Cisco Adds Cloud-Based Wireless Controller to Wi-Fi Portfolio

By Sean Michael Kerner

May 11, 2011

In keeping with this year's cloud-flavored theme at Interop Las Vegas, Cisco has announced the new Flex 7500 WLAN controller, which the company says is capable of supporting up to 20,000 users.

In keeping with this year's cloud-flavored theme at Interop Las Vegas, Cisco has announced the new Flex 7500 Wi-Fi controller, which the company says is capable of supporting up to 20,000 users. The $49,995 hardware centralizes management by supporting multiple branches, and leverages Cisco's existing wireless technologies, including Clean Air.

This is one report among many at Enterprise Networking Planet's special coverage of Interop Las Vegas 2011.


The Cisco Flex 75000 is a cloud controller for Wi-Fi access points that is deployed in the data center. The Flex 7500 can support up to 20,000 users, according to Cisco.

"The Flex controller provides a consistent experience and centralizes IT capabilities while eliminating footprint in the branch," Inbar Lasser-Raab senior director of network systems at Cisco Systems told InternetNews.com.

In terms of the consistent experience, Lasser-Raab noted that capabilities such as Cisco's Clean Air RF spectrum analysis technology are compatible with the cloud controller. Cisco debuted Clean Air at Interop in 2010.

"The RF interference solution is in the access point so from a solution perspective it's transparent and exactly the same if you have the controller locally or in the cloud," Lasser-Raab said.

Read "Cisco Goes to the Cloud for Control and Security" at Enterprise Networking Planet



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