Announcing: PowerCloud Systems Enhances the Only Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Platform for SMBs

Today we’re excited to announce a significant release of our CloudCommand virtualized network controller platform.  It’s a milestone for our hard-working engineering team, and it demonstrates our ability rapidly aggregate user experience and deliver new features to our installed user base.

The first commercial implementation of the CloudCommand platform is available in D-Link’s DAP-2555 AirPremier Access Point, and these newest features enhance the product’s three key platform benefits: ease of use, manageability and increased security.

Here’s the release:

PowerCloud Systems Enhances Industry’s Only Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Platform for SMBs

New CloudCommand Platform Delivers More Breakthroughs in Affordable, Business-Grade Wi-Fi

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — PowerCloud™ Systems, creator of the world’s first cloud-based management platform for networking OEM companies, today announces the latest release of its CloudCommand™ virtualized network controller platform.  The new release includes features and enhancements that deliver improved ease of use, manageability and security.  It demonstrates the ability of PowerCloud Systems and its cloud-based technology to rapidly aggregate user experience, respond to feature requests and seamlessly push a significant new release to an entire installed based of business users.


New features and enhancements include: A streamlined interface with improved navigation; more comprehensive reporting tools; optional autonomous mode for local control; VLAN tagging; a connectivity status diagnostics tool; one-click firmware updating; transmission power management control; and guest network client isolation.

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Cloud-Based Networking Hardware Is Coming to a Wiring Closet Near You

Shamus McGillicuddy, news director at TechTarget’s Networking Media, wrote a long piece on cloud-based networking that’s definitely worth a look:  

Cloud-based networking may sound like hype, but network engineers should take notice: Network devices that are managed through the cloud are becoming a reality. Some pioneering companies have already pushed the management and control planes of wireless LAN infrastructure into the cloud, and now they are introducing wired devices that use the same cloud-based networking hardware model…

The story quotes Harold Mann of Mann Consulting, who deployed our first CloudCommand-enabled Wi-Fi networking product, D-Link’s DAP-2555 access point, at a busy customer site.  And it highlights how our recent partnership announcement with Atheros, the global leader in manufacturing Wi-Fi chipsets, is a sign that cloud-based networking hardware has arrived:

More: Atheros, the world’s leading manufacturer of Wi-Fi chipsets, has also embraced cloud-based networking hardware. It announced a partnership with PowerCloud Systems, a startup vendor that offers a “networking cloud operating system” for networking OEMs. Atheros is integrating some of its chipsets with PowerCloud technology so that wireless LAN vendors can build access points that can be managed through a cloud. D-Link is the first vendor to take advantage of this partnership, offering a new family of SMB-focused, cloud-controlled access points.

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