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When companies develop new products, they face the hard step of taking a product naming decision. 

Yes, naming is hard: the name must reflect the corporate brand’s perception, the brand image that you want to create and also, it should be easy to remember and pronounce. It’s not something that you choose in a matter of seconds.

When I founded Tanaza (the company) in 2010, I choose a name that was easy to anchor in people’s minds; that sounded nice; that was short; and that had no similarities with other brand names out there. Tanaza had no specific meaning for me, but it gave me a sense of belonging, like a tribe of people that share a special view of the world and of their mission (although I discovered later that it means “to struggle” in pakistani; that it’s the name of a racing horse, in Ireland; and that there’s a lake named Tanaza in the region of Punjab).

As many mono-products companies do, I named our first product (and only product, until last year) after the company.  Tanaza was both our company name and our product name. Easy, isn’t it?

  

The product components were also named after the company: the Tanaza Cloud Infrastructure (cloud.tanaza.com), the Tanaza Hotspot system (editor.tanaza.com and dashboard.tanaza.com) and so on…

Last year, we started the development of what we called TanazaOS: a Linux-based operating system that allows access points to speak with a cloud-based wireless access controller. And in a few months, we were able to launch also the new cloud-based controller, of which you see a screenshot here:

Needless to say, for this platform that allows managing TanazaOS-powered devices, we imagined a whole bunch of names. It was a long discussion, and that the end of it, we decided that we were going to name the product just after the company. Again.

The new platform is called Tanaza. 

Why? Because it’s the best representation of who we are as a company and of what we’re trying to do in the wireless industry. 

We’re struggling (or “Tanaz-ing”?) to bring software and hardware disaggregation in the wireless industry, and we’re doing it with our cloud-based wireless access controller (app.tanaza.com) and with our operating system TanazaOS, which allows communication between the devices and the cloud.

For more details about our “struggle” for software and hardware disaggregation, read my previous article on Medium; and if you want to “join the army”get in touch or wait for further news, as we’re going to publish more in the next few months about our activities to bring disaggregation in this market.

So, the new platform will be called Tanaza, exactly as the company is named. The operating system (OS) that runs on devices, allowing them to be controlled through Tanaza, is consequently named TanazaOS.

But… what about the “old” Tanaza? Well, we are still in love with it and we know that many people are, as well. Everything in the cloud.tanaza.com platform will remain the same and all functionalities will remain operational, but that product will be renamed “Tanaza Classic“. 

You may  have noticed that our website https://www.tanaza.com was recently edited to reflect this change.

You’ll probably ask yourself which are the exact differences in terms of features and capabilities between Tanaza and Tanaza Classic, between TanazaOS and the Tanaza Classic Firmware. Well, these are the topic for our next blog posts… so stay tuned!

Tanaza celebrates World WiFi day

Today is June 20th and we celebrate an important global initiative – World WiFi day.
 
What is World WiFi day?
 
World WiFi day celebrates the significant role that WiFi plays in our society. This initiative celebrates innovations and supports new projects that help bridge the digital divide worldwide and aim to “connect the unconnected” in both developed and developing countries.
 
Why do we celebrate World WiFi day?
 
Tanaza was founded with the goal to disrupt the WiFi market. We did so by developing an innovative WiFi cloud-based software that leverages the WiFi hardware commoditization trend, that would support the ubiquitous expansion of WiFi networks, both on a local and a global level. Our mission from the very beginning was to contribute to establishing a world where any person and any object are connected, anytime, anywhere, wirelessly.
 
How do we contribute?
 
With the ever-growing need for a fast and ubiquitous WiFi connection in most public spaces, we hope to contribute to bridging the digital divide. So far, we are proud to support this initiative by serving the needs of thousands of clients in various sectors, in more than 150 countries.

At Tanaza, we believe that the current market conditions allow the disaggregation of hardware and software to occur also in the Wi-Fi networking market and make the same disruption happen.

With this in mind, and as part of our continuous contribution to the development of the WiFi space/market, we also have recently introduced Tanaza’s latest innovation: a Linux-based operating system for open Wi-Fi networking devices.

TanazaOS discards the vertically-integrated model by encouraging the decoupling of hardware and software in the networking market and particularly in the wireless networking segment.

We are also proud to mention our latest partnership with Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to improve WiFi Internet connectivity and pursue opportunities to deploy innovative technology. Our aim is to improve interoperability, minimize costs, increase Wi-Fi quality, leveraging as much as possible an approach inspired by the Open Source community and software/hardware disaggregation. Within this project, Tanaza intends to maximize software/hardware disaggregation, deploying large scale pilot projects in conjunction with other members, such as operators, ISPs, WISPs, interested in specific innovation aspects covered by the TanazaOS innovation project.

Since it was founded, Tanaza has received five Seals of Excellence from the European Commission as well as the Horizon2020 grant with this year’s submission. Tanaza also received the “Best Enterprise Wi-Fi Solution” award during the Wi-Fi NOW Conference in Berlin in November 2018, and was listed among the 2019 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners.

How disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX and OPEX

How disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX and OPEX

The disaggregation concept embraces the open-source approach where WiFi solution providers can decouple their hardware choice from their software choiceThis decoupling trend has already been successful in other industries such as the computer and smartphone markets.

In the WiFi industry, disaggregation enables WiFi professionals to control their costs when deploying or upgrading a WiFi network and obtaining significant cost savings.

How disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX and OPEX

At Tanaza, we fully embrace the disaggregation concept and our software allows you to choose the hardware vendor most suitable for their deployment. Our latest product, TanazaOS is a Linux-based operating system for centralized wireless network management developed based on the disaggregation concept. TanazaOS allows enterprises and service providers to reduce their CAPEX and OPEX.

Thanks to disaggregation, the business model of a WiFi solution provider using TanazaOS encourages them to:

 

Reduce WiFi hardware cost

For example, when a WiFi solution provider using TanazaOS has to decide the type of hardware for his next WiFi deployment, he will be able to choose cheaper wireless devices such as consumer/SMB devices which cost around $100/unit, unlike someone using a vendor-lock-in solution who will have to spend around $300/unit (hardware + software solution).

By using TanazaOS, a WiFi administrator enjoy the same set of professional features whatever the model of access point selected. Features include for example remote monitoring, centralised configuration, multi-site management and self-provisioning.

How disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX and OPEX

Save time and money for the WiFi deployment

TanazaOS self-provisioning system enables WiFi administrators to pre-configure the access points before shipping them to their customers (offline configuration).
Once online, the wireless devices will automatically sync the configuration, allowing WiFi administrators to speed up the WiFi network deployment and to reduce on-site travels costs. Moreover, large WiFi network configurations are facilitated thanks to the network-wide configuration system.

 

Save money on WiFi infrastructure maintenance

When managing a WiFi network, the TanazaOS’ remote management feature enables WiFi administrators to reduce maintenance and troubleshooting cost: receive email alerts in case of access point disconnections, perform manual or scheduled reboots directly from the cloud, and keep an eye on your access points status thanks to the global map. This has direct impacts on maintenance budget such as no need for technicians on site, the fast configuration from a centralised platform, firmware’ scheduled upgrade, and disconnection alerts.

 

TanazaOS is conceived around the disaggregation concept, which means offering the option to select software from one vendor and run it on hardware from a different manufacturer. It is an operating system that supports WiFi solution providers who are looking for a flexible and efficient self-provisioning system that facilitates unlimitedly scalability and helps in delivering wireless networking services faster.

At Tanaza, we want to deliver a complete and cutting-edge product. With this in mind, we are constantly expanding our set of featuresFor more information about the new TanazaOS, feel free to try the interactive demo or to contact one of our Tanaza consultants.

TanazaOS, the new cloud-based operating system for WiFi access points – Coming soon

 TanazaOS, the new cloud-management platform for WiFi networks

Tanaza will soon launch a new product: TanazaOS, a Linux-based operating system for centralized wireless network management. 

TanazaOS is an operating system that fully disaggregates hardware and software as it runs on different access points models and open-hardware networking devices, giving enterprises and carriers an unprecedented possibility to decouple their hardware choice from their software choice, with considerable cost savings and efficiency advantages.

TanazaOS will continuously be updated to deliver turnkey features, patch vulnerabilities, and drive security and stability.

Keep in mind: TanazaOS will not replace the previous Tanaza all-in-one product.

TanazaOS is specially designed around four 
main features:
 

 

  • Self-provisioning

  • Centralized configuration

  • Multi-site network management

  • Remote monitoring


Save the date.

February 

TanazaOS website goes online. 
TanazaOS interactive demo tool will go live.  Test out the new product and learn more about the available features.

March 

Official launch of TanazaOS!
TanazaOS will be available for trial and purchase.

Coming soon: TanazaOS, the new cloud-management platform for WiFi networks

Be the first to discover the new TanazaOS software, schedule a demo with one of our consultants.

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