The New Wireless Network

Mist is the only modern WLAN platform born in the era of the cloud, smartphones, A.I. and Bluetooth® LE

Top Architecture Differences

Cloud

Mist is a massively scalable, distributable software architecture built with modern cloud tools.

First generation cloud solutions are made up of virtual controllers in distributed datacenters.

A.I.

Mist uses A.I. to automate operations and give visibility into the user experience.

Others provide event logs and network status indicators, not actionable and proactive insight.

Location

Mist virtualizes the indoor experience with machine learning, virtual beacons, and patented antenna technology.

Others rely on battery beacons for Bluetooth® LE location.

Feature Comparison

User service levels

  • Throughput, Time to Connect, Roaming, Coverage, and Capacity (-pre and -post connection)
  • Site, AP and user level SLEs

None

Root cause identification and remediation

  • Event correlation across wireless/wired/device domains
  • Normalization across global data sets
  • Trending analysis

Event logs

Dynamic Packet Capture

  • Happens proactively when event is detected in real-time

None

Virtual assistant for help desk automation

None

Baseline and Anomaly detection

  • By device type and OS

None

Modern cloud architecture

  • Microservices
  • Real-time event processing
  • Reliability due to service containerization
  • Elastic scale
  • Storm, Spark, Kafka, Mesos, containers…

Virtual controllers hosted in distributed data centers

100% open via APIs

  • API-first mentality
  • Everything is programmable

Small feature set available via APIs

Personalized WLANs and IoT segmentation via policy fabric

  • WxLAN: point and click policy setup for wireless users across all APs

None

Correlation of system level events to user experience

None

Feature release agility

  • Approximately every week

Approximately every 3 months

Proactive network insight with visibility into user service levels

  • Visibility into network and user experience

None

Managed service view across all customers

AP status only

Global insight across customers for trending and anomaly detection

None

Minimize OPEX using automation

  • Event correlation
  • Dynamic pCAP

None

Expanded service offering with location

  • Bluetooth™ LE engagement
  • Bluetooth™ LE asset visibility
  • Open SDK

None

Enterprise-grade Bluetooth® LE Access Point

  • All Mist APs have patented 16 element Bluetooth™ LE antenna array

Single omni Bluetooth™ LE beacon in AP

Virtual Beacons

Requires battery powered physical BLE beacons

Machine learning for automatic site calibration

None

Analytics

  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth™ LE and IoT Part of existing Mist services

Wi-Fi only

Easy Bluetooth® LE overlay

  • Bluetooth™ LE only Access Points available
  • Deployed via daisy chaining

None

Industry Buzz

“Virtual Bluetooth® LE is freakin’ huge.”

Lee Badman, Mobility Field Day delegate / Blogger
2017-10-12T14:42:26+00:00
Lee Badman, Mobility Field Day delegate / Blogger

“Listen up vendors: this is the right approach.”

Mike Albano, Google
2017-10-12T14:42:57+00:00
Mike Albano, Google

“By far the best implementation of SLA-based wireless I’ve seen to date.”

Jake Snyder, Mobility Field Day Delegate / Blogger
2017-10-12T14:43:23+00:00
Jake Snyder, Mobility Field Day Delegate / Blogger

“Mist Systems is redefining the indoor location services market.”

Gartner, Cool Vendor Report 2016
2017-10-12T14:43:47+00:00
Gartner, Cool Vendor Report 2016

“The most ‘next-gen’ WLAN platform I have ever seen”

Network Computing
2017-10-12T14:41:57+00:00
Network Computing

“Today the industry is moving from first-generation cloud WLAN solutions to purpose-built cloud solutions based on modern elements such as containers and microservices. The result is web scale, increased agility, and performance.”

— IDC Technology Spotlight

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