The new Bluesocket 1900 series of intelligent access points joins the existing 1800 series to offer simplified, secure deployments with “plug-and-play” capability that requires no manual configuration, the company said. Also, a built-in stateful firewall enforces security policies at the edge, ensuring that unwanted traffic never enters the network and authorized traffic is immediately prioritized.
“ADTRAN is continuously evolving and advancing the Bluesocket platform to deliver first-class wireless solutions for next-generation networks,” said Mads Lillelund, general manager for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Division. “The Bluesocket portfolio of access points will allow users to build a wireless network that optimizes coverage, capacity and throughput, accelerates support for emerging mobile devices and networking trends while at the same time meeting very specific business needs, goals and budget.”
The suite of Bluesocket access points are now geared to address a variety of high-growth Wi-Fi deployment scenarios, including bring-your-own device (BYOD) in the enterprise; one-to-one rollouts for K-12 education with security and policy management to ensure a safe and secure learning environments; high density environments like large convention centers, lobbies, cafeterias and office buildings; outdoor deployments, such as campus coverage, stadiums, playfields and other ruggedized environments; and multi-site, geographically disbursed locations including globally.
The suite also eliminates the need for hardware controllers via the cloud-enabled software-based vWLAN solution, so ADTRAN can offer cost-effective wireless deployment for the SMB market. Rather than centralizing user control and network management on a physical device, vWLAN redefines Wi-Fi networking by leveraging network virtualization and centralizing control on a virtual machine. By eliminating the physical controller, vWLAN allows an enterprise to operate multiple WLANs as one unified network with private cloud control.
On the service provider side, managed service providers can utilize the APs to generate new revenue streams through cloud-based deployment flexibility, including hosted and multi-tenant WLAN service scenarios. The vWLAN can be operated in a public cloud offering in which the user control and network management is hosted on behalf of an enterprise.