Anyone who has used a wireless device may have experienced a scenario where network services do not work even though the device is connected to the access point. Or, the device may be connected, started, and the user was unable to re-establish the connection. These problems occur as long as Wi-Fi exists and can affect employee productivity and company profits.
In the past, Wi-Fi instability was annoying, but wireless connection was not a business imperative as it was considered a convenient network. But today things have changed. Many workers need Wi-Fi to do their jobs because getting around campus is common.
Also, the number of Wi-Fi connected IoT devices is increasing rapidly. As a result, key business processes do not function properly due to wireless network outages and performance issues.
Network administrators have difficulty troubleshooting Wi-Fi. According to a recent study by ZK Research, many network engineers spend approximately 20% of their time troubleshooting Wi-Fi. In many cases, the problem goes away before it is fixed. But the root cause is still there and the problem may reappear.
Today, Managed Wifi Services networks are mission critical and possibly just as important as data center networks.
Arista Networks, a network provider based in Santa Clara, California, is addressing the wi fi management problem. The company unveiled its cognitive campus architecture this week. It is a toolkit that integrates wired and wireless networks by applying a software-based approach on campus. To date, Arista has found most of its success in selling its products to the data center.
Cognitive Campus highlights Arista's planned acquisition of Mojo Networks. Earlier this year, Arista announced that it would acquire Mojo, a company that sells products on campus, and said it would like to become a bigger player in the business networking market.
Arista has other campus products, but the requirements address both the campus core and the data center. As a result, Mojo is the first true Arista product on campus.
Specifically, Arista aims to use Mojo's cognitive WiFi to eliminate the traditional bottleneck created by Wi-Fi controllers. Traditional Wi-Fi products focused on ensuring connectivity rather than understanding application performance or client status.
Cognitive WiFi, combined with Arista's CloudVision Management Suite, provides increased visibility into network performance and helps identify the source of Wi-Fi issues before they affect your business. Arista has integrated wireless peripheral information into CloudVision.
Mojo's management model breaks down the control plane and data plane so that the cloud controller only handles configuration and management updates. If the access point (AP) loses connectivity to the controller, the network will continue to function. Most other APs will stop working if the controller loses connectivity.
As part of a cognitive campus, Arista can aggregate data from wired networks and combine it with wireless data to perform cognitive analysis across the network.