HP Expands Cloud Wi-Fi Management Options
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The new HP Cloud Managed Network Wireless LAN solution will enable enterprises to manage their wireless infrastructure without the need for an on-premises controller. Kash Shaikh, senior director, Product and Technical Marketing, Networking at HP explained to Enterprise Networking Planet that the Cloud Managed Network concept is somewhat similar to Cisco's Meraki solution.
Cisco acquired Meraki for $1.2 billion in 2012. Cisco has since expanded the Meraki technology with new hardware options. Shaikh said that in his view, the HP solution offers a more consistent controller approach with HP's existing Wi-Fi architecture.
The Cloud Managed Network option isn't for all of HP's access points, however. It's currently limited to the 300 series.