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Cradlepoint Extends Cellular Intelligence Capabilities To Bolster Visibility Into 5G Cell Towers

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 17, 2022 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced additional Cellular Intelligence capabilities that provide extended visibility into enterprise LTE and 5G Wireless WAN (WWAN) deployments. As part of its NetCloud Service, Cradlepoint has expanded Wireless WAN visibility to include cell tower location with service provider details for each connected router or adapter. These unique insights are now integrated into a single pane of glass to ease deployments and ongoing troubleshooting of the Wireless WAN.

Announced in February 2022, Cradlepoint’s Cellular Intelligence is a collection of software features that allow administrators with distributed Wireless WANs to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot cellular connections, data plans, and traffic flow. Integration between NetCloud and connectivity management platforms, such as Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, and other SIM aggregation platforms provide visibility into the SIMs and data plans, with the ability to perform SIM management functions (activations, deactivations, data plan adjustments, and more) in seconds. 

This new feature within NetCloud GeoView allows IT teams to visualize where their cell tower is located in proximity to their Cradlepoint cellular modem on a map, enabling optimal placement of the modem for enhanced performance. IT teams will also have valuable cell tower insights at their fingertips, including the supported service provider, service type, and active band(s) — all without having to use external cell mapping tools. Additionally, for routers and modems that are not GPS-enabled, or not able to acquire a GPS signal, the location of the serving cell tower can be used to provide the approximate location of any Cradlepoint router or modem, regardless of where it is located. This accelerates network troubleshooting and improves asset tracking, especially in IoT deployments.

For more on Cradlepoint’s Cellular Intelligence and added insights into 5G cell tower connections, visit here: https://cradlepoint.com/technology/cellular-intelligence.

State Of Wireless WAN Report: Businesses Increase Use Of 4G/5G WAN Links With More Growth Predicted

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2022 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report developed in conjunction with IDG. The results find Wireless WAN (WWAN) adoption continues to increase globally, with businesses focused on improving bandwidth and introducing new services. 

Additionally, 5G is definitely top of mind as it continues to roll out across the country: More than half of Canadian respondents (54 per cent) indicated they are familiar with 5G and have researched it, while 34 per cent said they are very familiar with 5G and actively working towards it.

4G/5G Use is Growing
A key highlight of the report is the rapid growth of 4G/5G globally, which grew from 41 per cent to 67 per cent in 2021. In Canada, 64 per cent of respondents indicated they are already using 4G/5G for WWAN.

Overall, the progress for 4G and 5G is projected to continue with 68 per cent of all respondents saying they anticipate an increase in 4G/5G WAN links in the next three years. 

When asked what was driving the change in usage of different types of WAN links, improving bandwidth and preparing for new services were top of mind for most respondents.

There is Opportunity in Canada
In Canada, the findings show there is much opportunity for growth and adoption, especially at the branch level.

Canadian respondents indicated current 4G/5G connectivity use is spread quite evenly across connecting vehicles (50 per cent), augmenting wired links in a location/branch (50 per cent), connecting other IoT (47 per cent), connecting digital signage (47 per cent) and as a failover link in a location/branch (47 per cent). 

In Canada, respondents felt their impediments to deploying 4G/5G were security at 71 per cent (compared to 59 per cent globally) and cost at 65 per cent (compared to 52 per cent globally). Reliability (52 per cent) and complexity (48 per cent) were other impediments cited by Canadian respondents. 

Other findings:

  • In-vehicle networks: In Canada, 72 per cent of respondents expect to see the number of connected vehicles increase within the next three years. Forty-one (41) per cent of Canadian respondents cited “difficult to manage” as a current network challenge in vehicles. Only 14 per cent of Canadian organizations cited network downtime as a challenge, significantly below the global average of 30 per cent.
  • IoT: There is an uptick in the number of IoT connected devices deployed. In Canada, the average number of devices on respondents’ IoT networks is 270, above the global average of 247. The top three IoT connected devices for Canadian respondents are security cameras, sensors and digital signage; and most organizations are planning to add more of these devices in the next 12 months (63 per cent, 46 per cent and 56 per cent respectively).
  • SD-WAN: There is a sizeable uptick in deployment of SD-WAN since 2020 with more to come within six months. Current and planned deployments are up in Canada, U.S. and U.K.; in Canada, the average number of locations/branches provided with WAN connectivity is 251 (compared to 248 globally). Security was cited as the most important feature in SD-WAN at 59 per cent globally.


To learn more and view the full State of Wireless WAN Report 2022, click here. To learn more about the results from Canada specifically, visit: https://resources.cradlepoint.com/ca-en/report-4g-and-5g-for-wireless-wan-becomes-pervasive-canada 

About the Survey
Cradlepoint partnered with IDG to conduct an online survey of 702 IT decision makers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. The report highlights key findings about what adoption/ implementation of SD-WAN and related technologies looks like in the real world — how organizations considered adoption and how they’ve managed implementation, and results. 

Survey respondents were required to have a title of IT manager or higher and work for a company with 50 or more employees. The respondents represented a wide variety of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, construction, engineering, energy/power/utilities, education and government/public safety. 

Cradlepoint and Extreme Networks Partner to Extend Fabric Networks over Wireless WAN

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 16, 2022 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 5G and LTE wireless network edge solutions, today announced a partnership with Extreme Networks, a leader in cloud-driven networking solutions. The combination of Extreme’s fabric networking solutions and 5G/LTE routers and adapters from Cradlepoint enables enterprises to deliver 5G to campus networks and securely extend the network to remote locations over a Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN). 

As highly distributed environments become more commonplace, 5G WWAN connectivity is critical for keeping remote locations always secure and connected, leading to increased integration of 5G solutions with existing Wi-Fi networks. Cradlepoint and Extreme make it easy to deploy these wireless networks at scale. Traditional wired remote locations can be costly to deploy, manage and adapt, and difficult to provide segmented IoT device connectivity. The integrated solution from Cradlepoint and Extreme enables customers to simply deploy secure, fully-connected remote locations, and fabric solutions that enable flexible IoT device deployments. 

As part of Cradlepoint’s Technology Alliance Program, Cradlepoint and Extreme customers can now take advantage of the joint solution that includes: 

  • Diverse path high-availability with both failover and Day-1 connectivity; and
  • Ability to simply extend the Extreme fabric to remote locations over the Wireless WAN for improved automation and security

To learn more how businesses are leveraging Cradlepoint and Extreme Networks to extend reach and optimize operations, register for the upcoming webinar https://cradlepoint.com/resources/event/automation-network-edge-with-56-lte-and-fabric/ on April 6th from 1-2 p.m. ET. Motor City Wash Works, one of the largest global manufacturers of automated car washes, will discuss how it implemented its turnkey, as-a-service car wash technology system, using Extreme and Cradlepoint solutions.  

For more information about Cradlepoint and Extreme integrated solutions, visit https://cradlepoint.com/partners/for-customers/partner-technology-solutions/.

Cradlepoint Cellular Intelligence Simplifies Management & Control of LTE & 5G Wireless WAN Deployments

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 24, 2022 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced the launch of Cellular Intelligence, a collection of software-based features that uniquely sense, orchestrate, and optimize connections, data plans, and traffic of cellular networking deployments. Now, Cellular Intelligence includes SIM Management based on the integration of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator with Cradlepoint’s NetCloud and other databases. Customers can now activate and manage cellular routers, SIMs and data plans from a single pane of glass. This new extension of Cellular Intelligence highlights Cradlepoint’s commitment to providing enterprises with the freedom to simply connect people, places, and things from anywhere. 

IT managers will need a new set of tools to meet the unique demands of cellular networking – especially as the Wireless WAN scales. As 5G adoption rates continue to rise, IDC predicts that by 2024, “wireless first” will be mainstream for wide area connectivity, accelerating 65% of organizations to “untether” their operations. As this demand for cellular adoption increases, Cellular Intelligence gives IT teams the necessary tools to manage the unique demands of cellular through sophisticated management and control capabilities. 

Leveraging Cradlepoint’s decade-long history in enabling enterprise-class 4G/LTE and 5G connectivity, Cellular Intelligence has been built into every aspect of the Cradlepoint portfolio to equip IT teams with the management, control, and security capabilities they need, including:

  • Live stats, health dashboards, and cellular data breakout (by carrier, connection type, by network type, by 5G mmWave vs. sub-6, and more) that increase visibility and control of cellular services.
  • Integrated SIM Management provides peace of mind with centralized and precise consumption visibility and control of data plans across the Wireless WAN. 
  • Cellular signal mapping allows organizations, like public safety agencies, to map and display cellular reception across driven routes. 
  • Software-driven modem functionality optimizes connectivity across multiple modems, and multiple carriers, for predictable and persistent cellular connectivity. 
  • Unique cellular-optimized SD-WAN capabilities enable traffic steering policies based on applications and real-time WAN conditions, ensuring quality of experience.
  • Application-aware visibility, reporting, and controls gives administrators visibility to the performance of their applications, so they can easily take corrective action if needed.
  • Application-based failover control allows IT organizations to control exactly which applications and functions utilize a cellular failover connection. For example, IT can suspend guest Wi-Fi access when on cellular failover. 
  • Cellular-efficient secure management protocol, with in-depth diagnostic, alerting and log data, improves troubleshooting without impacting customer data plans. 

One of the newest Cellular Intelligence feature — SIM Management — is based on an integration with Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and other channel partners that utilize IoT Accelerator will now be able to provide customers with the ability to view, activate and adjust cellular data plans in real-time for their Cradlepoint devices. There are also plans to integrate with SIM aggregation databases to provide broader visibility across all global carrier’s data plans.  With these integrations, Cradlepoint Cellular Intelligence now exclusively provides real-time SIM Management capability.

To learn more about Cellular Intelligence, shipping now as part of the NetCloud Service, please visit: https://cradlepoint.com/technology/cellular-intelligence/.

Cradlepoint will be at Mobile World Congress Barcelona from February 28 – March 3, 2022, visit us in booth 2J20. For more information on the event, visit: https://www.mwcbarcelona.com/exhibitors/cradlepoint  

Cradlepoint and Juniper Networks Announce Partnership To Bring 5G Diversity to AI-Driven Networks 

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 18, 2022 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced a partnership with Juniper Networks, a leader in secure AI-driven networks, to bring 5G diversity to Juniper’s campus and branch portfolio. By combining Juniper’s leading wired access, wireless access and SD-WAN solutions driven by Mist AI with the Cradlepoint 5G portfolio, shared customers and partners have even more options to reliably connect to remote locations, with added insight for better management and ongoing troubleshooting.  

Dependable network connectivity that extends both within and outside the enterprise is essential to enable the new future of work. As organizations continue to find ways to innovate, 5G has proven to be effective in enabling wireless WAN use cases. This will be particularly beneficial within certain markets, like the retail space, where LTE and 5G wireless becomes the preferred form of connectivity, enabling a flexible and unified approach to connecting people, places and things anywhere. For example, with 5G, retailers can offer curbside pickup or set up temporary pop-up networks to get instant and dependable connectivity where wired WAN connectivity is not an option.   

Through this partnership, Cradlepoint and Juniper provide customers with a proven solution for wireless LAN and WAN use cases that leverage 5G. Additionally, by integrating Mist AI and with Cradlepoint’s NetCloud™ (via open cloud APIs), organizations can receive better end-to-end network visibility, enhanced business continuity and the essential insight needed to maximize end-to-end experiences. 

As part of the partnership, the two companies have verified interoperability of the following products and functionality:   

  • Cradlepoint 5G routers and adapters and NetCloud™ 
  • Juniper Mist Wireless Assurance and Indoor Location Services and Juniper Wireless Access Points
  • Juniper Mist Wired Assurance Service and EX access switches 
  • Juniper Mist WAN Assurance, SRX Secure Services Gateways and Session Smart Routers    
  • Marvis, Juniper’s virtual network assistant that leverages Mist AI to provide proactive recommendations and self-driving network operations plus unsurpassed insight via Natural Language Processing (NLP) and a conversational interface  

To learn more about Cradlepoint’s relationship with Juniper, please visit: https://cradlepoint.com/partners/for-customers/partner-technology-solutions/   

To learn more about Juniper’s retail solutions, visit https://www.juniper.net/us/en/solutions/retail.html

Cradlepoint Unveils Enhanced Wireless Edge Solutions To Relieve The IT Burden Of A Growing Global Remote Workforce

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 27, 2021 by itnerd

Cradlepoint today announced updates to its E100 Series Enterprise Routers to provide organizations, worldwide, with the performance and capabilities to meet the connectivity, security and IT management demands of today’s work-from-anywhere world.  

Cradlepoint designed its E100 Series Enterprise Routers specifically for work-from-anywhere use cases leveraging LTE cellular connectivity. The upgraded E100 wireless edge router includes a faster LTE cellular modem (CAT7) that has double the downlink speeds for added performance and triple the uplink speeds to support applications such as video conferencing. The E100 began shipping to the U.S. and Canada this month. To further support the company’s commitment to global expansion, the new E102 wireless edge router is designed to accommodate international certifications and standards. It features the same, faster LTE modem as the E100 and launches in mid-November. 

The Cradlepoint E100 Series Enterprise Routers: 

  • Offer a scalable, easy-to-manage solution that can extend to thousands of remote workers at any location and can manage these new user populations with limited-to-no incremental staff.
  • Provide IT organizations with complete control over security, availability, and management as well as device access and traffic usage. 
  • Emphasize network standards and interoperability to insert easily into existing networks.

The Era of Work from Anywhere  

Fluctuating pandemic conditions have delayed return-to-office dates and are giving rise to hybrid work environments. The number of employees working from home more than quadrupled during the pandemic and 50 per cent of IT organizations expect that this remote work population will remain permanently expanded*, according to Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). As a result, the stress on networks will continue to grow. For example, EMA also found 95 per cent of network operations report that work-from-home has led to an increase in real-time communications application traffic (voice, video, online meetings) on their networks.  As a result, IT staff need to provide a network infrastructure to support work-from-home and work-from-anywhere on a more permanent basis, and for many, do it with the same staff and resources they have today.  

More immediate solutions to tackle this challenge have provided limited results. For example, VPN client solutions on laptops often can be used at the discretion of the employee which doesn’t sufficiently protect corporate networks and assets. And solutions relying on an employee’s home network introduce real security risks and may have uneven performance with critical applications due to sharing the network with bandwidth-intensive home traffic, like streaming and gaming services. Additionally, IT lacks the visibility and control they need to ensure security and performance, and to troubleshoot work-from-home related problems. Even SD-WAN is not a good option, in most cases, because it does not address the shared home network problem.  

Without a dedicated wireless connection, companies also face a lack of segmentation between work and home traffic that opens enterprises up to security risks while users face performance challenges. Only by providing a dedicated, IT-controlled wireless connection to the home – which is easily done through cellular – can organizations address these inherent risks and ensure cost-effective IT support for remote workers. 

Enter Cradlepoint: The Solution for a Work From Anywhere Future 

Using a dedicated wireless WAN connection, Cradlepoint can extend secure connectivity to the employee home with the same IT capabilities and end-user experience as the office network.  Cradlepoint NetCloud establishes and controls the security policies through the router, meaning the VPN connections no longer are at the discretion of the end-user. Flexible options support different office and cloud access and security models, including corporate VPN extension, direct internet access, and a hybrid of the two. Using dedicated WAN and Wi-Fi networks isolates work devices such as laptops and printers to meet security and compliance policies. Organizations can uphold company-wide security standards and extend this protection to all connected company assets.  

Both the Cradlepoint E100 and E102 Enterprise Routers provides simple, IT-centric management, enabled with a cloud-based management platform – NetCloud Manager – to monitor, control, and troubleshoot wireless edge routers in employees’ homes. Policies can also be instituted to support traffic shaping and better performance for applications. Additionally, zero-touch deployments ease installations as pre-configured routers with pre-activated SIMs installed can be shipped to the home for easy setup.   

For more information on Cradlepoint’s remote work solutions, please visit https://resources.cradlepoint.com/remote-work.   

Cradlepoint Accelerates Wireless WAN for Branch Adoption with Enterprise-Class LTE and 5G Solutions

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 5, 2021 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced a series of updates showcasing the ongoing acceleration of Wireless WAN adoption within enterprise fixed location environments. With its industry-leading cellular intelligence, LTE and 5G technology, Cradlepoint Wireless WAN edge solutions offer the speed, agility and resiliency needed for organizations to transform their branch networks for the cloud and post-pandemic era with ultimate agility, anywhere reach and always-on reliability.

The Era of Wireless WAN

Digital transformation was already a strategic goal for enterprises, and the pandemic has caused enterprises to transform their businesses in terms of how operations run, how new innovations are delivered, and how customers are served. Businesses now require unprecedented levels of secure and reliable connectivity to people, places, and things everywhere. Whether leveraging IoT, equipping mobile first responders with the latest technology, serving customers outside, or delivering new purchases to customers’ homes, networks must be agile and easy to deploy. Medical services have turned to extending care beyond the four walls of hospitals and clinics via virtual doctor visits or temporary indoor and outdoor treatment facilities, or even customer homes to meet global medical requirements.

IDC’s Future of Connectedness Survey found that 40 per cent of enterprises want to improve their competitive position through speed and flexibility with 5G, SD-WAN, and Wi-Fi 6 over the next 12-24 months, while nearly 35 per cent have the goal of investing in technology that helps connect people, things, processes, and applications. This agility mandate equates to a new Wireless WAN ability that provides enterprises with a fast and flexible network that extends coverage to areas wires don’t easily go and to meet the needs of transformed businesses.

Cradlepoint is Helping Customers Embrace a Wireless WAN Future

Many enterprise environments utilize Cradlepoint Wireless WAN solutions for primary cellular connectivity to locations unreachable by wired connections. With 5G, which is fibre-fast and cellular simple, the use cases for primary wireless are expanding. As a result, Cradlepoint has become an essential part of these enterprises’ infrastructure to facilitate their day-to-day operations as well as propel their digital and business transformation processes.

For more information on Cradlepoint’s Wireless WAN offerings and its complete portfolio, please visit https://cradlepoint.com/technology/wireless-wan/.

Cradlepoint Delivers Industry’s First 5G Enterprise Router

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 30, 2021 by itnerd

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, is continuing its mission to enable businesses to connect beyond the limits of wired networks through the expansion of its second-generation 5G product portfolio. The Cradlepoint E3000 Series 5G Enterprise Router, orderable now and ships within 30 days, is the industry’s first enterprise-class router that provides businesses with fast, agile, secure, and resilient 5G connectivity for primary, failover, or SD-WAN use cases without traditional performance compromises.

Business models are shifting to streamline operations, enhance competitiveness, and respond to evolving customer demands post pandemic and this has placed increased value on network speed and agility, as well as heightened security. With this shift, and proliferation of 5G services, enterprises are now migrating towards a more Wireless WAN. A recent report from IDC forecasts the market for enterprise wireless routers to reach US$2.98 billion by 2024.

Wired WAN connections no longer meet the needs of today’s agile, resilient, and cloud-centric business environments. While LTE has been enabling businesses to leverage wireless and “cut-the-cord” solutions for a while, the speed, intelligence, and resiliency of next-generation 5G services is becoming a catalyst to Wireless WAN adoption. Not only does it make today’s applications better, but it will also enable a new generation of immersive customer experiences at the network edge, as well as more cost-effective SD-WAN 5G architectures, anywhere connectivity, and high-speed wireless failover for larger sites.

While other vendors are trying to get their first 5G products to market, Cradlepoint is already shipping its second-generation of purpose-built 5G for Business solutions, giving customers the most pathways to all flavors of 5G. For more information, visit: www.cradlepoint.com/products/5g-for-business/

E3000 Series 5G Enterprise Router Summary:

The Cradlepoint E3000 Series 5G Enterprise Router supports the following features and capabilities:

  • Cradlepoint NetCloud for Enterprise Branch with enterprise-class routing (BGP, EIGRP, et.), IPSEC and DMVPN support, wireless-optimized SD-WAN, as well as industry-leading Cellular Intelligence.
  • Wire-speed Unified Edge Security with app-level control, IPS/IDS, IP reputation, web content filtering, and micro-segmenting firewall.
  • Choice of 5G, high-speed fiber and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet WAN ports
  • The most LTE and 5G connectivity options, including an embedded 5G modem for Low/Mid-Band, plus a field-upgradable modem slot for a second Gigabit LTE or 5G connection (early 2022)
  • Exclusive Captive Modem simplifies and reduces the cost of connecting to an external W1850 or outside mounted W2005 (Mid-Band) or W4005 (High-Band, mmWave) 5G Wideband Adapter
  • Nine downstream switched Ethernet ports (4 with PoE) plus Wi-Fi 6 and optional Bluetooth 5.1
  • Private Cellular Networking support for CBRS in both 5G and LTE modes

Orderable today and starts shipping in 30 days.

In Depth: Cradlepoint

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 27, 2017 by itnerd

You’ve likely never heard of Cradlepoint. But you should pay attention to them. They’ve been around for just over 10 years and they started out life inventing what is now known as the mobile hotspot.

Trivia time: The product was in the form of cradle and you placed your data capable phone in this and it became an access point. Thus the name Cradlepoint.

It was intended to be a consumer product. However it never saw the light of day because they moved on to the enterprise space and advanced networks. Originally this was going to use the WIMAX standard, but they quickly switched to LTE which was a good call. Because that allowed them to come out with one of the first LTE routers. That was another good call because that router and its variants are some of the best selling 4G routers of all time. Since then, they’ve moved on to a variety of devices with failover capabilities which work on any carrier and have been used in trucks, buses, and other places.

But the reason why you should really care about Cradlepoint comes from the fact that one of the customers had a need. They needed to manage 20000 of these devices remotely and painlessly. This was the genesis of what is now known as Netcloud. It’s a single pane of glass that allow you to manage thousands of their devices so that you can do everything like push firmware updates, do geofencing, or get status updates. This has led to support for software defined wide area networks with 256 bit encryption. This allows a company to expand their network to everything and everywhere with full redundancy. That allows one to to fight things like DDoS attacks to having disaster recovery protection with ease.

Oh yeah, it can be in cloud so you don’t have to go out and spin up to a server. Win.

Cradlepoint is also on the forefront of 5G networking. As far as they are concerned, its not going to replace 4G networks. It will work over and on top of 4G. It will have low latency in the neighborhood of less than 3 milliseconds which is insanely fast. The problem with that is that no network in existence today can really support that. There’s another factor, 5G networks to get that level of speed have to be able to access bandwidth in the range of 28 – 38 gigahertz. And on top of that, the radio waves won’t go very far and they don’t penetrate buildings at all. To put that in perspective, our wireless networks today are on in the 20 – 40 megahertz range and those can be transmitted for miles. Plus you can get a phone call in your office. And I won’t even get into inter-operability as well as hand off capabilities that we take for granted now which means that those will have to be ironed out. Thus for those reasons 5G cannot replace 4G at this time as it would be a bit of a step back even if you could get gigabit speeds in the right conditions. Now, why should you care about all of that? Well, Cradlepoint is working with carriers who are putting 5G through its paces so that when it does become ready for prime time, they’ll have devices that support 5G right from day one. That’s a huge competitive advantage for them.

One final key reason to pay attention to Cradlepoint is the fact that their software and hardware offering is one that has a use in any vertical for any reason. Transportation, logistics, retail, warehousing, among other verticals could benefit from their products. Quite frankly, I cannot think of a business or a use case that they cannot address. That gives Cradlepoint a leg up on their competition and is likely to drive customers to them. Thus for all those reasons, Cradlepoint is one company to watch as they’re going places in a big hurry.

 

 

 

Cradlepoint Delivers New 4G LTE-Optimized SD-WAN Router Capabilities in NetCloud OS Release 6.3

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 20, 2017 by itnerd

Cradlepoint has introduced Release 6.3 of its NetCloud OS router software, part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform, with extended SD-WAN functionality for 4G LTE-dependent networks. The company also announced that its SDN-enabled network solutions have been recognized by Gartner in their 2017 WAN Edge Infrastructure Guide, which was published in March. The new router software functionality and recent Gartner recognition bolsters Cradlepoint’s leadership in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for Connected Enterprises.

Cradlepoint’s strength in integrating wireless services into SD-WAN topologies, including 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi-as-WAN, played a factor in the company’s inclusion in Gartner’s newly released WAN Edge Infrastructure Guide: “Cradlepoint is representative of an established cellular router vendor that is evolving its offering to address emerging requirements, including SD-WAN and OTT delivery of services”.

Today, Cradlepoint’s routers have a wealth of policy-based traffic prioritization, filtering, shaping and steering capabilities built into the NetCloud Traffic Control function. NetCloud OS Release 6.3 extends these critical SD-WAN router capabilities with several new 4G LTE-optimized functions:

  • Client-Side Visibility: Network administrators can see and analyze LAN-attached devices on both Ethernet and Wi-Fi. This new feature provides enhanced visibility, secure and control of on-site PCs, servers and IoT devices and aids in determining 4G LTE failover policies and remote troubleshooting from NetCloud.
  • Adaptive Quality of Service:  In a hybrid WAN environment where individual wired and wireless links may have widely differing speeds, it can be difficult to effectively control quality of service (QoS) in all scenarios, especially for latency-sensitive applications. Cradlepoint’s new Auto-QoS feature implements an advanced traffic queuing algorithm that automatically adapts to differing WAN speeds of primary and failover links to ensure latency-sensitive traffic, such as voice over IP and PoS applications, always performs optimally.
  • Smart WAN Selection (SWANS):  A new traffic steering mechanism optimized for wireless connections. For most SD-WAN solutions, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi-as-WAN connections are essentially a black box, offering little in the way of data needed for efficient traffic steering decisions. Worse yet, using synthetic transactions over 4G LTE to deduce link performance can consume multiple gigabytes of a customer’s monthly data plan. SWANS operates at the Connection Manager level (layer 2) and uses statistics captured directly from the modem and other interfaces combined with lightweight “pings” to measure latency and jitter and data plan consumption to precisely control traffic steering behavior across 4G LTE links without excessive overhead.

In the age of Digital Transformation, the definition of a wide-area network (WAN) is changing within both enterprise and government organizations. WANs are extending beyond private datacenters and fixed branches to connect cloud services and mobile sites — such as vehicles, pop-up stores, smart city infrastructures and mobile command centers — as well as remote sensors, surveillance cameras, digital signage and kiosks. The need to securely connect people, places and things everywhere is driving the convergence of SDN and cellular technology today, which sets the stage for realizing the benefits of 5G in the future.

Emerging 5G services promise up to a 10X increase in WAN throughput over today’s average 4G connection while delivering one millisecond latency and ten year battery life for IoT devices. Cradlepoint’s new Business Intelligence Report — “The State of 5G in 2017”  — details this leap in cellular technology, which will enable many new and unimaginable use cases, including gigabit-per-second wired WAN replacement, augmented reality, remote-controlled robotics and revolutionary advanced healthcare.

For more information, please visit www.cradlepoint.com.