Wireless Field Day 3 - TanazaBy CWNP On 09/13/2012 - 24 Comments
Tanaza is a cloud Wi-Fi access point management service provider. This was their first time presenting at WFD.
They currently support 21 different APs from four different vendors (NETGEAR, Ubiquiti, TP-LINK and ENGENIUS). D-LINK APs are in the works. They provide free services for the management of up to two APs. For three or more APs, licensing is required. Licenses are based on credits and one credit is required to manage one AP for 30 days. Credits are $1.99 each at this time.
Their focus is on "good enough" Wi-Fi. Think a small business with a few dozen users and a few APs or organizations with a very limited budget. However, they support both consumer-grade and what they call mid-tier grade APs, such as those from ENGENIUS.
The Tanaza architecture is based on three components: the web interface, the cloud infrastructure and the agent. It is hosted in Amazon's EC2 cloud service for the cloud infrastructure. The agent is displayed on a host (client or server) on the LAN with the AP or on the AP itself (if the AP supports it). The agent is a Java application and can run on Windows, Unix and Mac OS.
The Web interface is focused on simple configuration options. It is based on AJAX with no flash or Java dependencies in the Web interface itself. The configuration is created in the Web interface and is then sent to the agent, which applies it to the vendor APs.
This is a technology to watch. Several possible applications came up in the group and as a young company they have the potential to take their solutions in a great direction.
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