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Will Cloud-Managed Networking Be Effective for You?

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 29, 2016

Networks being the heart of every organization today, cloud managed networking has become the game changer for network administrators. Cloud managed solutions offer a scalable, application-adaptive infrastructure to accommodate the modern organizations’ rapidly developing business needs. Cloud managed networks share most of the prominent benefits of cloud services like faster deployment, simplified administration, richer visibility, zero maintenance cost, subscription based pricing, and redundancy. Following the evolution path, cloud managed Wi-Fi Networks are also becoming popular among organizations.

A Glimpse into Cloud Managed Networking

Cloud based networking is the interconnectivity of organizational IT resources within a cloud computing infrastructure. In general, SaaS lets administrators log in to the organizational network via an online platform from which they can execute administrative operations. Offering seamless connectivity between organizational applications and resources remains one of the foremost objectives behind cloud managed networking. The modern cloud managed networks provide a completely flexible and extensible platform for enabling the next-generation network that is completely focused on mobility.

In a cloud managed networking platform, Ethernet switches allow uplinks on the ISP connection and connect the organizational resources. Once connected successfully, all the IT devices can be managed, monitored, and configured without any glitches on a common and unique user interface dashboard.


Cloud based Network Management Systems can scale from a small, basic network to cover a larger, complex network with seamless upgradeability and simplicity. Most of the cloud based networking platform architectures allow users to deploy the system in their networks and uphold constant visibility and control. These systems are generally enabled by cloud or an on-premise platform and ecosystem that tie connectivity, insight, and applications together. Some of the dominant cloud based network management systems offer network-wide visibility and control, quick deployment, regular reporting, and flawless firmware updates.

Cloud Managed Network Management Systems

1. HiveManager Network Management System by Aerohive Networks

According to Aerohive Networks, the HiveManager Network Management System is capable of handling large network resources offering easy administration. The Aerohive HiveManager NMS architecture allows administrators to deploy networks and maintain constant visibility and control, all enabled by a powerful cloud or on-premises platform and ecosystem.

2. Meraki by Cisco Systems

Meraki by Cisco Systems claims to provide 100 percent cloud managed systems for faster deployment, simplified administration, and richer visibility of the network. The Cisco Meraki access points for cloud is carefully optimized for a seamless user experience offering a faster connection, greater user capacity, and more coverage.

3. Open Mesh

Open Mesh assists administrators to create powerful, easy-to-use network within the organization. The Open Mesh access points enclose seamlessly to deploy enterprise-grade wireless networks at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional networks. The company also offers CloudTrax, a free cloud-based network controller that helps build, manage, and monitor wireless networks across multiple locations from a single dashboard. The CloudTrax interface allows users to set multiple SSIDs, control bandwidth for individual users, design custom splash pages, and monitor network health.

4. ExtremeCloud by Extreme Networks

ExtremeCloud from Extreme Networks is a subscription based network management solution mainly designed for wireless and switching products. It is ease of use and offers seamless provisioning, troubleshooting, analytics, and policy control and firmware management.

Cloud managed networking is becoming popular among administrators because of its unique capabilities and efficient management dashboard. According to IDC, cloud-managed networking today is growing faster than the wireless LAN market as a whole. As part of the evolution of IT, the era of cloud managed wireless networking is making its way into organizational networks.