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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About PowerCloud Systems
PowerCloud Systems is the leading online software platform provider for enabling Networking as a Service (NaaS). Its CloudCommand technology provides OEMs and service providers with the most powerful and cost-effective path for adding comprehensive cloud capabilities to their new and existing networking equipment. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., PowerCloud Systems is a spin-out from PARC that is funded by Qualcomm Ventures, Walden Venture Capital, Javelin Venture Partners and PARC. For more information, visit

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