Amanulla Khan, managing director, Linksys META region.
What is the product?
Linksys recently launched Linksys Cloud Manager, a cloud-hosted Wi-fi Management Platform purpose-built for small business environments that reduces costs and increases operational efficiencies, in the United Arab Emirates. The solution offers centralised visibility, management and control of a wireless network without the cost and complexity of traditional hardware controllers, overlay software, or annual hosting costs.
Why is it important?
The Linksys Cloud Manager enables IT administrators and other authorised users to remotely monitor, manage and troubleshoot single or distributed wireless networks in real time via a single dashboard and sign-on. This platform helps provide secure remote access to Linksys Business Wireless-ac Access Points.
Why is it different?
There is a gap in the Middle East market for affordable, businessgrade cloud-managed Wifi management platforms designed specifically for SMBS. Current offerings are either built with consumer-grade hardware or with expensive, enterprise features with prohibitive annual hosting fees. Indeed, a common complaint is enterprise offerings are complex and over-engineered.