Monthly Archives: December 2008

Xirrus Increase Radio Density to Attack Switched Ethernet Market

Xirrus Adds 12 and 24 Radio Arrays to Its Highly Successful Wi-Fi Array[R] Product Line

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry on a per device and system basis, announced today an expansion to its highly successful 4, 8, and 16 radio Wi-Fi Array product line with the addition of a 12 radio Array available in Q4’08 and a 24 radio Array available in 2009.

“Xirrus does not fit into the same category as the other Wi-Fi manufacturers, most of which are reaching the end of their market relevance with their overlay technology,” said Dirk Gates, CEO and Founder of Xirrus and Xircom.

“Installing and maintaining both a wired network and an overlay Wi-Fi network is too costly. Instead, we have planned for the success of Wi-Fi as the replacement for switched Ethernet to the desktop in the enterprise, and have built a dense radio, high performance platform that directly competes with and is displacing established switch offerings. With the addition of the 12 and 24 radio Arrays to our already successful 4, 8, and 16 radio Array offerings, we will expand the number of enterprises we can address and continue to design and deliver networks without the need to put anything in the already crowded IDF closets,” added Dirk.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array architecture displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet to the desktop. The Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16, or 24 802.11abg+n radios coupled to a high-gain directional antenna system into a single device along with an onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the desktop as the primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and support for more users on a per device and per system basis than anything else available on the market today – resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.

The 12 and 16 radio Arrays deliver a highly resilient Gigabit Wi-Fi backbone capability today. When available, the 24 radio Array will deliver a highly resilient Multi-Gigabit backbone capability to the wireless enterprise.

Xirrus’ long term differentiation is based upon RF innovation. This focus on RF innovation (specifically RF isolation, management, and shaping) has enabled the Wi-Fi Array platform (hardware and software) and the patents that protect it to successfully “position” Xirrus Wi-Fi as the only viable replacement for switched Ethernet to the desktop in the enterprise today.

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North Summit High School Deploys Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays

Really a great video to watch. It’s always great to see what people think the Array is!

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The Palace Hotel Deploys World Class Wi-Fi Network for Guests

“Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announced today that the prestigious Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California has deployed Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays covering their 23 meeting rooms – including 3 ballrooms, 4 boardrooms, and the famous Garden Court.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays were deployed because they are capable of covering the large areas, support the extensive client population, and accommodate the high bandwidth applications used by the hotel’s elite clientele.

“The Palace Hotel is a unique luxury property offering exceptional services for our guests,” said Jonathan Wright, Director of Information Technology at the Palace Hotel. “Delivering a world-class Wi-Fi network across our 53,000 square foot meeting space is a critical component to those services, which is why we chose to deploy Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays. Xirrus planned for the success of Wi-Fi by building an easy-to-deploy high performance system that pushes the power and intelligence to the edge of the network, where it belongs.”

“As a result of the upgrade to Xirrus, we are able to provide all of our guests with reliable, high speed wireless connectivity for all their Wi-Fi enabled devices,” added Jonathan. “In addition to the increase in Wi-Fi performance, Xirrus also helped us realize an increase in network savings by deploying fewer devices, cable pulls, and switch ports. Anyone deploying Wi-Fi or having difficulty with their existing Wi-Fi infrastructure must take a serious look at Xirrus.”

“Traditional access points can handle infrequent Wi-Fi connections, which worked when hotels and conference centers only saw half the guests connecting via Wi-Fi,” said Jon Freeman, Area Vice President at Xirrus. “However, today we are seeing two Wi-Fi devices per guest thanks to Wi-Fi being installed into Apple® iPhone® and RIM® Blackberry® devices. Traditional access points cannot deliver the large amounts of bandwidth to service these guests, which is why so many organizations are turning to Xirrus. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array integrates up to 24-radios into a single device, allowing IT staff to deploy far more radios delivering far more bandwidth for far more users with far fewer devices.”

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International School in Europe Delivers 802.11n to Students

Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announces the deployment of 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays at the American School of Milan (ASM) in Milan, Italy. ASM is upgrading their legacy 802.11bg network to Xirrus 802.11n in order to provide greater capacity and bandwidth to their growing population of Wi-Fi users across their Milan Elementary and High Schools, including classrooms, science labs, library, cafeteria, and faculty offices.
ASM, founded in 1962 and currently one of the most advanced schools in Europe, hosts over 600 students from 35 different countries. The goal of ASM is to provide all of its students with an educational environment rich in technology, in which students are able to discover and develop their abilities to achieve personal results of absolute excellence.

“We take technology very seriously as it is a major part of our school – we have hundreds of Dell® and Apple® notebooks along with a growing number of iPods®, all connecting to online applications like virtual libraries and e-learning,” said Stephen Reiach, Director of Technology, ASM. “Our growing Wi-Fi population needed more wireless coverage and bandwidth, but we found the traditional access point vendors were limited in the amount of users and bandwidth they could support due to their radio design limitations – one to two radios per cable drop was expensive and time consuming.”

“Xirrus got it right – by combining the essential Wi-Fi components into a single device, we were able to quickly install a powerful Wi-Fi network that distributes the intelligence and security close to our users while giving us central control of the network,” added Stephen. “Before Xirrus, we had Wi-Fi hot spots – now we have nearly 20Gbps of Wi-Fi bandwidth spread throughout our school. What’s more, the Xirrus team in when called, performed a free site survey, installed the network, and guaranteed everything. We could not find another Wi-Fi solution that delivered the performance, user density, services, and cost savings that Xirrus delivered.”

“ASM wanted what many organizations want – pervasive Wi-Fi coverage with enough bandwidth to effectively replace the wired connection,” said Alberto Pellicani, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “Other Wi-Fi vendors claim their product can be an �all-wireless’ network, but fail to deliver on these claims due to their product limitations. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array is the only Wi-Fi architecture that can replace Ethernet to the desktop – it is the industries only wireless workgroup switch – try it for yourself.”

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Xirrus at Network World IT Roadmap Washington D.C.

Xirrus’ upcoming event is Network World IT Roadmap Washington DC, which is on 12/16/2008.

This unique, all-in-one, single-day event is designed by IT pros for IT pros who want to cover multiple industry topics in one day. Xirrus will be showcasing the High Performance Wi-Fi Array.

Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Hospitals may want to upgrade their Wi-Fi

Article posted by Dana Blankehorn

One thing few know is that hospitals have, over the last decade, gotten more out of WiFi than even coffee shop owners.

WiFi ties communication to people, not desks. It links both voice and data. It has enormous bandwidth.

Or it seems to have enormous bandwidth until, as always happens, everyone starts loading that bandwidth with new applications.

But the available bandwidth can be greatly expanded just by changing out your access points. Maybe to something with 802.11n?

Xirrus has been pushing its 802.11n as a replacement for desktop Ethernet or as a high-performance alternative in new builds. (This Xirrus access point includes a switch. That’s why it looks like a Frisbee.)

But now it is also going into retrofitting, as in this Swedish school where it claims to have extended throughput by a factor of 14 times.

But as hospitals’ use of WiFi grows, pressure will also grow to expand wireless bandwidth. That’s good news for WiFi suppliers and all those who want more unlicensed spectrum.

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Xirrus 802.11n Enhances Wi-Fi Performance at Washburn University

Washburn University is an 160-acre campus located in Topeka, Kansas. The university provides broadly-based liberal arts and professional education by combining the most effective modes of educating its 6,901 enrolled students. To improve the Wi-Fi Performance for their faculty, students, and staff, Washburn University set out to deploy a 802.11n network across the campus. Doing so, they chose to deploy Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays.

After much research and testing multiple Wi-Fi architectures, Washburn University found that Xirrus was the only company capable of delivering the Wi-Fi Bandwidth and throughput to support the campus’ high density classrooms, lecture halls, and dorms. “The Xirrus 802.11n Arrays put the power and intelligence where it shoud be – at the edge of the network,” said Kevin Halgren, Assistant Director of Systems and Services at Washburn University.

The Xirrus Array allows the university to deploy more radios to cover more users than access points from other competitive companies. In the end, Washburn University got more for their money and spent less than what they would have if they deployed another company.

For the whole press release on the deployment at Washburn University and other deployments, click on the link below.

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Xirrus facebook

Xirrus now has their own network on facebook. Unfortunately, the network is only for Xirrus employees. Fear not, they do have a fan page that is accessible to anyone! Just click on the link below or if type “Xirrus” into the search region of facebook. Now if you dont have a facebook, I suggest on getting one. It will link you up to your current friends and your friends from the past!

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Xirrus Fills the Need for Speed

I just came across this article that was written about Occam Networks, Inphi, and Xirrus.

Although it didn’t mention a whole lot about Xirrus, it did get some key points and stated the obvious. It is true, that I feel Xirrus has a superior product compared to their competitors, but why aren’t those customers switching over? It’s because of politics, staying loyal, and the fear of the unknown. Face it, people who aren’t great at accepting change will have a hard time switching to a superior product. Boy are they missing out!

I understand that right now the economy isn’t doing so great, however companies would be saving if they switched to Xirrus. Like John Merrill said, “They would be getting more for less.” Who doesn’t like those buy one get one free deals?

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Upcoming Events For December

In the month of December, Xirrus will be at three different events. Here are some details

Education Excellence Expo (12/07/08-12/08/08) – the Expo is designed to connect representatives of state-of-the-art goods and services with education decision makers in the Southeast

Education Technology Leadership Conference (12/10/08-12/12/08) – the conference is designed to provide a forum for individuals responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing educational media and technology programs

Network World IT Roadmap Washington D.C.(12/16/08) – one day event designed for IT pros who want to cover multiple topics in the industry. Xirrus will showcase the Wi-Fi Array

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