Mist Beats the Competition

The Mist platform is built on a modern microservices cloud architecture for elastic scale and agility. An inline AI engine delivers unprecedented insight and automation. Virtual Bluetooth® LE enables personalized location services with ease and scale.

It’s time to retire your controllers and first generation cloud WLAN solutions.

Top Architecture Differences

Cloud

Mist is a massively scalable, distributed 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

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Architecture
Core Design
- modern cloud
- microservices
- real-time event processing
- service containerization
- 1st generation cloud
- hosted datacenter
- virtual controller architecture
- monolithic software
- controller architecture
- multiple OS (10+)
- multiple non-integrated products
- monolithic software
- controller architecture
- multiple OS (10+)
- multiple non-integrated products
Artificial Intelligence
AI foundation for IT built on:
- rich data/metrics
- data science
- machine learning
- natural language processing
AI capabilities are isolated to security product (Introspect from acquisition of Niara).
Scalability
Elastic scale with microservices.
Virtual controllers hosted in co-located data centers.
Sharded database.
Buy more controllers $$$.
Buy more controllers. $$$
Programmability
100% accessible through APIs.
Limited set of APIs.
Limited set of APIs. Only Aruba 8xxx Wired Switch has full API access.
Limited set of APIs.
Resiliency
Service containerization
Microservices.
Redundant virtual Controllers.
Add more hardware $$$ (Controllers, Mobility Masters).
Add more hardware $$$ (Controllers).
Agility
Agile microservices architecture enables rapid updates.
1st generation cloud without microservices lacks agility and results in slow updates.
Monolithic software results in poor ability to update for new devices/apps/fixes and high risk to update.
Monolithic software results in poor ability to update for new devices/apps/fixes and high risk to update.
Operations
Service Level Monitoring
Realtime and inline service levels including: Throughput, Time to Connect, Roaming, Coverage, Capacity.
User/Site/AP level monitoring. 100+ states monitored.
Basic non-realtime event log monitoring (future).
Basic non-realtime event log monitoring. Requires NetInsight appliances and subscription. $
Basic non-realtime event log monitoring. Requires DNA appliances. $$$
Virtual Assistant to Accelerate Help Desk
Natural language queries with integrated helpdesk based on Marvis AI.
Dynamic Packet Capture
Proactively captures packets when an error event occurs in real-time. Eliminates need to reproduce issues.
Manual
Primarily manual.
Limited auto capture on authentication failure events. Requires overlay network of Cape Networks wireless sensor hardware.
Manual
Baselining and Anomaly Detection
Proactive device/OS baselining and anomaly detection by AI system.
Basic anomaly detection.
Limited anomaly detection for a few states (DHCP, DNS, Assoc, Auth).
Limited anomaly detection. Requires DNA appliances. $$$
Root Cause Identification
Automated event correlation using machine learning across wireless/wired/device domains.
Only event logs.
Only available for the Aruba 8200/8400 Core Wired Switch.
Limited RCA. Requires DNA appliances. $$$
Inline Microsegmentation
WxLAN classifies IoT/headless devices and segments by policy.
Stateful firewall in AP with device/app.
Stateful firewall in Controller. IoT classification requires ClearPass $$$.
Requires ISE.
Personal WLAN (private user groups)
Self-serve Personal WLAN for segmentation. Unique PSK.
Shared PSK or requires one SSID per group.
Requires ClearPass $$$ for user/role segmentation. Shared PSK.
Requires ISE $$$ for user/role segmentation. Shared PSK.
Real-time RF View
Real-time RF Glasses shows actual Wi-Fi and BLE coverage from both AP and Client.
Wi-Fi only; predicted, not actual RF coverage; not real-time.
Wi-Fi only; predicted, not actual RF coverage; not real-time. Requires AirWave appliance.
Wi-Fi only; predicted, not actual RF coverage; not real-time. Requires Prime appliance.
Fast AP Boot
AP's boot under 20 seconds.
~1 minute
Several minutes.
Several minutes.
Location Engagement and Insight
BLE Antenna in APs
Patented 16-element BLE antenna array enables dynamic beam-forming.
Single integrated omni-directional BLE antenna.
Additional 3rd party battery-powered BLE beacons required for coverage.
Single integrated omni-directional BLE antenna.
Additional Aruba battery-powered BLE beacons required for coverage.
Virtual Beacons
Unlimited virtual beacons per AP.
Site Calibration (unsupervised machine learning)
Unsupervised machine learning calibrates the site and devices without administrator input.
Requires 3rd party integration, not native. Does not adapt/learn radio performance for new devices.
Requires accurate BLE coverage planning and manual beacon placement with mobile app during installation. Does not adapt/learn radio performance for new devices.
Location Algorithm
Unsupervised machine learning in the cloud triangulates and adapts to varying BLE clients and changing RF.
Triangulation dependent on accurate map placement. Errors introduced by variance in BLE clients.
Triangulation dependent on accurate map placement. Errors introduced by variance in BLE clients.
Location Analytics
BLE & Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi only.
Wi-Fi only
Requires additional appliance (ALE).
Wi-Fi only
Requires additional appliance (CMX).
Asset Tracking
Tracking of 3rd party BLE asset tags.
Tracking of Aruba BLE asset tags.
Requires Aruba 3xx model APs with integrated BLE beacon or overlay deployment of Aruba AS-100 Wireless Sensors.
Wi-Fi RFID tags only.
Requires additional appliance (CMX Operational Visibility).
BLE Overlay for Existing Wi-Fi Deployments
vBLE APs available.
Requires many wall-plug Aruba AS-100 Wireless Sensors.
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Bob Friday, wireless visionary, explains the evolution of wireless and why Mist’s new AI-powered cloud was vital to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

Industry Buzz

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

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

“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

“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

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