Adtran Offers VARs Cloud-based vWLAN Service
An update to Adtran’s (NASDAQ: ADTN) Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN (vWLAN) solution enables VARs and MSPs to offer users a virtualized, cloud-based WLAN service by housing the hardware controller at the service provider’s network operating center (NOC) rather than onsite, while the data sessions remain at the customer’s LAN.
Here’s the opportunity for channel partners: Adtran’s hook is that a wireless unit is connected to a NOC virtually, meaning management and control resides at the NOC, on-demand scaling is a breeze, and an opportunity for cloud-based Wi-Fi services is there for the taking.
Adtran’s thinking is that as enterprises become more mobile and distributed, virtualization is a vital component to scaling wireless networks because remote sites and users can be managed from a single location either in a private or public cloud environment. By contrast, scaling upward through managing a wireless LAN service with on-premises controllers is costly and cumbersome.
With cloud-based deployment channel partners can install access points at various points, connect them to the network and manage them remotely from a central dashboard. “ADTRAN’s vWLAN solution is optimal for service providers since it offers software-based, virtualized control and management that is centrally located at their network operations center,” said Mads Lillelund, Adtran general manager, Bluesocket Business Group. “vWLAN as a cloud-based service opens up new opportunities for service providers in a highly competitive market.”
According to Adtran, vWLAN also has the capability to transition between deployment models without service interruption, enabling service providers to meet the demands of customers as their business needs change. Moreover, service providers can sell the vWLAN solution either in a resale, managed or cloud service model. For example, if an end customer who bought the solution as on-premise resale wants to move to the cloud, the service provider can readily change control from the end-user sites to the service provider’s NOC. This transition can be done in the middle of the business day with no interruption in any of the live data sessions, Adtran said.