What's the difference between cloud-managed vs. cloud-controlled Wi-Fi?

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Today's blog lays it all out for you.
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Bradley Chambers, Champ

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I've not had an ISP outage in a few years, but Chattanooga is blessed to have the fastest Internet in the US (Gigabit upload/download/ is offered everyone in the city). The more I talk to schools in other areas, I realize how unreliable ISP connectivity can often be (frequent hiccups and rebooting of modems). I’d be hesitant to have my Wi-Fi network require a WAN link for core features (even with a dependable ISP). Don't get me wrong, I *love* cloud services (Google Apps, Renweb, Evernote for Business, Dropbox for Teams, Basecamp, etc), but I am not sure I want my core internal network to rely on a consistent link to a data center that I have no control over (the WAN link or the data center). As the blog post mentions, there is a HUGE difference between cloud controlled and cloud managed networks. Network architecture design is something that is hard to fix after the fact. You've got to pick the right horse in the beginning.
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The whole cloud concept is one that requires some serious maturing. Issues with cloud based services include:

* Who owns any data or configuration stored in the cloud? The cloud vendor or the customer?
* Can the cloud vendor charge for the ability to, or restrict the ability to, migrate to another cloud vendor?
* How are the rights of the customer, who is resident in country X, affected by the laws of country Y that houses the cloud infrastructure?

In my country one of the Healthcare governing bodies has put out a "no cloud" edict and this has stopped me deploying ID Manager at my medical sites.

Aerohive, can you:

* Make an on-premise version of ID Manager.
* Ensure that in the future all cloud products (where applicable), such as ID Manager, are available in on-premise versions.
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Joel V

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@Crowdie - You are completely correct. The issues (particularly international) are various and complicated. We have dedicated resources working on how to resolve many of them. In particular the which countries regulations apply and where the data is housed is often discussed and debated across all Cloud vendors.

While I can't comment on active developments, in order to be an enterprise vendor selling to multi-national companies as we do its always vital to give our customers an choice of functionality (our cloud or your datacenter) and a seamless, congruent experience when we do.

As a general discussion point, there is precedent for dealing with these situations over the last decade. I think its fair to say that in the early 2000s the average person would NEVER have put their banking information or financial management on the Internet, let alone companies feeling comfortable conducting the same sorts of transactions over "the web". Fast forward 10 years and most people and businesses wouldn't fathom of not using the Internet for the very same things. For that to happen there was continuous work on security, privacy, and EDI standards and, to be honest, those standards are still evolving! The same is going on with the world of Cloud and there will be a day when we look back and think "what we all so worried about" as we do with banking today.

Anyway, very good points you bring up and until that day comes we (Aerohive) continue with our mantra of "Your Cloud or Ours"!