I don’t want to put words in John’s mouth, but operating controllers requires 
time and effort beyond what’s required to manage configurations.  Scaling, 
security, software upgrades, etc., all require resources but contribute nothing 
to the user experience.  For us the benefits of hosting our own controllers is 
worth it, but I understand that isn’t true for everybody.  I’m not even sure it 
will always be true for us.  When the benefits of controllers as traffic 
aggregators can be easily replaced with SD fabrics, I’ll probably want cloud 
controllers too.  The details will matter, but it’s where I think we’re going.

Chuck Enfield
Manager, Wireless Engineering
Enterprise Networking & Communication Services
The Pennsylvania State University
119L, USB2, UP, PA 16802
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Same here. I was also curious as to why it would be limited to cloud based 
solutions. I would drill down a layer into the perceived benefits of cloud 
based, and define it that way. Easier management requiring less staff time and 
thus lower TCO and more ability to accomplish other activities? Etc. Maybe.

One of the disadvantages of cloud based solutions besides losing some control 
and visibility is the ongoing costs. We love Meraki as much as anyone, but the 
annual recurring licensing costs are rather steep and should be carefully 
weighed against the benefits.

Pete Morrissey

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I’m curious about the requirement that controllers be “cloud based” and what 
business requirement that maps to.

Trying to understand what a cloud based controller give your business that an 
on-premises controller does not.  How that translates to better experience, 
happier students or faster connectivity.

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On May 17, 2018, at 12:13 PM, Norton, Thomas (Network Operations) 
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I  highly recommend looking at Aruba as well.

T.J. Norton
Wireless Network Architect
Network Operations

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On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 2:10 PM John Rodkey 
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Our college - about 40 buildings, 1200 students, 3500 wireless clients per day, 
currently 310 WAPs - is considering a major upgrade in WAPs, replacing a number 
that are 9 years old and no longer supported.

We could replace with the latest model of our existing vendor, but want to 
consider all the feasible alternatives.  We have a hard requirement that the 
controller be cloud-based, the system deal well with Mac clients, understand 
VLANs and an enterprise quality network, and have a rich set of configuration, 
logging, monitoring, and troubleshooting tools for dealing both with clients 
and access points. Responsive support is also required, and unsurprisingly  
total system cost is a significant issue.

3 vendors come to mind:  Meraki, Ubiquiti, and Aerohive.

Questions:
 1) do other vendors come to mind that play well in this space?
 2) what are your positive experiences with any of the above?
 3) what are your negative experiences?
 4) have you recently gone through this analysis, and if so, what were your 
conclusions?
 5) what issues have you experienced with PoE capacity requirements with these 
devices?

John Rodkey
Director of Servers and Networks
Westmont College
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