Improve business networks using cloud-managed solutions

Improve Business Networks using Cloud Managed Solutions
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Cloud-managed solutions can be the right approach to improve business networks while reducing CAPEX and OPEX with open and disaggregated network solutions.

 

For many businesses, the hidden costs of dealing with underperforming on-premises or hybrid networks can represent a significant obstacle to surmount, especially with the current situation that requires more availability and everything managed remotely.

 

Because of the urgency of having reliable network connectivity, many businesses are becoming quicker to react to the situation by upgrading networks. However, the upgrade needs to be done smartly.

 

Nowadays, adopting a cloud-managed network infrastructure allows organizations to save a considerable amount of money and time. Primarily, organizations operating wireless infrastructure in multiple locations can take advantage of deploying WLANs in the cloud and drive all the IT team’s work remotely. Therefore, companies will rely on a high-quality wireless experience at reduced costs.

How to improve business networks efficiency with a cloud-managed platform?

First of all, managing your networks from the cloud implies having management software that allows you to operate and control networking devices and networks from a single dashboard. It should also let you overview the network’s health and enable you to troubleshoot instantly from the cloud if a problem arises.

 

The key features that you should be looking out for in a cloud management platform are:

Centralized management

Operating networks in the cloud allows you to easily manage access points from any place, at any time. Through a single centralized dashboard, your management and monitoring processes are simplified, independently from where the access points are located. 

 

Centralized management lets users configure and monitor multiple WiFi organizations and networks, networking devices, SSIDs, and clients from one platform. Also, you can configure the access points in the network in bulk. This feature guarantees an issue-free, fast and easy provisioning of new access points.

Remote management

The management of a network in the cloud allows, first of all, to control any operation remotely. Remote management facilitates real-time monitoring and troubleshooting, dropping the need to travel to the site in case of issues.

 

You can check how many client devices are currently associated with a WiFi SSID and how much bandwidth they are consuming. Also, you can track the network’s device traffic and monitor bandwidth demand. Oversee the access points’ health status, mostly if the number of connections requested for an SSID increase.

Zero-touch deployment

With cloud management, access points can connect automatically to the cloud, and there’s no need to provision them. Thanks to the zero-touch feature, installing a networking device without needing to configure it on-site is a piece of cake. A new device can be sent to a site already configured to mount and power it up by a local employee without IT-skills. 

 

Manual configuration is complex, with a high predisposition to errors, costly, and time-consuming. Someone with the necessary configuration skills has to go on-site and set up the device before completing the central management system’s configuration. 

 

This strongly reduces the lead time, the number of hours spent on installing and minimizes configuration errors.

Scalability

Cloud management offers highly scalable capabilities that are difficult or expensive to deliver on-site. In the cloud, you can start managing a low number of devices and scale over time when your business grows and needs to add more capacity. 

 

The requirement of resources can be increased or decreased according to business needs. Furthermore, you expand your network without large capital investments, as cloud-based approaches are usually based on a pay-as-you-go structure or subscription plans. In this case, you only pay for the capacity used and do not incur unexpected costs. 

 

The flexible pay-as-you-go formula is based on your request for a software budget easy to manage. You are charged for the number of access points connected to your network. With no limitations in the number of connected clients, networks, and locations. Therefore, software costs are manageable and predictable.

Simplified troubleshooting

With WiFi management being in the cloud, administrators can quickly troubleshoot any issue related to access points and WLANs from a centralized platform. They don’t need to go on-site to restore the problem, preventing disaster recovery physically. Cloud provides IT with the troubleshooting tools to respond quickly to any potential issues and immediately stop any network anomalies.

Reduced hardware costs

With cloud-based WiFi management, CAPEX costs are considerably reduced. Indeed, you eliminate expensive hardware controllers in the network infrastructure.

 

Controller hardware devices, such as hardware controllers or cloud keys, represent a single point of failure. The entire system is at risk when a single element fails, as the whole remote visibility and centralized configuration capabilities get disrupted. 

 

In a cloud-based environment, the access points will connect directly to the cloud infrastructure over the internet. There will be no need to have any intermediary device, such as a hardware controller. The management traffic is isolated from the users’ traffic and securely reaches the cloud.

 

The users’ traffic flows through and goes directly to the destination, invisible to the infrastructure. The cloud service may be free, freemium, or subscription-based. Therefore, differently from the hardware controller at a higher cost, the cloud-based management solution gives businesses more adaptability to their budgets.

Reliability

One of the most relevant WiFi cloud deployment characteristics is that network availability is ensured. If the connectivity is temporarily lost in a location, cloud management enables the Internet-connected devices to work as usual. In this way, the current sessions are not interrupted. Furthermore, in case of disaster, a business can rely on a team of professionals. Their only goal is to enable your operations and keep them up-and-running, no matter what.

Tanaza is the ideal cloud-managed solution to operate your WiFi networks and improve your business networks.

Tanaza WiFi cloud management is the perfect alternative to the outdated on-premises deployments. Tanaza relies its cloud platforms on the robust Amazon Web Services (AWS). The highest security levels available on the market are guaranteed while running on a robust cloud infrastructure.

 

The Tanaza platform is the cloud-based WiFi management software that makes deployment, configuration, and remote monitoring of networks easier. The core technology, TanazaOS, is based on the reliable and powerful Linux-based Operating System, which is compatible with multiple WiFi access points.

 

TanazaOS is extremely fast in sending configurations to the access points. The most complex network-wide settings are applied to all access points within a network in less than 5 seconds. It is also secure, as it is built on the most recent kernel and bootloader. 

 

The Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform offers remote provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting of every device. Network administrators can set the network’s basic configurations, applied by default to all the cloud-managed access points in that network. And reconfigure access points without rebooting them or restarting the services, all from one dashboard.

 

Tanaza allows businesses to improve their efficiency levels. The software enables them to manage all their WiFi networks, access points, SSIDs, and clients from one single platform in the cloud. 

 

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Tanaza gives customers the flexibility to choose the WiFi access points that best meet their needs. Tanaza has a curated selection of access points, with the TanazaOS software already installed. The Tanaza Powered Devices are suitable for professional medium and large-scale deployments. 

 

Also, Tanaza has a list of devices compatible with the platform. Users are free to mix different brands within their network deployments. Discover all the devices that work with Tanaza.

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Network Administrators need to adequate the WiFi network infrastructure deployments in terms of coverage, capacity, and bandwidth requirements to cope with the increasing demand for connectivity.

This blog post will delve into the main 6 steps network administrators should undergo to design and implement future-proof, scalable, and reliable networks to effectively fulfill the data traffic demand.

1. Define the number of access points needed

As a first step, network administrators should evaluate how many and what type of access points they need for the infrastructure they are going to implement. Whether it is small or large scale, indoor or outdoor deployments. 

First of all, you need to understand all the network requirements to provide a suitable design to avoid further site analysis and use additional access points after the WiFi infrastructure is deployed.

It is paramount to consider:
– what kind of applications will be handled in the network
– what technologies WiFi infrastructure will you support
– the number of devices that will connect to the WiFi network simultaneously
– where are the most relevant areas on the site that need WiFi coverage

Finally, consider power constraints: if you use PoE+, you are allowed to support higher performing access points.

If you want to calculate the number of access points for network deployments, please read our article Network Capacity Planning – Wireless Capacity vs. Coverage.

Tanaza supports a wide range of indoor and outdoor multi-vendor devices, and it has its cloud-managed line of Tanaza Powered Devices. You have the flexibility of choosing the most suitable brand of access points for your network deployments.

2. Control the WiFi network using a survey test

The second step is beneficial to assess your network’s environment by running a WiFi survey test. This will help you to provide a robust and reliable WiFi experience. For instance, multiple access points in the same area – i.e., surrounding buildings- might be using the same channel or an overlapping channel in the 2.4GhZ band, which might lower your WiFi network’s propagation signal while generating interference. 

Furthermore, physical obstacles like trees, water, reflecting surfaces, building materials, or devices, like garage door openers, microwave ovens, cordless phones, and Bluetooth devices, are potential sources of interference that can negatively affect the WiFi network performance. By relying on the right network stumbler or survey tool with the capability of detecting coverage and capacity, you will be able to identify such interferences, solve these issues pretty quickly, and, accordingly, determine the best place where to deploy your access points. Also, knowing where your signals are and the adjacent APs is core to running your network secure and reliable.

Finding why your APs are performing badly can have the same effect as changing a channel or removing an object that produces interference.

The WiFi site survey is a fundamental component of the planning and design process before installing a new wireless network. However, it can also be used to check and improve existing infrastructures. Here are just some of the advantages of having a WiFi site survey:

  • Identify and overcome potential issues before the installation rather than restore the equipment later on.
  • Designing a made-to-measure network system is helpful to meet the specific WiFi needs of the business.
  • Save time and money by avoiding bad choices that could have otherwise been made through a lack of important info.
  • Choose the most efficient WiFi equipment for the size of the design.
  • Give businesses the security that the option selected for the network’s plan has been the best to maintain a more reliable wireless network and expand performance levels.

Those types of tools will allow you to examine and analyze your WiFi networks to better plan, troubleshoot, and deploy them.

3. Monitor the WiFi network infrastructure

It is essential to monitor networks and intervene in disconnections or troubleshooting the access points to keep an optimal and well-performing WiFi infrastructure. You should regularly monitor your WiFi network infrastructure to rely on the predictable performance, especially when dealing with high-density environments. One of WLAN deployments’ main issues is uncontrolled bandwidth usage, causing congestion and connectivity problems.

Usually, there should be a setup of bandwidth limits in any deployment location, so there’s a constraint on the data’s flow. For this reason, multiple devices allocated in a single area must share the bandwidth. Some devices request more bandwidth than others. That’s why greater bandwidth is necessary if proper speed must be maintained on different devices.

Tanaza, for instance, features an easy-to-use remote monitoring tool that effectively monitors bandwidth, by constantly checking upload and download speed, bandwidth utilization, and the devices’ load percentage. 

In order to limit the bandwidth usage, Tanaza allows you to set up a maximum number of concurrent clients per SSID and the maximum bandwidth per SSID. Furthermore, our network monitoring software remotely checks the real-time status of your devices from a centralized dashboard and sends automatic and customizable alerts if it detects outages within your network. Furthermore, Tanaza’s platform guarantees high security and reliability levels by separating the encrypted management traffic and the client traffic on different networks.

If you want to know more about measuring bandwidth requirements, read this article: How to monitor bandwidth in WiFi Networks.

4. Enhance your WiFi infrastructure’s security

Network operators should make sure that guest users can easily access WiFi networks. WiFi infrastructures must let users easily authenticate to connect to a network’s SSIDs, but, at the same time, instantly block unauthorized users trying to access the network’s management system. 

Different tools can help to prevent a WiFi network from malicious attacks.

The Internet is an environment that is easily exposed. To ensure greater network security, it is necessary to protect the Internet environment with the right encryption mechanisms. Therefore, creating a granular policy to ensure that users are protected from malicious and untrustworthy websites becomes essential in designing networks within high-density environments.

Web content filtering allows you to configure a content filtering system throughout the network to ensure users’ safe browsing. Thanks to this tool, businesses can block inappropriate websites’ navigation, for example, pornographic content, betting sites, and malware sites.

Identifying and implementing an easy-to-use authentication and encryption strategy will make your network more secure.

Operators can set up “user authentication” to control users’ access to the network. 

Captive portals are often used for open wireless networks when authentication, payment, or acceptance of a license agreement or user policy is required. 

A captive portal may be the right solution to control and manage broadband Internet access resources on the network facility. Also, paired with a Walled Garden, which can direct users’ navigation paths within particular areas to allow and/or prevent access to specific contents –typically used to restrict Internet access. 

Tanaza features a built-in responsive and easy to set up splash page, allowing guest users to authenticate in seconds. You can access SSIDs with password encryption even in the presence of a captive portal. An access point can have from 1 to 8 SSIDs, and each one lands on a web page of your choosing, allowing you to view different splash pages to guarantee a different experience according to the needs of your business.

Tanaza gives the possibility to create a personalized Walled Garden to reach any domain you want. Suppose you select a list of websites that users can visit even without providing their personal data. In that case, Internet browsing is limited to a fixed number of pages, allowing everyone to access basic services without authentication.

5. Opt for a scalable network capacity

Many people expect to connect simultaneously to the same network in a dense wireless environment. So, it is important to design a flexible WiFi infrastructure to deploy the necessary capacity when needed.

A scalable solution is an answer to meet the higher user-density demand. It will allow you to manage a given number of access points and later upgrade them when WiFi users’ density and the related data traffic increase. In this way, your WiFi network infrastructure can effectively handle an unlimited number of connected clients.

Remember that most access points support the latest technologies and maximum data rates defined as per the standards. However, the average access points’ throughput available is usually driven by other aspects like client device capabilities, concurrent users per access point, type of technologies to be supported, and bandwidth.

Most of all, client device capabilities can affect throughput as client devices supporting only standard technologies will have lower throughput than a client device supporting newer ones.

When assessing client device throughput requirements, you can run a survey on client devices to determine their wireless capabilities. In that survey, you should identify the supported wireless bands of those devices (e.g., 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz). Also, check on the supported wireless standards (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and the number of spatial streams each device supports.

To ensure the quality of WiFi experience in a high-density environment:

  • Make sure to have around 25 client devices per radio or 50 client devices per AP. 
  • Better having a channel width of 20 MHz to reduce the number of access points using the same channel.
  • Client devices do not always support the fastest data rates. Therefore, based on the manufacturer’s advertised data rate, estimate the client device’s wireless throughput capability. A common practice is to consider about half of the data rate. Based on that value, reduce further the throughput by 30% for a 20 MHz channel width.

For instance, Tanaza benefits from unlimited scalability as it helps you manage from a few to thousands of access points, so you can scale networks when you need it. Therefore, it’s easier and faster for businesses to deploy WiFi networks.

Learn more about planning networks for capacity.

6. Improve your network’s frequency spectrum efficiency

As WiFi is becoming more and more congested, it is essential to maximize the limited WiFi radio frequency spectrum used to provide your deployment with the right network reliability. You can add more access points to handle the increased data traffic across a channel, or you can operate not only the 2.4GHz band but also the 5GHz band. 

There are different factors to consider that can help you choose the best frequency, depending on the network’s needs: interference and congestion.

Interference can slow down a network considerably, reduce its scope, and create congestion in the network. When multiple devices operate on the same frequency, there is usually interference that can affect the signal and reduce the connection speed. For this scenario, 2.4GHz is more convenient if you need to provide a better scope on your devices, have many walls or other objects where you need coverage.

Instead, the 5GHz band’s shorter waves make it less capable of going through walls and solid objects. In general, 5GHz WiFi frequency experiences fewer interferences from other devices than WiFi connections using 2.4GHz. 

Therefore, if your WiFi network is located where there are many interferences from other devices, it will slow down your connection; thus, we would suggest steering your devices to the 5GHz frequency. If you install high-density deployments or locations with a high possibility of interference, choose dual-band devices or 5GHz devices, like the DCN WL8200-I2, DCN WL8200-I3, Comfast CF-WA350, all supported by Tanaza.

For example, Tanaza features an automatic channel selection tool that’s very useful when it comes to overlapping channels. Set the channel as “automatic,” and the system will consequently find and assign the best channel to your device each time it reboots.

Read more about selecting the right channel to avoid interferences in this blog post: 5GHz vs. 2.4GHz – What is the best WiFi frequency?

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Wireless is evolving, accelerated by IoT devices, more connections, and more bandwidth-hungry applications. Future WiFi networks will need more wireless capacity and reliability as the IoT marketplace is changing rapidly. This, however, puts a lot of pressure on the network’s infrastructure, and Service Providers need to find the best solution to cope with the demand while keeping network deployments costs down. 

Managing such a complex ecosystem can be stressful and confusing when too much time and money is wasted on daily tasks. Networks are expensive, and just a few businesses can operate without them. However, even if networks are essential for business operations, the money invested in them is always seen as a sunk cost.

Many companies believe that the initial investment of network deployments ends at the time of purchase. Most people do not consider that the initial investment is only a small percentage of the costs they will have to face for use and maintenance.

Gartner, Inc. shows that only 20% of the total expenditure is reflected in the purchase of hardware, software, operations, and administration costs. In contrast, the remaining 80% is invested in what is defined as indirect costs, e.g., end-user operations like technical support or maintenance costs. Thus, the price of WiFi networks goes above and beyond the initial investment.

Five ways to reduce the operational costs of WiFi networks

1. The cost of vendor lock-in

One of the most significant barriers that MSPs and Solution Providers can face when deploying networks is the equipment’s high cost. Some solutions require specific tools in terms of hardware (brand/model), which can represent an essential cost if you need to change the hardware at some point.

Choosing closed software and hardware technologies can lead to huge OpEx, which might increase CapEx very quickly. Nonetheless, the movement of Open-Source is gaining momentum in the networking space. Enterprises are moving towards software-defined networks developed on open-standards.

This means that organizations are not locked into a single vendor when purchasing networking equipment, which can be a substantial cost-saver factor.

The more complex networks become, the more they cost to operate and maintain. A multi-vendor software can solve these difficulties because it lets you choose to work with different brands and models, including your WiFi devices.

2. On-premises system-based

Another obstacle to the growth of MSPs could be the up-front cost of the on-premises infrastructure maintenance to keep the networks up-and-running. Instead, with a software-as-a-service approach, users can easily manage networks remotely, scale businesses, and pay only for the services used. 

In this way, users can reduce not only up-front costs and maintenance costs but also CapEx by adopting a “pay-as-you-go” subscription approach.

3. Overlooked hidden costs

As mentioned above, the subscription model can replace CapEx expenses with a budget-friendly pay-as-you-go approach. This model can have many advantages and could fit your enterprises’ needs. But, its impact over time must be correctly estimated. 

Like ordinary maintenance, these costs should be previewed into a long-term analysis that compares both the purchase and subscription model’s real costs for any network investment you are planning.

Vendor’s bundling packages during the sales process also deserve a review. In a full package, users theoretically can rely on enhanced value through added features and multiple components, which is fine if the bundle package has everything. If not, the likelihood of paying for not used features is high, which will cause higher prices in the operating costs.

4. Total cost of ownership

TCO – the total cost of using and maintaining an IT investment over time – is often ignored and unbudgeted, presenting an inaccurate spending analysis. TCO in WiFi networking considers the initial purchase costs and the additional costs that arise over time and depend on the units wasted.

Although the TCO cannot be the only element to be considered in a company’s technological choice, it still remains one of the fundamental causes of underestimating very high operating costs.

5. 24/7 Support and Monitoring

According to the Enterprise Management Associations (EMA) ‘s research, Network Engineers and Operators use numerous monitoring and troubleshooting tools in their daily activities. Managing networks implies to provide 24/7 support and to be always available for customers. 

Nevertheless, if you are an MSP that deals with many clients from multiple locations, this can be a significant costly problem. Consider the transportation costs to get to the customer’s premises to install, troubleshoot, or reboot a device or even upgrade the firmware. Therefore, no matter which WiFi management software you use, to reduce costs and time, make sure the software you choose allows you to operate and monitor the networks remotely.

Remote monitoring as a solution

We recommend relying on a management platform with remote monitoring capability to reduce WiFi networks’ operational cost. It will allow you to manage all your networks and hardware equipment fast and efficiently from one place, without going on-premises.

The WiFi remote monitoring technology allows you to instantly access your equipment and operate networks based on that information. Moreover, you have a full 24/7 overview of the networks and get notifications of any critical operational issues on the system as they occur.

Moreover, it allows you to reduce costs by centralizing your IT staff or adapting your organization to make it more efficient. Managing your WiFi infrastructure remotely gives you the opportunity and the time to focus on your projects, like improve your product and service, innovate, deliver excellent customer service, etc.

Tanaza the WiFi cloud management solution

Tanaza is a cloud-based management solution to operate WiFi networks. It allows the remote deployment, configuration, and troubleshooting of WiFi networks from an intuitive and responsive dashboard.

Tanaza works with all access points powered with TanazaOS, the Linux-based operating system for multi-vendor devices. Also, it has a well-crafted selection of Tanaza Powered Devices that come with the Tanaza software already installed to give customers a plug & play experience.

The Tanaza platform allows users to manage and control thousands of networks and organizations from one dashboard. Apply in bulk centralized network-wide configurations, limit bandwidth, stir devices to different channels, create and manage multiple SSIDs, and much more.

Tanaza gives users the freedom to use multiple brands’ access points, reducing CAPEX considerably. In this way, by reusing the existing WiFi infrastructure, Tanaza enables customers to lower the WiFi networks’ up-front investment.

Furthermore, Tanaza reduces OPEX throughout the whole life cycle of the access points, from installation to configuration and maintenance, allowing to save up to 60% in costs in 5 years. Additionally, it removes the need for physical hardware controllers installed on-premises.

Lastly, Tanaza takes care of many operations, including server maintenance, back-up, security patches, and fixes, and ensures high availability of the system for minimum downtime and productivity losses. 

Tanaza is a WiFi cloud management software suitable for indoor and outdoor deployments of medium and large scale. Test the platform and experience all the features available within Tanaza with our free interactive demo.

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What is a cloud WiFi management software?

A cloud WiFi management software is software for WiFi professionals that allows you to manage WiFi networks remotely. Cloud-based means that the network is configured from a centralized platform accessible from the Internet.

This type of software makes it easier to monitor networks and intervene in disconnections or troubleshooting of the access points. All software updates are pushed via the cloud. The cloud management service is typically hosted in the cloud by a 3rd party as a subscription-based purchase model. Furthermore, WiFi administrators/managers can control their WiFi deployments via the cloud.

Cloud management technology is undoubtedly a full-blown reality today. People want to connect to the networks instantly, anytime, anywhere. ISPs and MSPs worldwide are now adapting and equipping themselves with this technology to provide a complete service that offers customers a good WiFi connectivity experience.

What are the options to manage a network?

Today, any company needs to manage information and data through networks while addressing the growing demand for connectivity. The way to manage networks ranges from manual configuring individual devices through a command-line interface to more sophisticated centralized management platforms that allow you to overview the whole network and configure and monitor thousands of devices.

Network administrators have different options to choose from

  1. On‐premises controller‐based WiFi architectures with built‐in the capabilities of the network equipment. This model adds further capital costs and another physical element to install and maintain. 
  2. Cloud-based/hybrid, centralized management platform deployed as a separate tool offered by the equipment vendor. Usually, this option provides a total lock-in of the network infrastructure, forcing users always to deploy the same brand of devices. Typically, users incur higher CAPEX and OPEX with this option.
  3. Cloud‐based centralized management third‐party platform. Usually, this option provides lots of flexibility as the platform is independent of the device manufacturer. It provides an over-the-top software layer that, in general, is compatible with multiple brands. This option allows users in the long term to save in CAPEX and OPEX while cherry-picking device brands and avoiding the complexities of vertical solutions that imposed locked-in.

 

How to choose the most suitable solution for your business’ network depends on the business’ characteristics. Nonetheless, good management software is essential in any organization, small or large. Besides, most of the company’s daily operations depend on reliable, secure, and performing networks.

Cloud vs. On-premises – What is the best option to manage a network?

Cloud-based centralized management is the best alternative to the on-premises controller-based WiFi models. Network administrators don’t have to deal with on-site servers. They can easily manage and access the networks via the cloud, allowing them to check the entire network’s status and operate them remotely.

In this way, organizations can provision, manage, optimize, and troubleshoot an enterprise-level network via a single dashboard over the Internet. Cloud gives IT the troubleshooting tools to react more quickly to any potential issues and prevent any network anomalies right away.

Cloud-based centralized management considerably reduces the cost and complexity of IT infrastructure management.

With a cloud-based centralized management solution, businesses can:

  • Reduce CapEx and OpEx considerably
  • Access quickly to the network’s data.
  • Increase or decrease resources and requirements according to the business needs.
  • Updates, handling, and maintenance of the software is done by the provider. New features and functionality are developed continuously and automatically delivered through the platform.
  • Back-up and recovery of data are less expensive and faster, thanks to the cloud capabilities.
  • Cloud provides a broad set of policies that can guarantee your business security.

 

Cloud-based centralized management platforms provide virtually unlimited compute and storage capacity, making it ideal for utilizing advanced technologies. The cloud service may be free, freemium, or subscription-based. Therefore, differently from the hardware controller with higher CAPEX cost, the cloud-based centralized management solution gives businesses more adaptability to their budgets. Lastly, it allows taking advantage of new technologies that might be way too expensive in terms of resources and costs.

What are the options to manage a network from the cloud?

Tanaza – an ideal partner to manage your WiFi networks from the cloud

Tanaza WiFi cloud management is the right alternative to the outdated on-premises systems and hybrid-cloud deployments. Tanaza relies its cloud platforms on the robust Amazon Web Services (AWS), guaranteeing the highest security levels available on the market while running on a powerful cloud infrastructure.

The Tanaza platform is an intuitive and responsive cloud-based WiFi management software that makes the deployment, configuration, and remote monitoring of networks a child’s play. The core technology, TanazaOS, is based on the solid and powerful Linux-based Operating System, compatible with multiple brands of WiFi access points.

The Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform offers remote provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting of every device. Also, network admins can manage the settings of tens, hundreds, or thousands of WiFi access points from a single cloud controller platform. Also, enable SSIDs, configure IP addresses, set radio power and channels, and more from one single dashboard. 

The platform is designed to enhance efficiency when deploying large-scale WiFi Networks. 

Network admins can set the network’s basic configurations, applied by default to all the cloud-managed access points in that network. And reconfigure access points without rebooting them or restarting the services —all from the Tanaza dashboard.

Furthermore, Tanaza provides its infrastructure as a Public Cloud Software-as-a-Service that is perfect for optimizing costs and as a Private Cloud solution for high-tier Service Providers and operators. Cloud services provide virtually unlimited compute and storage capacity, making it ideal for utilizing advanced technologies. 

Are you ready to manage your WiFi networks from the cloud?

Cloud-managed networking is rapidly growing in popularity. According to Omdia, enterprises, on average, expect to spend 36% of their IT budget on off‐premises cloud services in 2020, up from 22% in 2018. It’s time to think differently about managing your network deployments.

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Public Cloud - PROs and CONs
Pros

– Reduce costs for hardware, no need for on-premise infrastructure.

– Reduce costs for system maintenance.

– Greater reliability.

– On-demand scalability and flexibility.

Cons

– Security. More vulnerable security is often seen as the main con of public clouds; however, most clouds have extraordinary security measures.

– Not in total control of the cloud with limited access to all the information.

Private Cloud - PROs and CONs
Pros

– More control on configurations and the resources within the infrastructure aren’t shared.

– More secure as the cloud deployment is for a single organization. All the pieces in the ecosystem are designed to assure higher levels of security.

– Better performance as all data remains behind a firewall, and it has less exposure to Internet security risks.

Cons

– Higher costs. Overall, private clouds are more expensive than the public cloud as they require both hardware and maintenance.

– Higher OpEx, companies need to factor in the cost of licenses for software applications and the operating system to manage the entire infrastructure.

– On-going maintenance. Private clouds are an investment that needs continuous support and maintenance and the need for in-house high-skilled IT teams to manage and control the systems.

Hybrid Cloud - PROs and CONs
Pros

– Flexibility but to a certain extent, depending on whether there are key controllers on-premises or not.

– Scalability and deployment. 

Increased Mobility and data security.

Cons

– Difficult to implement and maintain.

– Higher costs do to private cloud and need for extensive hardware and software.

– Need for high-skilled in-house IT teams.

– Security concerns due to third-party involvement.

– Compatibility and Data Integration between public and private clouds can be a nightmare.

Public cloud vs Private cloud vs Hybrid Cloud – the debate around cloud environments has long been argued in the IT industry. Why should you consider Public Cloud instead of Hybrid or Private Cloud? What are the benefits of each of them? Which one is the best alternative?
The choice between Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud solutions depends on a variety of factors. By recognizing the similarities and differences, you can be more informed about how each cloud computing type might impact your business.
Cloud Computing represents the alternative to the on-premises traditional data center, as IT services are delivered across the Internet. The cloud environment provides an easily accessible online portal that makes it suitable for the user to manage the compute, storage, network, and application resources.
Cloud computing, in general, reduces the cost and complexity of your business IT infrastructure handling. The main benefits of the cloud concern: 

  • Cost: the considerable capital costs (CAPEX) can be drastically reduced, and the Total cost of ownership (TCO) can be easily monitored.
  • Speed: resources can be accessed faster.
  • Scalability: the requirement of resources can be increased or decreased according to business needs.
  • Productivity: while using cloud computing, there is less need to put efforts in applying and maintaining hardware and software. In this way, the IT team can be focused on reaching business goals and be more productive.
  • Reliability: back-up and recovery of data is less expensive and quick.
  • Security: a large set of policies, technologies, and controls can extend your business security.

Cloud computing in the WiFi industry

Cloud computing has been discussed in the WiFi industry, because, like other divisions of computing, it offers highly scalable capabilities that are difficult or expensive to deliver on-site, with the opportunity to also provide granular services on a micro-scale.

Cloud networks afford a deployment model for remote sites and remote employees, where IT staff resources are inadequate. Cloud management can be accessed from anywhere, distributed or centralized IT teams can easily manage and monitor distributed sites.

The most consistent benefit to cloud networking is that a business of any size can have access to an enterprise-class wireless solution that prevents IT staff from being overwhelmed or IT budget to be wrecked.

Indeed, one of the most demanding debates across businesses looking for IT solutions has been whether to implement a WLAN managed with on-premises controllers, or one with controllers in the cloud, as the most suitable architecture.

Dating back to the early beginning of WLAN history, each wireless access point was configured and managed separately from one another. This way to proceed was reasonable at the time because access points were deployed in specific areas, and the number of devices connecting to WiFi networks was slim.

Today WiFi is increasingly gaining business favour, thanks to cost-effective efficiency. But, owning and managing a WiFi infrastructure solution takes noticeable time and capital investment. Cloud computing is successfully reaching traction for a lot of business applications. Therefore, many WiFi infrastructure vendors have started looking towards cloud architecture from the WiFi perspective to launch WiFi infrastructure solutions as cloud-based services.

In fact, with the rapid evolution and growing complexity of the WLAN, it is becoming more painful and expensive for companies to staff in-house WiFi expertise. So organizations are increasingly relying on the experience of Managed Solution Providers (MSPs) to fill this divide. If MSPs optimize the cloud solution, it can make the business model much more effective, mainly because of easy-to-access remote management, monitoring, reporting, and troubleshooting.

Types of Cloud Computing: Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud

Cloud computing covers a range of categorizations and architecture models that can be classified into three main types:

 

  • Public Cloud is the cloud where the resources are owned and operated by a third-party cloud service provider and can be shared with other organizations. All the WiFi Access Points will connect directly to the Public Cloud infrastructure over the Internet, with no need to have any intermediary device such as a hardware controller. The management traffic is completely isolated from the users’ traffic and securely reaches the cloud infrastructure. The users’ traffic flows through and goes directly to the destination being invisible to the cloud infrastructure. As the same infrastructure serves multiple customers, there is an excellent economy of scale and the ability to provide services in a granular and cost-effective way.
  • Private Cloud brings the same services of the Public Cloud, but in a dedicated context exclusively used inside a single business or organization. The security offered by a Private Cloud model is suitable for any organization that needs to store and process private data or particularly sensitive tasks. However, setting up a Private Cloud may imply some set-up costs, and for this reason, Private Cloud usually requires some minimum scale to be economically viable.
  • Hybrid Cloud is a Cloud computing environment that uses a mixture of on-premises, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud services by using technology that allows data applications to be shared among them. The data can be stored locally on-premises in dedicated additional hardware while being accessible from remote.
How to choose a Cloud type or Cloud service is an individual decision. The cloud model you choose depends on which features you find most important and how much you want to invest. The more cost-effective Public Cloud is easy to manage and offers significant scalability and reliability at the same time. A Private Cloud instead gives more control to where the data is stored and keeps it more confined at a price of a higher set-up cost.

Usually, SMBs/SMEs are comfortable with Public Cloud solutions, as they can optimize their costs and leverage great flexibility. Instead, government projects may demand the Private Cloud approach for policy, to keep all data on specific servers dedicated to them, and located where they prefer. A Hybrid Cloud brings a blending of both worlds, by storing data on a device that is located on-premises, so not in the cloud, but allowing access from remote, via a cloud-portal that acts as a way to tunnel back to the on-premises device. This approach can have some advantages as well as limitations.

The Hybrid Cloud has limits

Pubblic Cloud Hybrid Cloud
Less expensive More expensive
No Single point of failure Single point of failure
Easy configuration Complex configuration
No on-site IT staff required On-site IT staff
Zero-touch provisioning APs don't connect automatically to the cloud
Unlimited scalability Reduced scalability
Software flexibility update thanks to third-party integrations Limited software flexibility
Guaranteed assistance Reduced assistance
The Hybrid Cloud seems to show more flexibility, combining elements of the leading cloud model types. But it also demonstrates to have a series of disadvantages, especially when considering multiple access points (AP) locations.

  • Number of devices to be deployed: in general, the Hybrid Cloud model requires deploying an extra hardware device dedicated to storing data and enabling remote control. This implies a potential high impact on the number of devices to be deployed. For example, with a Public Cloud solution, 100 retail stores will require 100 APs, and those APs will directly connect to the Public Cloud infrastructure. On the contrary, the Hybrid Cloud solution applied to this scenario would need a hardware hybrid controller per each location to enable the connectivity from each AP to the Cloud. In this way, costs are generally highly-impacted.
  • Single point of failure: controller hardware devices, such as hardware controllers or cloud keys, represent a single point of failure. So the entire system is at risk when a single element fails, as the whole remote visibility and centralized configuration capabilities get disrupted.
  • Complex set-up: in a Hybrid Cloud system, you need to configure the cloud key, and associate it to the APs, then connect it to the cloud portal. The set-up could be, therefore, highly complicated. On the contrary, Public Cloud solutions allow to simply plug the units and see them auto-provisioning, as there is no intermediary device to be configured.
  • On-site IT staff: sometimes APs, cloud key, and cloud portal get disassociated for some reason, for instance, APs get reset to factory settings. This means that you will need to have someone on-site to restore all these associations.
  • Limited scalability: solutions based on cloud keys (and even higher-end enterprise hardware controllers) have an intrinsic scalability limitation as they can support a limited number of APs. Once that threshold is crossed, there is a need to change the hardware controller. On the other side, Public Cloud has unlimited scalability by definition.
  • Limited software flexibility: Hybrid Cloud solutions, keeping all the data on a local device, do not allow the flexibility of cloud solutions, which can literally connect any APs to third party systems. For example, Location Analytics systems can only be enabled if there is strong integration between the APs and cloud infrastructures via APIs.
  • Disaster recovery: Hybrid Cloud vendors are usually from the hardware industry and not service-oriented. Their business model is conceived to sell hardware, not necessarily to help users operate networks. On the contrary, the mission of a Public Cloud provider is to enable IT companies while they provide managed services. For example, if there is a disaster and all the devices reset due to an electric shock, a hybrid vendor’s support may state that you should have performed back-ups daily to recover from the disaster. On the other hand, a Public Cloud provider may assert that the disaster was managed precisely by the daily back-ups, performed as part of the service, so there is no need for any further action as they take care of everything.

8 Reasons why should Public Cloud be your choice over Hybrid Cloud

  1. No single point of failure: the Public Cloud does not have a single point of failure. That means that even if one part fails, the entire system will not stop working.
  2. Simple set-up: the Public Cloud does not need an elaborate set-up. You don’t need to associate APs to the cloud key and the cloud key to the cloud account.
  3. No need to go on-site: with Public Cloud, network admins never need to go on-site to re-associate APs/key/cloud, which sometimes happens when a cloud key fails or gets reset.
  4. Zero-touch provisioning: Public Cloud provides zero-touch provisioning. With a Hybrid Cloud instead, APs do not connect automatically to the cloud and must be provisioned.
  5. Scalability: the Public Cloud has unlimited scalability. In the Hybrid Cloud, instead, some cloud keys support a maximum number of APs and sometimes have been reported to be slow in responding. 
  6. Cost: you do not need expensive controllers, that for locations with a low number of APs may represent an essential percentage of the total hardware investment.
  7. Software flexibility: Public Cloud is ready to integrate with unlimited third-party systems and applications that can deliver the exact features you need, from location analytics to marketing services to IoT.
  8. You are not on your own: in case of disaster, you can rely on a team of professionals whose goal is to enable your operations and keep them up-and-running, no matter what.

Public Cloud vs Private Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud – What will happen next?

Newly developed technologies push controllers forward, and reached the cloud environments in recent years. In a cloud-managed WLAN architecture, organizations don’t have to purchase physical controllers and deploy them on every site. The cloud works like a virtual controller that resides in a Public Cloud, and all the distributed wireless access points connect to it via the Internet.

The cloud offers remote provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting to every access point.
The cloud-managed WLAN services rely on subscribed licenses to work, and the cloud will take care of the issues such as data back-up, storage, redundancy, and more. The service may be free, freemium, or subscription-based. Therefore, differently from the hardware controller with higher CAPEX cost, the cloud-managed WLAN services, which are usually provided with an annual payment plan, give businesses more adaptability on their budgets.

Companies are now discovering that the real benefit of cloud computing is not the cost savings it can bring, but the fact that IT can react much faster and more effectively to business changes. The value of great agility and time-to-market makes cloud computing a good move for any kind of organization.

Compared to on-premises solutions, Public Cloud services are getting more and more popular among organizations of different sectors, looking for centralized management and reduced costs.

What Tanaza offers

Tanaza is an intuitive and responsive cloud-based management software that makes the deployment, configuration, and remote monitoring of WiFi networks effortless. It is based on TanazaOS, a powerful Linux-based Operating System compatible with multiple brands’ WiFi access points.

With Tanaza, you can manage the settings of tens, hundreds, or thousands of WiFi access points from a single cloud controller platform. Users can enable SSIDs, configure IP addresses, set radio power and channels, and more from the managed WiFi dashboard.

Operational efficiency is increased by allowing network-wide configurations and maximizing service availability. You can reconfigure access points without rebooting them or restarting the services.

The platform is designed to enhance efficiency when deploying large-scale WiFi Networks. It enables users to configure, manage, and monitor from one single platform, multiple WiFi organizations and networks, cloud-based access points, SSIDs, and also clients. 

Tanaza lets users set the basic configurations of the network, that is applied by default to all the cloud-managed access points in that network. This feature ensures an issue-free, fast and easy provisioning of new access points in a large-scale WiFi network.

Tanaza relies on the management of resources and cloud platforms on Amazon Web Services (AWS), guaranteeing the highest levels of accuracy available on the market and running on a secure, highly-available, and redundant cloud infrastructure.

Tanaza not only provides its infrastructure as a Public Cloud Software-as-a-Service that is perfect for optimizing costs but also as a Private Cloud solution for high-tier Service Providers and operators.

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic

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The fundamental difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic


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From a cloud-based management system to a hotspot system, and back. Tanaza’s journey towards creating the next WiFi management platform for service providers and the features that distinguish Tanaza’s latest platform from the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system.

When meeting with Tanaza customers that are currently migrating to our latest Tanaza’s platform, the inevitable questions always pop. “Sebastiano, why do you have two software? And what are the differences between them?” There’s a reason why these customers got confused in the first place.

A bit of history to refresh our beginnings

Tanaza started in 2010 with the first cloud management multi-vendor platform ever conceived. Then, we entered the hotspot business when we released the complete Tanaza Classic feature set. Afterward, we decided to refocus on cloud management for service providers and developed the latest Tanaza platform.

Well…
I tried to answer the questions about our brand name in my previous blog. However, I think there are still a couple of things to clarify on how the features overlap. Particularly now that the two products are integrated and can work together on the same WiFi deployments. I believe it is essential to understand the difference.

What is the difference between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic?

Tanaza

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Tanaza platform, which has the same name as the company.
This platform provides advanced cloud management features, including centralized configuration and remote monitoring, for service providers (check the complete list of features). Also, it will include -currently under development, a very basic splash page with click-through access.

Tanaza Classic

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Tanaza Classic (cloud.tanaza.com, editor.tanaza.com and dashboard.tanaza.com). It is an advanced hotspot system for WiFi marketing, social hotspots, and WiFi monetization. Also, it includes a small set of cloud management features.

When using both products together, it is clear that you can get the best of both products. On one side, a professional enterprise-level product to manage WiFi access points. And, on the other side, a complete set of marketing features.

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However, when using Tanaza you only use the hotspot features included in Tanaza Classic, and not the basic cloud management ones which are outdated, when compared to the latest Tanaza features. Similarly, when using the Tanaza Classic advanced hotspot system, you won’t use the basic click-through splash page included in the Tanaza platform.

The two products also will be available separately to make sure that users can get the most suitable software solution for their needs. In case users want to use the Tanaza platform features, they will need to use one of the compatible access points listed here. Alternatively, they might go for a Cosmo Networks access point.

Instead, in case of users who prefer the Tanaza Classic Hotspot features, they would need to select an access point in the compatibility list, which also includes some legacy and end of life devices.