Jan29

Five Features of Motorola’s WLAN Cloud Service

After Motorola, Inc. spun off its mobile division as Motorola Mobility – later acquired by Google – the enterprise arm of the company persisted as Motorola Solutions, Inc., a provider of IT management, planning and security solutions.


Motorola Solutions launched its WLAN Cloud Services in May 2012. The move carried many of Motorola Solutions’ existing services over to the cloud, a step that the company had planned for some time. Developed using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, these cloud-based services are provided both directly from Motorola and through its partners.[1]

1: Security

Any wireless network is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access, including WLANs. As sensitive information is routinely sent via the wireless network, hacking could compromise financial information, banking details, staff records and other critical data. To prevent this, Motorola’s cloud-based WLAN services feature a strong security component, with high-end tools for rogue detection and mitigation. Compliance management and reporting is an important feature of today’s information security landscape; Motorola’s solutions provide support for this.[2]

2: Planning

The service features support for RF (radio frequency) coverage planning. This allows the user to develop network configurations and designs that are customized to the physical layout of the workspace in which the WLAN will be used; and to provide initial and continual optimization for WLAN and WLAN-based applications.[3]

3: Assurance

When adopting any enterprise-critical networking system, it’s necessary to have full assurance that the WLAN itself and any WLAN-based applications will be continually available; and that anything should go wrong, effective support will be at hand. Motorola’s cloud-based WLAN services include proactive testing and forensics capabilities alongside remote support and troubleshooting.[2]

4: WLAN Controller

An online software-based controller provides oversight and direction of Motorola Wireless Networking Group (WiNG) WLAN environments. Instead of a physical controller, an online interface is used to handle all the various functions associated with setting up and configuring access points (APs).[2]

5: Management

In most modern enterprises, many different kinds of device will need to access the WLAN. These APs will typically originate from multiple vendors. Motorola’s WLAN provides full monitoring and configuration for such multi-vendor AP environments. This management feature is scalable, able to handle thousands of individual APs.[3]

Conclusion

It’s clear that Motorola’s WLAN cloud service fills a rapidly-growing need for stable, reliable wireless connectivity in an enterprise context. As virtualization takes over from conventional computing models and as more consumer-oriented mobile devices become part of the normal workplace, secure wireless networks that offer dependable connectivity will increase in importance. Motorola is now well-placed to take advantage of this developing area in future.[1]

Further Reading:

[1] Channelnomics: http://channelnomics.com/2012/05/09/motorola-launches-wlan-cloud-service/

[2] Motorola: http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Software+and+Applications/WLAN+Management+and+Security+Software/WLAN_Cloud_Services

[3] Motorola: http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Software+and+Applications/WLAN+Management+and+Security+Software

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