CradlePoint, the global leader in 3G/4G wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, has announced CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager as the next generation of its network management platform for the rapid deployment, dynamic management, and enhanced intelligence of CradlePoint enterprise network solutions. Enterprise Cloud Manager is the first platform of its kind to offer secure, real-time management, configuration, and monitoring of enterprise network devices over a wireless 3G/4G connection.
“Enterprise Cloud Manager represents the advancement of CradlePoint’s work with customers and partners over several years to develop and hone its existing cloud-based management solution, WiPipe Central,” said George Mulhern, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “Enterprise Cloud Manager builds on the WiPipe Central solution integrating a new application-based architecture, open API, improved user interface, and secure, real-time wireless access to devices to increase network reliability and improve IT productivity.”
Distributed enterprises in verticals like retail, finance and transport utilise CradlePoint 3G/4G networking solutions to enable their mobile initiatives and customer engagement applications like network failover, digital signage, kiosks, pop-up stores, vehicles, and in-store WiFi. A major pain point for IT managers with hundreds or thousands of remote routers is the need to have immediate visibility, management, and configuration of these devices and their associated data plans over a secure wireless connection from a central location.
“As one of the world’s largest digital signage manufacturers, we’ve deployed thousands of signs across the country,” said Justin Montalto, Network and Wireless Communications Administrator for YESCO. “In evaluating Enterprise Cloud Manager, we are very pleased with the ability to deploy, configure, and manage our networks in real-time. We now have the ability to create accounts and sub-accounts for network administrators across different regions. These administrators have complete access to the CradlePoint devices for intelligence like signal strength, data usage, connection speeds, specific carriers, and downtime. With this information, administrators can more effectively manage the fleet of service trucks in their respective regions. Our field technicians also rely on CradlePoint to connect their trucks and power their WiFi tablets to facilitate troubleshooting with our regional network administrators. I believe Enterprise Cloud Manager’s rich feature set is going to help us change the digital signage industry.”
With Enterprise Cloud Manager, real-time access to network devices over wireless networks means administrators can immediately optimise configurations and be more strategic with deployments. In some cases, Enterprise Cloud Manager has increased the speed to deployment five-fold versus traditional means. From a troubleshooting standpoint, IT managers have the visibility, intelligence, and agility to quickly drilldown on disruptions, maximizing uptime to improve network reliability and prevent lost revenue. Enterprise Cloud Manager’s open, application-based architecture enables CradlePoint and Partners to release new customer-driven applications that solve specific business problems. In addition, Enterprise Cloud Manager’s open API allows integration with a customer’s third party network applications like SolarWinds and HP Business Technology Optimization Software (HP OpenView).
CradlePoint Enterprise Cloud Manager is in beta testing with customers. Production release is planned for July 2013.