What’s new at Tanaza: New features

What’s new at Tanaza: New features

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Can’t keep track of all the new features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software? Would you like to get an overview of all the functionalities that have been released recently?

Today, we’ll show you a detailed list of fresh new features from Tanaza. You’ll also learn why the new Tanaza platform is so special. And what’s the new feature that promises customers to speed up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system.

 

New Year, New Start for Tanaza!

It’s 2020, and it’s a fresh start for us at Tanaza. Last year we witnessed the arrival of six new feature releases that give more edge to our software. Another six new features are on the roadmap for Q1 this year. Furthermore, we are on the verge of launching another project that we will let you know soon enough. But for now without further ado, let us turn to the matter in hand, the new features in Tanaza.

 

 

New Features in the Tanaza WiFi cloud management software

 

TanazaOS installer

It’s a software application that speeds up the process of installing the TanazaOS operating system on supported WiFi access points. Whenever network administrators want to upgrade their existing access points with the Tanaza operating system, the installer facilitates this upgrade.

Users only need to download the TanazaOS installer software. Then, connect the supported WiFi access point to the computer and input the device MAC address. Lastly, the installer will automatically install the right Tanaza firmware on the device.

The TanazaOS installer is available for Microsoft Windows (7 and later versions), and macOS (10.10 Yosemite and later versions).

Learn how to use the TanazaOS installer

 

Roaming on external captive portals

 

Fast Roaming on Wifi Networks

 

This feature allows client devices connected to an access point to maintain captive portal authentication as they roam across different access points. The roaming is managed by the Tanaza cloud, which allows faster session transitioning from one access point to the other.

By maintaining a consistent authentication, users experience a better WiFi connection. There’s no discontinuity in the connection when using applications such as VoIP (i.e., Skype calls) over WiFi.

Learn more about how Tanaza supports Fast Roaming

 

External captive portals with and without RADIUS

This functionality was previously available on the Tanaza Classic platform. As of now, network administrators, using TanazaOS-powered devices, can enjoy the perks of enabling their favorite external splash page. It ranges from in-house captive portals to the likes of Meraki’s captive portal, with or without RADIUS settings.

Moreover, it’s possible to configure the SSIDs at the network level. In this way, it’s extremely easy to provision new WiFi access points in the network. Once a new access point is added to an existing network with one or multiple pre-configured SSID, the device immediately starts broadcasting the default SSIDs without any further provisioning.

 

Multi-hotspot capability

Tanaza currently allows adding a maximum of eight SSIDs per network. Users can also enable multiple SSIDs with splash pages on a single access point.

 

The list of WiFi access points compatible with TanazaOS is growing

We recently added two widely-used WiFi access points from Ubiquiti. Now, UniFi AC Mesh Pro and UniFi AC Lite are part of the list of devices compatible with TanazaOS.

Check the full list of compatible devices with the TanazaOS operating system

 

Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS are now fully integrated

 

 

This integration allows TanazaOS-powered devices to have external splash pages enabled on SSIDs, including the Tanaza Classic Hotspot captive portal.

Users can take advantage of the Tanaza Classic Hotspot system with the latest Tanaza WiFi cloud management platform. Tanaza Classic Hotspot includes a complete feature-set for social WiFi, paid WiFi, monetization through advertising, and WiFi-based marketing analytics.

It is worth mentioning this feature requires manual activation.

Learn more about how to activate the Tanaza Classic Hotspot and TanazaOS integration

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Before you go! Do you want to know what’s hot for Tanaza in 2020?

Spoiler alert! A groundbreaking product launch is around the corner. A promising alternative list of WiFi access points that will shake the universe and even the Cosmo of Networks.
Intrigued?
Then read the next blog post to find out what’s all the fuss about it. What’s new at Tanaza: Cosmo Networks.

Tanaza Intelbras Edition received by the Brazilian public with much excitement

Tanaza Intelbras Edition received by the Brazilian public with much excitement


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about Tanaza and Intelbras partnership

Tanaza and Intelbras have presented their latest product, “Tanaza Intelbras Edition,” at multiple events in Brazil. The product bundles Intelbras’ access points with the Tanaza cloud management and hotspot software.

“When we started talks with Intelbras about partnering, it became clear that it was an excellent solution to address the needs in the market. Public hotspots were booming and getting installed everywhere; still, IT companies were struggling to find a solution that could be both affordable and complete

Hence, we have decided to combine Intelbras hardware and Tanaza’s software to get the best of both worlds. Their technology is of high quality and with a smart pricing strategy. Our software can provide cloud manageability out of the box, WiFi analytics, hotspot features, like advertising, Facebook login, and so on.

Now, IT professionals in Brazil can experience the Tanaza WiFi cloud platform along with Intelbras access points. The possibilities of this partnership are endlessly, and this it’s just the beginning”, states Sebastiano Bertani,  CEO and Founder of Tanaza.

Carlos Reich, Business Network Manager at Intelbras, states that “the partnership with Tanaza is already a success. The use of cloud technology for WiFi network management has been increasing in Brazil and Latin America. It is a natural movement in the Wireless Enterprise Networks market; therefore, Intelbras sought a worldwide recognized partner, to offer a secure cloud platform with advanced features.”

The new solution has been presented in different events across Brazil

At Futurecom (October 28-31, 2019 – São Paulo), Intelbras showcased their ceiling-mountable access points (AP 310, AP 360, and AP 1210 AC) to 29,000 professionals. All the access points featured the compatibility with the hotspot software Tanaza Intelbras Edition.

In November, Tanaza’s Customer Success Manager, Massimo Dragoni, traveled across Brazil with the Intelbras’ team to present the product at the “WiFi Business Show.” The event was organized in collaboration with Horus Distribuidora de Soluções TecnológicasDistribuidora Route 66, and Plantec Distribuidora.

“It was great to be on the field, directly meeting so many solution providers that want to embrace the opportunities related to WiFi hotspots. It was so much fun working with the Intelbras team. They are very knowledgeable about the company’s market and fully understand their customers’ needs,” states Massimo Dragoni.

Over 10,000 access points in Brazil with Tanaza Intelbras Edition

“Thanks to the events, the current sales pipeline for the product is already over 10,000 access points. These figures include both public and commercial locations that will start offering WiFi connectivity – in some cases also with social login and WiFi analytics features,” states Sebastiano Bertani.

What’s coming up next!

In the upcoming rollout of the Tanaza Intelbras product, we are improving the UX and UI – more user-friendly interface and fully responsive for mobile. Likewise, all features will be available in one platform, with more compatible devices to choose from, including all the outdoor access points. At Tanaza, we envision a future with the Tanaza software already installed in the hardware for an out-of-the-box cloud experience.

Watch Sebastiano Bertani discussing how Intelbras and Tanaza started their partnership.

Sebastiano Bertani, CEO and Founder of Tanaza, presents Tanaza Intelbras Edition

Tanaza accelerates software and hardware disaggregation within the Telecom Infra Project

Tanaza accelerates software and hardware disaggregation within the Telecom Infra Project


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Tanaza joins Telecom Infra Project group

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a collaborative telecom community. Launched in February 2016, TIP was started with the goal of accelerating the pace of innovation in the telecom industry.

TIP splits its initiatives into three main strategic network areas: Access, Transport and Core and Services. For instance, the Access project groups work on identifying and creating innovative infrastructure solutions, technologies, and methodologies to make it easier to connect people to the Internet. The Access group focuses on removing some of the blockers that can make the connection difficult to the end-user. (Telecom Infra Project)

TIP has a diverse network of members made up of over 500 organizations, including operators, technology providers, developers, integrators, and startups. Members of TIP work actively on disaggregating the traditional network deployment approach. Tanaza began participating in the TIP WiFi project in early 2019, with the intent of contributing with its technology to accelerate software and hardware disaggregation.

 

 

What goes on at the Wi-Fi Project Group?

 

The TIP Wi-Fi project group is developing a disaggregated end-to-end Wi-Fi solution, consisting of access points (APs) and a cloud-native control / management plane which optionally interfaces to mobile operators’ core networks to enable mobile data offload. With design being driven by the goal of reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and easing the operations, the TIP community’s Wi-Fi solution will be attractive to a wide range of service providers.

Tanaza and other members of the project group will collaborate to validate the hardware and software components they are contributing and ensure those components are interoperable. It is expected that the AP reference design will be open-sourced within TIP, in addition to some parts of the controller/management/gateway software. As a result, this will significantly lower the barrier to entry for new vendors joining the ecosystem.

Tanaza is participating in the TIP Summit ’19 conference

TIP Summit 2019 stage
Since 2016, Telecom Infra Project has hosted an annual conference dedicated to people within the Telecom industry. The ones who are changing the world with better connectivity solutions. This year, the TIP Summit ’19 will take place in Amsterdam on November 13-14.

A diverse group of voices from the likes of David del Val Latorre, CEO of Telefonica R&D, Miguel Marin, Technology Director of Vodafone and Tareq Amin, CTO of Rakuten Mobile, will be part of the engaging keynotes and panels at TIP Summit ’19. The speakers will share their experiences focusing on the challenges and opportunities of building and deploying telecom network infrastructures.

On November 14, Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza, will participate in the panel “Building an Open Wi-Fi System for communication service providers” moderated by Shah Rahman, Software Engineering Manager of Facebook. The panel will bring together vendors who are collectively working on the TIP Wi-Fi Project group, to discuss how they are enabling CSPs to provide better, faster and cheaper Wi-Fi connectivity to their customers.

If you are attending the TIP Summit ‘19, join our CEO at this luminary panel session to learn more about the contributions OEM partners have made to the TIP Wi-Fi Project Group.

See you in Amsterdam!

The Android of WiFi Networks goes to Web Summit 2019

The Android of WiFi Networks goes to Web Summit 2019


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Tanaza will join entrepreneurs, startups and investors at Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world.
The event will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on November 4-7, 2019.

 

Web Summit without a doubt is the most powerful tech event held in Europe since 2009. As a result, it’s been defined by Forbes as “The best technology conference on the planet”. Web Summit covers a variety of topics, ranging from deep tech and data science to design and environmental sustainability. 

Participating at the forefront of this leading-edge and innovative event, Tanaza will be joining at Web Summit 2019 tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, tech icon celebrities, media outlets, and startups – the ones who dictate where the industry is heading and how fast new technologies will be adopted.

 

Innovative sessions and brilliant minds in one place

During four jam-packed days, the world of tech will live and breathe innovation. The Web Summit conference will focus on disruptive business models, envisaging thought leadership, networking and brand awareness. Attendees will get inspired by ground-breaking speaking sessions, experience the power of networking and share their thoughts and ideas with people from all over the world.

Web Summit gathers the minds behind the innovative ideas that are changing the world. This year the list of the top speakers and Web Summit attendees include big names of the likes of Brad Smith – President of Microsoft, Werner Vogels – CTO of Amazon, Edward Snowden – former intelligence officer, and Hans Vestberg – CEO of Verizon. They will deliver breakout sessions – each one at the forefront of their industries, to enlighten us with what’s coming in the world of tech. 

 

Creating the Android of WiFi networks at Web Summit

Sebastiano Bertani, will present a leadership keynote at Web Summit 2019Tanaza CEO Sebastiano Bertani, will present a leadership keynote on the 6th of November at the Growth stage at 10:50 AM. He will discuss how Tanaza is replicating Android’s approach by creating a horizontal market in the wireless networking sector, to free users from locked-in vertical solutions that impose a software/hardware bundle.

Sebastiano aims to introduce TanazaOS operating system as the standard for wireless access points (as Android did with smartphones) and disrupt the WiFi market. Tanaza will be similar to Android in the sense that it will provide a smarter, interoperable software to power a wide range of third party hardware devices and give them additional capabilities and more.

 

If you are attending Web Summit drop by the Tanaza’s booth number G111, on the 5th of November. You will have the opportunity to discuss with our experts the benefits of hardware and software disaggregation in the WiFi market. In addition, get a sneak peek of Tanaza’s cloud-based operating system for WiFi Cloud management and also learn how companies are saving in CapEx and OpEx.

 

“We are thrilled to have been selected by Web Summit to participate at the event. This is an exciting time at Tanaza, and this demonstrates our hard work and commitment to make WiFi ubiquitous and accessible. Also, it furthers our mission to democratize WiFi networks by providing software for affordable, top-notch and cloud-controllable WiFi connectivity.” Declares Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza.

See you in Lisbon!

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Hi! My name is… Tanaza

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Hi! My name is… Tanaza!


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Tanaza Name Meaning

When companies develop new products, they face the hard step of taking a product naming decision. Yes, giving a name to a product is hard. The name must reflect the corporate brand perception, the brand image you want to create, and it should be easy to remember and pronounce. It’s not something that you choose in a matter of seconds.

When I founded the company in 2010, I chose a name that was easy to anchor in people’s minds, that sounded nice, that it 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 who share a unique view of the world and their mission. Although I discovered later that it means “to struggle” in Pakistan, it’s also the name of a racing horse in Ireland and a lake name in the region of Punjab. Fascinating!

The new Tanaza

As many mono-products companies do, I named our first product 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, the Tanaza Hotspot system and the Tanaza Dashboard, and so on.

Last year, we started developing 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 below:

Tanaza WiFi Cloud Management

For this platform that allows managing Powered Devices, we imagined a whole bunch of names. It was a long discussion, and at the end of it, we decided that we were going to name the product just after the company. Again!

Tanaza the cloud-based platform to manage WiFi networks

The new cloud-based platform is called Tanaza. Why? Simply it’s the best representation of who we are as a company and 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 are doing it with our cloud-based wireless access controller and with our operating system TanazaOS, the operating system (OS) that runs on WiFi devices allows them to be controlled through our new platform from the cloud.

For more details about our “struggle” for software and hardware disaggregation, read my previous article. If you want to “join the army,” get in touch or wait for further news, as we will publish more in the next few months about our activities to bring disaggregation in the networking market.

The old Tanaza platform is now called Tanaza Classic

Tanaza Classic Logo

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

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

You’ll probably ask yourself the exact differences in terms of features and capabilities between the two platforms and its firmware. Well, have a good read here about the fundamental difference between the platforms.

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Tanaza celebrates World WiFi day

Tanaza celebrates World WiFi day

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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.

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