Linksys Announces Their New Cloud Manager Solution

linksys cloud managerNetworking company, Linksys®, today announced the Linksys Cloud Manager. This solution is a cloud-hosted WiFi Management Platform for small business environments. Users can reduce costs and improve operations. It offers centralized visibility, management and control of a wireless network without the cost and complexity of traditional hardware controllers, overlay software, or annual hosting costs.

Linksys Cloud Manager gives IT admins the ability to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot remotely in real time. Furthermore, all these processes live in a single dashboard. The platform provides secure remote access to Linksys Business Wireless-AC Access Points.

“There is a gap in the market for affordable, business-grade cloud-managed WiFi management platforms designed specifically for SMBs,” said Linksys director of commercial business, Wayne Newton. “Current offerings are either built with consumer-grade hardware or with expensive, enterprise features with prohibitive annual hosting fees.  A common complaint is enterprise offerings are complex and over-engineered with features and functionality beyond the usual requirements of a small business network.”

Simplifying SMB Network Management

The Linksys cloud architecture provides a feature set designed to streamline administration and improve productivity, giving users more control over network uptime and the ability to ensure QoS in real time.

  • Comprehensive Centralized Management via a Global Map – Manage multiple, unlimited client WiFi networks around the corner or around the world from one centralized dashboard with a single login. Visibility of all accounts, sites, access points, and devices.
  • Remote Monitoring and Network Insights – Provides alerts and real-time statistics so network administrators can anticipate potential network issues without the need for on-site monitoring and troubleshooting.  View through a web browser, historical and real-time traffic on the network, at-a-glance analytics about clients and devices, including uptime, signal strength, connection duration, etc.  Built-in troubleshooting tools to identify problems using Ping Test, Blink LED, RF Environment Scan, and Rogue Access Point Detection.
  • Tremendous Scalability Scales seamlessly from single sites to unlimited networks worldwide; suitability for distributed networks (e.g., retail/branch offices).
  • Rapid Deployment with Zero-touch Provisioning – Configure APs even before unboxing them enabling a quick and simple installation process. After deployment, Linksys APs connect to the cloud over SSL and can be configured remotely, online or offline. Users can provision the network in minutes with a few clicks.
  • Over-the-air Upgrades– Firmware is automatically updated.
  • Email and Text Push Notifications – Message alerts and warnings on network and device connectivity and network health.
  • Simple Management Portal –  A browser-based dashboard and responsive user interface enables network provisioning on the go from any network device.
  • Multi-role Platform – Multi-management level accounts allow users to set roles and provide key users access to specific networks.
Unlocking Profitability for IT Solutions Providers

As networks and cloud technologies grow more difficult to manage internally, many organizations have been moving to managed services. Network managed services provide an IT partner responsible for your network.

“Linksys places high importance on being partner-centric and meeting their needs with competitive solutions and programs. Linksys Cloud Manager was designed by truly listening to our channel partners’ business goals and challenges. It addresses a gap where current cloud WiFi platforms fall short,” continued Newton.  “Linksys Cloud Manager makes it easier for IT solutions providers to remotely manage clients’ WiFi networks, and to increase revenue and profit in the SMB market.”

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