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If any of you have a large installation of Aerohive I'd like to talk with you privately about your experiences. Thanks -- Daniel Eklund Network Planning Manager ITS Communications Systems and Data Centers University of Michigan 734.763.6389 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Please keep this public or at least leave your contact info if you run Aerohive.... Thanks, Steve

I just purchased 205 Aerohive APs, for two of our dorms and our on Campus Apartments. I am purchasing another 40, for another dorm in about a month, and hopefully an additional 150 before June for 5 more of our dorms. At the beginning of the fiscal year, I would like to replace the remaining APs in our dorms.

I have been looking at Aerohive for about two years now and have talked in depth with 3 Higher Ed's and many others from various sects that are very pleased. We were a complete Cisco shop up until this point, but I plan on splitting that and keeping our Campus side on Cisco and using the non EOL APs and WiSM2 from the dorms on the Campus side. The only thing that has kept me from switching sooner is having to support two wireless systems, but we had some funding so it made since.

Various reasons played apart in making the switch. 

1) Cisco licensing (there are no extra licensing costs with Aerohive).  For example Layer 7 visibility is available out of the box.  You don't run into the Cisco licensing problems where you have to purchase licenses for the WLC and PI, as well as having to purchase the AVC, Clean Air, MSE, ISE, extra PI licenses.
2) Cisco's 7.4x code has been a nightmare for us. PI hasn't been much better
3) The timing was right with replacing the remaining EOL APs in the dorms, and we also need to replace some on the Campus side so we will just use the newer APs from the dorms on the Campus side, as we deploy more Aerohive gear.

Note: The per AP costs are about the same so this was not a factor in our decision.

If I had one complaint about the Aerohive stuff (if you would call this a complaint) it would be that you can do so much with the system, that it makes doing minor changes a little more difficult than in the Cisco world.

I do have contact info for a University that has been an Aerohive customer for over 5 years and has over 1000 APs. He told me he doesn't mind me giving out his contact info as a reference. Email me directly if you would like his info (he is not a member of this listserv).


Let me know if you have any questions.

LaMarr Baucom
Wireless Network Engineer
Murray State University
(270) 809-2299
lamarr.baucom@murraystate.edu

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Message from normelton@gmail.com

We have ~1400 Aerohive APs and have been a customer since early 2009. I'm happy to talk to folks about our experience, and would love to talk to other large .edu deployments. Email and we can setup a time. Norman Elton College of William & Mary wnelto@wm.edu / 757-221-7790
We deployed Aerohive a year and a half ago and currently have 200+ AP's. We have had a very positive experience with Aerohive and would be more than willing to discuss our implementation. Harry Zahlis Network Coordinator Fresno City College -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Norman Elton Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 7:36 PM To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] Aerohive We have ~1400 Aerohive APs and have been a customer since early 2009. I'm happy to talk to folks about our experience, and would love to talk to other large .edu deployments. Email and we can setup a time. Norman Elton College of William & Mary wnelto@wm.edu / 757-221-7790