Mist made another strategic alliance related to its WLAN technology — this one with Juniper Networks.
The two companies announced that Juniper will integrate the Mist Learning WLAN with Juniper’s Contrail SD-WAN technology. By combining WLAN and SD-WAN customers obtain visibility into their wired and wireless networks for both the local area network (LAN) and the wide area network (WAN). The joint solution gives customers reliable and measurable network access. And it provides monitoring capabilities, all in one place.
Earlier this year, Verizon Enterprise Solutions launched a software-defined wireless local area network (SD-WLAN) managed service, and it chose Mist’s technology for the offering. The service manages both the corporate WiFi network and Bluetooth-enabled devices connected to the network.
Viraj Parekh, director of product management and development at Verizon, said at the time, “WiFi has never been more critical. We needed more intelligence to understand what the actual user’s experience is. We came across Mist, which had a very unique value proposition that was very complementary to our Virtual Network Services program.”
The company has also garnered competition from Extreme Networks, which launched its Smart OmniEdge in June. While Extreme won’t explicitly call its OmniEdge product an SD-WLAN, it provides a similar service as Mist. It provides visibility and policy across unified wired and wireless infrastructure.