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

World Wifi Day Blog
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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How network disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX OPEX costs

How network disaggregation allows you to reduce your CAPEX OPEX costs


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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 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, centralized 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 travel costs. Moreover, large WiFi network configurations are facilitated thanks to the network-wide configuration system.

 

Save money on WiFi infrastructure maintenance – Reduce Capex Opex

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 centralized 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 unlimited 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.

Explore TanazaOS – The Linux-based cloud management platform for Wi-Fi networks

Explore TanazaOS – The Linux-based cloud management platform for Wi-Fi networks

 TanazaOS, the new cloud-management platform for WiFi networks
Tanaza have launched TanazaOS, a Linux-based operating system for centralized wireless network management. Follow hundreds of companies and start to manage WiFi networks from the cloud.

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.

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List of TanazaOS features

Account management

Multi-sites management
Multi-organization management.
Share Organizations and Networks with multiple users
Inventory management at Organization level
Multi-language dashboard
Multi-timezone dashboard

Cloud platform

Hosted on AWS
Availability 99,99%
Fully responsive. All features are available on mobile

Network management
and monitoring

Unlimited creation of networks
Access point geolocalization on map
Real-time statistics (network, clients, bandwidth, APs)
Historical statistics of AP traffic & number of clients (last 7 days)
Top access points and clients by usage (last 24h, and 7 days)
Real-time access point load and memory monitoring
Email alert notifications when access points go offline
Remote Syslog server

Diagnostic tools

Ping tool
Blink LED

Access point management

Unlimited access point management
Access point local interface
Configure connectivity parameters via local web interface
Centralized network-wide configurations
Self-provisioning of access points
Auto-rollback
Scheduled reboot of access points
Hardware reset button disablement
Local web server disablement
Automatic selection of best channel
Fast roaming IEEE 802.11r/k/v
VLAN tagging
Remotely upgrade the firmware (in bulk)
MU-MIMO technology support

SSID management

Centralized SSID configuration
SSID Band selection
WPA2/WPA2 Enterprise authentication
SSID VLAN tagging

Client management

Max concurrent clients limitation
Isolate guests from LAN resources
Client isolation at SSID level (per access point)
Bandwidth control on a per-client basis

Integrations

External Captive Portal
RADIUS support for external captive portal
Cloud-based roaming for External Captive Portal
Support Tanaza Classic Hotspot Splash Page
Integrations with third party software

Built-in Hotspot

Built-in splash page hosted in the cloud
Easy-to-use splash page editor
Full customization of splash pages
Click-through login
Code-based login
Flexible terms and conditions with mandatory/optional items
Centralized splash page across multiple sites
Authenticated clients can roam across APs
maintaining authentication session

Support

Standard Customer Service Support
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