Meru began with a vision that sooner or later most enterprises would operate in an all-wireless environment: the network edge would need no wires and a wireless LAN would fully support the enterprise. We wanted users to be able to count on the wireless network to access the content and applications they needed to get their jobs done, and we wanted IT managers to have the power to prepare their networks for the next generation of mobile applications.
To bring that vision to life, we created an architecture that addresses the disruptive forces challenging wireless network managers today: (1) Internet of Things (IoT) – the explosion of the number of network users and devices; (2) Cloud Services – enabling wireless deployments to underserved market segments (SMB); (3) Increased wireless device per user density – up to 3 or 4 devices per user.
To meet these challenges, Meru built our Wi-Fi solution around these design pillars:
• Agile – support flexible deployment options and automated operational services like BYOD and Microsoft Lync
• Intelligent – supports a high degree of network and application intelligence
• Open – committed to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and industry standards like OpenFlow to contribute to a more converged network vision.
As part of this product approach, we custom-built a network that could deliver the seamless coverage and simple scalability that is only possible with a single-channel design, a network that virtualizes wireless resources to ensure smooth, predictable performance.
Today the Meru Virtualized Wireless LAN is serving thousands of customers around the world.
Meru Networks is the first in the world to receive OpenFlow SDN Conformance for wireless networking. Meru believes it is critical to integrate Wi-Fi within a SDN strategy to simplify the cost and management overhead of the whole network by utilizing OpenFlow-enabled wireless infrastructure components. With SDN, wired and wireless network components can be viewed as peer elements and managed as such. SDN applications then can be seamlessly integrated and add value to both the wired and wireless network equally.
SDN enabled Wi-Fi benefits:
• End-to-end application QoS enabling enforceable service-level agreements (SLAs)
• Single-pane-of glass management of the unified wired and wireless network, with policy automation.
• The ability to mix-and-match best-of-breed solu