Sunday, May 16, 2021

Partnering for the Customers

Say you’ve got a management system for your wireless LAN from Wavelink, an authentication security system using 802.1X server and clients from Funk Software, and security and monitoring components from AirMagnet. How do you make them work together?

Supposedly, you don’t have to do anything. The three companies mentioned above are entering into partnerships for interoperation with WaveLink’s Mobile Manager software as the middle ground.

IT managers’ requests are the driving force behind this says Eric Hermelee, vice president of marketing at Wavelink. “We’ve seen a lot of customers working with them independently, and they’ve asked if we could get them to work together… it gives customers a single portal into the network with Mobile Manager.”

The AirMagnet Handheld and Airmagnet Distributed products will work seamlessly with Mobile Manager; likewise for Funk’s Odyssey Client software used for logging into 802.1X authentication servers. The companies will also do joint sales and marketing with their channel partners and resellers.

AirMagnet’s Handheld Analyzer product, which is used for site surveys and follow-up walk around checks of WLANs, “collects a lot of data on the network, such as channels, power used, names of APs, IP addresses — all are consumed in the handheld process,” says Hermelee. “We have a site survey link in Mobile Manager to propagate that data into the software and push settings across the network based on the data.” AirMagnet Distributed, which uses probes for real-time network monitoring, will likewise tie into Mobile Manger to “take more intelligent control of the network.”

Working with Mobile Manager doesn’t mean supplanting the AirMagnet interface however. Some key data is consolidated, but Hermelee says at some point in time users will have to launch the AirMagnet interface.

Wavelink’s Avalanche software will be used to control security policy in the Funk Odyssey 3.0 client software — Mobile Manager is only in control of the WLAN infrastructure. Avalanche will be able to control settings on thousands of Odyssey clients. (Again, this doesn’t suppliant the need for an 802.1X server for authentication.) End users will also need the Avalanche client installed as well.

“What we’re trying to do is solve the settings problem on clients. The software becomes smarter and better managed with they dynamic control,” says Hermelee.

The full functionality of these partnerships should be available in June.

Similar articles

Latest Articles

How IBM has Changed...

Think is IBM’s big annual conference, and again this year, it was digital. I’m noticing a sharp quality difference in shows like this where...

Database-Tuning Platform Launches and...

PITTSBURGH — A team out of Carnegie Mellon University is launching its automatic database-tuning product today with the help of $2.5 million in funding.   OtterTune,...

Top 10 Professional Services...

Professional services automation (PSA) software aims to offer service-based companies most of the software they will need to run their businesses in one package....

What is Data Aggregation?

Data aggregation is the process where raw data is gathered and presented in a summarized format for statistical analysis. The data may be gathered...