Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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The Zero-touch provisioning is the process that can reduce time-consuming networking activities such as operating systems updating, patches or bug fixes, and features implementation, setting up WiFi access points automatically, and following agile principles.

Zero-touch provisioning could have economic and enviromental impacts when MSPs, ISPs, and SPs have to deploy a consistent number of WiFi devices.
Typically, the AP installation procedure is one of the highest cost factors in the business plan of every company.
Adding hundreds or thousands of WiFi access points through repetitious manual commands requires a lot of effort and time that becomes a lot of money in large-scale environments.
Not to mention wrong configurations, errors, and other network problems that can exceed the forecasted budget.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce time-consuming activities scientifically

Zero-touch provisioning method is based on a solid scientific approach. In 2021, Ivan Grgurević (Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) and Ivan Simunić (Solutions Architect at Ericsson and Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) have conducted a definitive study about the automation of network device configuration using Zero-Touch Provisioning.

The conference paper has shown proven significant savings in the installation time: until
over 95% (depending on the AP)

Installation time and provisioning costs represent an important cost in the CAPEX/OPEX model.
This is why this scientific study has mathematically shown as the reduction of AP installation time is directly related to the reduction of deployment costs.

Tanaza has pioneered the zero-touch provisioning methodology as a cost reduction catalyst for network deployment, when in 2020, we published an article about the real cost of wireless networks and how to calculate the TCO of WiFi networks.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions

When a ZTP is implemented in the network deployment process, MSPs, ISPs, and SPs can avoid sending technical employees onsite to perform the installation of the network access points.
Network administrators can remotely configure WiFi access points and send them pre-configured to the customer’s premises for installation.

This contributes to a significant reduction in indirect greenhouse emissions.

Today, the most valuable study conducted about the emissions for MSPs, ISPs and SPs shows that:

“Average CO2/km emissions vary by vehicle type and age, so the 120gr/km considered here is an optimistic scenario.​ If you multiply these numbers with several hundreds of field interventions typically run per day you can quickly see that there are tons of CO2 emitted per month.”
– Cisco Study

 

In environmental science, business travel carbon footprinting (travel by air, rail, bus, automobile or other modes of travel, employee commuting, and hotel stays) is part of the Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions (indirect greenhouse emissions – CO2, CH4, N2O, HFC, or CO2e emitted per kilometer or per passenger-kilometer traveled.)

Different studies conducted by GHG Protocol and Carbon Trust has shown that these categories represent some of the largest sources of emissions for companies (in some cases as high as 85% to 95%).

Zero Touch Provisioning can reduce Scope3 emissions

Net zero (that cover Scope1, 2 and 3) can’t happen without a total revolution of supply chains.
Zero touch provisioning in network configurations can be part of that change.

Through the reduction of business travels and the programmatic obsolescence of devices to change periodically, ZTP can indirectly help MSPs, ISPs and SPs to obtain international certifications as PAS 2060 in order to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to decarbonisation, and the neutralization of remaining impact through the support of environmental projects.

 

How does zero-touch provisioning work?

The Tanaza zero-touch provisioning feature is based on a highly complex algorithm. We try to resume in a few lines the ZTP architecture, trusting to express what are the branches and bounds that concur to cut costs for companies.

When a WiFi device has activated the zero-touch provisioning capability, the algorithm starts:
– to search for a DHCP server on the network to obtain the IP address,
– to obtain gateway information,
– to verify the location of the DNS server.

At this point, if the location of the DNS server is not provided or unreachable, DHCP uses other DNS services.

When the device has obtained an IP address, it faces other configuration obstacles such as:
– firewalls.

The device processes the DHCP options and locates configuration files, executes scripts, and upgrades and/or downgrades software.

If both the image and configuration files are present, the image is installed and the configuration is applied.

If only the image file is present, the image is installed on the device.

If the image is the same as the image already installed on the device, ZTP continues and skips the installation step.

If the image was unable to be fetched by the device, ZTP will try to fetch the image again.

If the image has corrupted, the installation fails.

If installation fails for any reason, ZTP will restart.

If there is no image or configuration file, the ZTP process starts again.

If there is no file server information, the ZTP process starts again.
Once the configuration is committed, the ZTP process has been deemed successful and terminates.

The precedent list is only a brief sequence of the operation that occurs during the ZTP provisioning process.
In the best cases, we have counted 19 operations that network administrators can solve with further sub-tasks and manual commands.
In these steps, random events and triggers that can cause the restart of the process can suddenly happen, increasing the number of time-consuming operations.

For instance, these events are:
– Request for the configuration file, script file, or image file fails.
– The configuration file is incorrect, and the commit fails.
– No configuration files and no image files are available.
– The image file has been corrupted, and installation fails.
– No file server information is available.
– The DHCP server does not have valid ZTP parameters configured.
– When none of the DHCP client interfaces goes to a bound state.
– ZTP transaction fails after six attempts to fetch the configuration file or image file.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Advantages of Zero-touch provisioning

The main advantages of zero-touch provisioning includes:
– automated setup of network devices;
– reduced time in manual configuration;
– reduced costs from less time being spent on manual tasks;
– easier and quicker updates;
– reduction of possible errors generated by human configurations;
– less time to get network devices operational.
– growing efficiency in large-scale device deployments.

Why Tanaza?

  • Tanaza software upgrades existing Wi-Fi networks.
  • Tanaza works with the most common easy-to-procure Wi-Fi access points available in most countries, such as Ubiquiti, MikroTik, TP-Link. If a device model is not supported yet, Tanaza may support it on request for medium to large network deployments. Discover all devices compatible.
  • IT teams do not need to deploy any hardware controller. Tanaza is 100% cloud-based and ready to use with no need for AWS instance deployments.
  • Our platform provides unlimited scalability.
  • It’s powerful and it has an intuitive user interface.

The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. Discover the Tanaza Powered Devices.

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The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. 

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✔︎ Intelbras, Comfast, Amer Networks, DCN and Yuncore with Tanaza pre-installed 

Capterra has awarded Tanaza in Capterra Shortlist 2022 as Noteworthy Product in IT Management Software

Capterra has awarded Tanaza in Capterra Shortlist 2022 as Noteworthy Product in IT Management Software

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about Tanaza Award Capterra Shortlist 2022.

The prestigious Capterra – a Gartner Property – has awarded Tanaza in the Capterra Shortlist for IT Management Software category.

Capterra Shortlist 2022 - Emerging Favorites in Network Monitoring Software

This important award allows Tanaza to become Noteworthy Product 2022 IT Management Software with the main IT Management tools of the market, including Atera, Spiceworks, Freshservice, Domotz PRO, Obkio, Pulseway, PRTG Network Monitor.

What does Capterra Shortlist consider to draw up the IT Management Software’s Noteworthy Products list?

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Noteworthy Products​ are highly rated popular solutions (sometimes even higher than the Established Players) but they aren’t as well known as the Established Players and Top Performers. 

Today, Tanaza has earned a score of
4.5 / 5 (70) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Capterra Shortlist methodology scores vendors on two dimensions: User Ratings and Popularity.

  1. The Ratings component is plotted on the X-axis and considers the overall user ratings of products based on reviews written in the last 24 months. Users rate products on a scale of 1 star (lowest) to 5 stars (highest). 
  2. The Popularity component is plotted on the Y-axis and considers average monthly search volume for a standardized set of keywords for each product, as derived by a proprietary search methodology, as well as the position of the vendor’s domain on the search engine results page (SERP) for each keyword. This is a measure of user interest and relevance used as a proxy for popularity. 

Each score (Ratings and Popularity) is weighted and scaled to a value between 1-50. 

Data sources include approved user reviews, public data sources and data from technology vendors.

Capterra Shortlist 2022 March 2022

What is Tanaza?

Tanaza is a cloud-based IT management platform developed and designed to help businesses to centralize the management and configuration of multiple WiFi access points on a unified platform. Network engineers, network administrators, telecommunication specialists and correlated IT figures can monitor network performance, optimize channel distribution and receive email alerts about identified issues.
Tanaza allows organizations to manage service set identifiers (SSIDs), provision devices for customers and track available inventory on an administrative dashboard. Supervisors can create and design customizable authentication pages to improve and enhance guests’ WiFi experience. Other features include geolocalization, network configuration, scheduled reboots, access point management, WPA2/WPA2 authentication, bandwidth control and more.

Greg K. - Consultant

“I would rate Tanaza five stars, five out of five. For more reviews like this, click below. Before Tanaza, we looked around for what was out there and nothing was really worthwhile getting. We tried a few things, but nothing really worked for us. Then we found Tanaza, which was just an absolute, a perfect find for us. And we’ve been using it for the last few years and it’s been fantastic. We chose Tanaza because their price was very affordable and their platform looked complete and very professional. And it was just perfect for everything that we wanted to be able to capture and interact with our internet users, to be able to control who’s on and the speeds, and also to be able to market to them through the Splash page and then redirecting them to our website. All the features that we wanted were there. Getting started with Tanaza was quite easy. Their set-up is very well put together and I think anybody can do it. And their support is just absolutely amazing. For anybody considering Tanaza, we absolutely recommend it. It’s just excellent. An excellent platform for the money and with all the features, it’s really… I highly, highly recommend it to anybody.”

Review Source: Capterra

Timon N. - Information Technology and Services, Self-Employed

“The most impactful features are the wifi network connectivity capabilities, It saved me a lot from its ease of use to integration, troubleshooting, configuration, and responsiveness.”

Review Source: Capterra

Peter T. - Internet

“The feature for me was the easy to create different user profile under one AP.
The social login also was a plus for me.”

Review Source: Capterra

Samuel G. - Transportation/
Trucking/Railroad

“Fácil de manejar. La instalación en dos clics. Es importante la colaboración de todo el personal para un correcto funcionamiento y aprovechamiento de todas las prestaciones. Se puede administrar remotamente (Es importante contar con la infraestructura para poder hacerlo).”

Review Source: Capterra

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WiFi notification – Receive notifications when access points go offline

WiFi notification alert system – Receive Email Alerts when Access Points Go Offline

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about how to receive notifications
when access points go offline.

Sometimes, access points can disconnect from networks for various technical reasons (wrong IP configuration settings, loss of power, poor network connectivities by Service Providers, WiFi interferences).
This could happen without warning, at different moments of the day or night.
Tanaza allows users to trigger WiFi notifications sending automatic emails to members or external guests when a device loses contact with the cloud.

Set up offline device notifications and receive real-time alerts when something goes wrong in your network

Network administrators can scan the network status in specific time intervals:

– 1 minute;
– 5 minutes;
– 30 minutes;
– 1 hour;
– 1 day.

The procedure of AP scan starts when the cloud sends multiple pings to the entire network. (Here we use generically the term “ping”. We suggest you read the technical guide about alert notification system to understand more about what ping means)

When the process has terminated, network administrators can visualize a global vision of device status on Mapbox and obtain detailed information about networks, access points and connected clients.

Wireless Network Geomapping - Tanaza

If one or more WiFi devices don’t answer to this ping, the system understands possible network problems are happening and sends as many email alerts as the offline devices are.

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Technical guide about WiFi notification alert system

Cloud-managed WiFi access points configured in Tanaza are divided in three different categories:

– APs with TanazaOS included in the firmware;
– APs that support SNMP protocol;
– APs that don’t support SNMP protocol.

The first category of the access point is monitored via a proprietary protocol that takes advantage of keepalive packets. These packets can include statistical information about the device. In this case, if TanazaCloud stops receiving keepalive packets, the device is considered “offline”.

The second category of access points is monitored through SNMP protocol. The Tanaza agent, distributed in the AP’s LAN, asks in polling the status through an SNMP request. If the device does not respond to SNMP, the device is considered offline.

The third category of access points is monitored by a simple ping executed by the Tanaza agent and distributed in the AP’s LAN. If the device does not respond to Ping, the device is considered offline.

At that moment the alert notification system triggers real-time emails.
Network administrators can select to send a notification to internal members or external email addresses.

Forget VPN and manual pings on the network

Until now, for this type of scanning, VPNs and manual pings were required.
Thanks to the Tanaza WiFi remote monitoring interface, network administrators can avoid learning useless technical activities and saving time and money without using additional platforms or network solutions.

Network APIs for WiFi alert notifications

The Tanaza WiFi alert notification system works thanks to the integration of multiple types of APIs. Soon we will publish the full list of APIs compatible with Tanaza

With Tanaza WiFi notification system you avoid to receive tons of emails for multiple disconnections

When multiple access points disconnect at the same moment, ideally, network administrators should receive as many emails as the device number. It’s not improbable that it happens.

Tanaza has studied three different mechanisms to avoid this:
1) an anti-email-storm spike that aggregates emails in a single one.
2) an inhibitor that postpones email alerts with a time interval of 1 hour.
3) a large set of APIs to detect when devices go offline and warn network administrators.

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World WiFi Day 2022 – 20th June 2022

World WiFi Day 2022 – 20th June 2022

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20th June, Tanaza celebrates World WiFi Day 2022. The global event is organized every year by Wireless Broadband Alliance under the leadership of Connected Community Forum (CCF). This recurrent event of the networking industry aims to encourage not only cities and government parties but also operators, service providers, MSPs, ISPs, tech vendors, and internet dealers, to come together to deliver connectivity to everyone, everywhere.

“Let’s bridge the Digital Divide”

Wireless Broadband Alliance

When is World WiFi Day?

Every 20th of June, the world celebrates the phenomenal role that Wi-Fi plays in our life by connecting people & things.

What is World WiFi Day?

World WiFi Day 2022 celebrates innovations and new projects that help bridge the digital divide worldwide. The goal is to improve consumer access in broadband-deprived areas in both developed and developing countries. Although the number of urban unconnected is highest in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions, connectivity remains an essential concern in Europe and North America as well. The need for urban connectivity can be due to several technological issues, often discussed by local and national political entities.

Data and facts about WIFi in 2022

The global economic value of WiFi is estimated to be $3.5 trillion in 2022 and that there are more than 18 billion Wi-Fi devices currently in use today.
And this is not the limit. New access to the 6 GHz band, additional unlicensed spectrum and the arrival of WiFi6, WiFi6E and soon of the revolutionary WiFi7 will allow a further growth for the economic value of wireless technology.
We suggest to read our guide for MSPs, ISPs and SPs, about the future of WiFi.

Data and Facts about WiFi in 2022

Facts About Wi-Fi Impacts

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Digital Divide – Key Facts

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Why do we support World WiFi Day every year

Tanaza supports the initiatives aimed at disrupting the WiFi market since the beginning. Our mission is to increase the availability, affordability, and awareness of high-quality internet access to make Wi-Fi more accessible. Tanaza creates value by freeing operators from locked-in vertical solutions that impose a software and hardware bundle.

Tanaza leverages the software and hardware disaggregation paradigm, allowing users to upgrade to TanazaOS multiple devices from different vendors. We believe that today’s market is a breeding ground for the disaggregation of software and hardware to be shared also in the WiFi networking market.
Tanaza is continuously committed, through projects and partnerships, to transforming hardware and software unbundling in WiFi into reality.

Tanaza strives to provide high-quality network services to underserved areas that have not had access due to a lack of infrastructure or high costs. Tanaza is a member of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a collaborative community among telecom companies that work to improve the infrastructure behind global connectivity. From 2019, it continues to contribute to the project, to accelerate innovation in telecommunication networks, through standardized, open-source, and disaggregated network solutions. In particular, Tanaza launched the Open Wi-Fi System project, giving proof of the compatibility of the Wi-Fi management cloud platform with TIP’s open-AP stack software, including the OpenSync™ open-source framework.

In 2020, Tanaza joined Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which facilitates network equipment operators to produce network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi by Facebook. This project is part of Facebook Connectivity, a collection of programs, technologies, and partnerships designed to increase the availability, affordability, and awareness of high-quality internet access. Program members are currently collaborating to connect underserved communities around the world and bring more people online to faster internet access.

Over the years, Tanaza has won numerous awards, both general and sectoral (including IDC Innovator; Wi-Fi Now Best Enterprise Software; Seal of Excellence of the European Commission, Capterra Shortlist Emerging Favorite 2022, Software Advice Frontrunners 2022, Software Advice Frontrunners 2022), and has received funding under the Horizon2020 project for the TanazaOS project.

 

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Tanaza May 2022 Update – New client policy feature, bandwidth control and more APs compatibility

Tanaza May 2022 update – New client policy, bandwidth control and more APs compatibility

Tanaza May 2022 update allows MSPs and IT professionals to experience a new level of WiFi access control thanks to the custom client policy feature. Now network administrators can create multiple granular client policies setting the type of block for each client, the allocated bandwidth limit, and if the client can bypass the splash page automatically.


Create and assign a custom policy to each network, SSID or client

The new Tanaza client policy introduces an advanced WiFi access control system that allows network administrators to regulate network permissions efficiently.

Network administrators can create custom client policies and assign them at network, SSID or client level.

 

Block or prevent client connections with a custom message

Not all clients are created equal. Sometimes it’s necessary to block them once connected, sometimes it’s necessary to prevent them even from associating to the SSID.

Let’s assume that in a guest network you have 500 connected clients. Ten of them are suspicious clients: some of them are visiting prohibited websites and some of them are downloading huge files, consuming a large amount of bandwidth. Typically, you should manually block each single MAC address, after careful behavior analysis.

Thanks to this feature, the user has two approaches to address this problem: Block clients once connected or Prevent clients from connecting.

Block clients once connected allows clients to associate to the SSID and receive an IP address from the LAN, but no Internet connection will be provided. These clients will appear in the client list section and they will be counted as connected clients. In this way, you can have the complete client list under control.

Let’s assume, instead, you know exactly the MAC address you want to exclude from your network before it is connected.

Prevent clients from connecting is the feature that prohibits clients from associating to the SSID or receiving any IP address from the LAN. These clients will not appear in the client list section.

 

Intuitive bandwidth management

Ensuring the perfect balance in connection provisioning is a complex task.

Let’s assume that one client is using 70% of the available download bandwidth while downloading for example a huge file.
Network administrators can proportionally decrease the download limit parameters for that client on the fly, reducing its bandwidth consumption and allowing a better bandwidth allocation among other clients.

 

More features, more APs

Tanaza has expanded its compatible device list with new AP models.

 

We introduced support for:

Some of these devices can now be directly procured from our OEM partners as Tanaza Powered Devices (i.e. with TanazaOS pre-installed). Enjoy Tanaza out-of-the-box.

 

Bring compatible APs to Tanaza in under 3 minutes, with the new Installer

The TanazaOS Installer allows network professionals to quickly and easily install TanazaOS on supported APs, which can now be brought to the Tanaza platform and configured in under 3 minutes (watch the video).
This ultimate solution is perfect for MSPs, ISPs, and enterprise businesses that need to deploy hundreds or thousands of devices.

 

New apps & integrations in the Tanaza marketplace

Tanaza is adding new vertically focused solutions, allowing several applications from Independent Software Vendors to support more use cases.
In the past, we have reached important milestones developing integrations with Express WiFi by Facebook, Cloud4Wi and Classic Hotspot.
With this May 2022 update, we welcome Social Wi-Fi.
Social Wi-Fi is the splash page and cloud hotspot management platform that allows network administrators to configure, manage and customize splash pages to obtain more valuable information about customers through social login via Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or other social network accounts. It also provides sophisticated advertising functionalities and integrations with multiple advertising-related services.

 

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