The wireless infrastructure is based on Aerohive’s controller-less architecture, with HiveManager Online, running HiveOS 6.1, providing a cloud-based management service.
Aerohive’s Application Visibility and Control feature gives Gary Savill and his team greater visibility of the activity on the network. They can keep track of what’s happening from day to day, and build a clearer picture of what changes may be required to accommodate new patterns of demand.
This can include prioritising bandwidth for key business applications such as VoIP, and pushing non-critical services including personal social networks lower down the list.
Guests can have controlled access to the network, through a secure portal. Although most devices are Apple, the open architecture means that Android, Windows and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets can all connect.
Secure, managed apps.
HiveOS 6.1 features application firewall capabilities, that support the ability to block or permit access to over 1,000 applications based on user context – identity, device type, location and time. So a manager running a corporate app at home, out of office hours, can have all the access he or she needs. On the other hand, a contractor in the office, who attempts to stream content through an insecure app during working hours, will find his access blocked – and his card marked.
Bonjour, wireless office.
Holiday Extras has also deployed Aerohive’s Bonjour Gateway. This simplifies the connection of peripherals, including the Apple TVs used in the meeting rooms.
“We’re aiming for an office without wires,” says Gary Savill. “These days, people are routinely using mobile technologies to work at their desktops, as well as on the move. At the same time, battery life is much less of an issue. So even power cables are becoming an unusual sight.”
VoIP QoS and Radius integration.
Aerohive supports excellent Quality of Service for the VoIP deployment. The old wired phone system is also obsolete at Holiday Extras.
Management of the Aerohive GRE and VLAN is via a new Radius server. The Holiday Extras team worked with our experts to integrate the server with the new network installation.