Archive for April, 2016

Spring Consultancy Offers

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Spring is here and we are offering reduced rates on all of our consultancy for a limited time.

If you’re currently experiencing black spots in your wireless coverage, or having a repeated network problem get in touch to see if we can help. Take advantage of our spring offers and let our trained technicians put your mind and systems at ease.

We are currently offering:

  • Ruckus Wireless Spring Health Checks\Software\BYOD for £595
  • Wi-Fi Hybrid Wireless Surveys for £650
  • Juniper Networks Health Checks and Upgrades for £895
  • Palo Alto Networks Health Checks and Upgrades for £895
  • Mobotix IPCCTV Health Checks and Upgrades for £895

We have a brilliant team of trained and certified network and wireless engineers that are available to ease the strain of the modern day network.

To take advantage of these limited time promotions please contact your account manager direct, email or go via our contact page to discuss your requirements further.

Prices are subject to VAT and possible travel expense.

Many thanks,

The Net-Ctrl Team

Providing Wireless for the SMB Environment

Thursday, April 21st, 2016


What is the Wi-Fi password?

This is one of the most common questions heard in small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) today. With the shift in technology and consumer expectations of connectivity, SMBs do more than just provide products and services to their customers—they provide Wi-Fi.

But providing Wi-Fi can be a challenge to SMBs who have financial constraints and limited expertise in wireless networking. The options for SMBs are:

A low-cost, consumer-grade Wi-Fi router. This comes with a drawback. The SMB who goes this route will likely deal with connectivity issues, poor performance and the inability support high-density environments.

A feature-rich, expensive WLAN infrastructure. In this scenario, the business will need to have the IT knowledge or staff to deploy and maintain the complex infrastructure, something SMBs typically do not have.

A fully functioning, high performance controller-less Wi-Fi network. With this option, SMBs will benefit from a network that is easy to set up and manage while supporting the connectivity needs of the SMB customers while on-site.

In a traditional Wi-Fi network, the controller provides consolidated management for the entire Wi-Fi network in one place. These devices can be physical or virtual, and communicate with all APs in the network at the same time. But, the set up of a Wi-Fi network with a controller can take time, costs money and often needs IT expertise.

This is where Ruckus Unleashed comes into play. With Unleashed, the functionality of the Ruckus ZoneDirector platform is embedded directly into the Unleashed APs. Any Unleashed AP can act as the master, or controller. Unleashed is designed for a single site deployment of up to 25 APs or 512 concurrent consumer device connections. (For larger deployments or to support branch offices, ZoneDirector or SmartZone platforms are better options.) Unleashed features advanced RF performance, redundancy and resiliency all in a cost-effective package.

To learn more about Ruckus Unleashed, check out the solution brief, brochure or contact the Net-Ctrl team discuss further.

You can get in touch with us by email at, call us on 01473 281 211 or through our website.

Please refer to The Ruckus Room for the original blog entry.

It’s More than Just IoT Security, it’s Security at Scale

Monday, April 18th, 2016

By: Abhi Maras, Cloudpath Product Line Manager

According to IDC, the global market for Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020, and the number of IoT devices is projected to grow from 13 to 30 billion over the next five years*. Many of these IoT devices do and will continue to carry sensitive data.

Those devices need to be securely onboarded and connected.

Why is that challenging? Let’s start with the lack of secure mechanisms available for onboarding and off-boarding. Add to it the fact that IoT devices need to maintain separate network policies not just against user client devices but against themselves due to many device types and applications in play. IoT devices don’t need access to things like file sharing systems that a user/client device would need. While not all things are created equal, recent IoT implementations have treated them as such. For example, the thing controlling the temperature in the break room should be managed differently than the thing powering an oxygen tent in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU).

The good news? These IoT challenges can all be solved. The real challenge is how to solve them at scale.

The best option for addressing scale is certificate-based Wi-Fi security. This type of IoT onboarding allows manufacturers to easily enable secure IoT devices in days or weeks rather than months. By simplifying the availability and adoption of secure IoT devices, it is possible to accelerate onboarding and successfully manage network access without the need for new infrastructure, processes or skills.

Once IoT devices are so secured, the next step is to better enable IT managers in the enterprises that are deploying these IoT devices to control and manage network privileges. This vastly simplifies the adoption of secure IoT devices at scale.

The ideal onboarding technology has the capability to apply specific policies to specific devices, to make the same network cater to users and IT devices while differentiating them and applying different, appropriate policies to all. As a result, mission-critical devices (like that oxygen tent in the ICU) can be treated as such in a hierarchy of permissions set to suit the unique needs of each enterprise via centralized management and control.

For more information about secure IoT onboarding, you can watch our video or attend a webinar.

*According to IDC, by 2018 66 percent of networks will have an IoT security breach.


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University of Portsmouth Opts for Palo Alto Networks Security Platform

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in next-generation security, has announced that the University of Portsmouth has selected, deployed and consolidated its security infrastructure on the Palo Alto Networks security platform.

With a student body of nearly 22,000, the University of Portsmouth is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world. Palo Alto Networks is enabling the university to improve throughput, network stability, and service to users, increase security, and lower IT management burdens.


“Our network provides the lifeblood that fuels innovative research and supports our educational mission, so bandwidth availability, network responsiveness and reliability, and security are top priorities. We recognised that our incumbent, port-based firewalls offering only 1GB of throughput were insufficient. We moved to Palo Alto Networks for the superior security it delivered, and because it could handle a 10GB connection for fast network access so we could provide expanded services to users. We are very pleased with our decision. ”
− James Holland, Network and Security Services Manager, University of Portsmouth

Palo Alto Networks has allowed the University of Portsmouth to receive 10 times more bandwidth from Jisc’s network, Janet, the United Kingdom’s high-speed network for U.K. research and education community, and access a wide range of services such as videoconferencing, web mail, ISP, and research services. The visibility and access control by use of Palo Alto Networks is enabling the university to better protect users and intellectual property and manage security policies.

The University of Portsmouth recognises the advantages of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, which consists of a Next-Generation Firewall, Threat Intelligence Cloud, and Advanced Endpoint Protection. The deployment includes Threat Prevention and Palo Alto Networks Panorama network security management offering, which lets the university easily manage all of its security web policies from just one location and interface.

Read the full press release by Palo Alto Networks.

Want to find out more?

Contact our expert Palo Alto Network team on 01473 281 211, or email us at Alternatively submit your request through our website.

Brocade to Acquire Ruckus Wireless to Build a Networking Company for the Digital Transformation Era

Monday, April 4th, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif.—April 4, 2016—Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) and Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS) today announced that Brocade has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in a cash and stock transaction.

The acquisition will complement Brocade’s enterprise networking portfolio, adding Ruckus’ higher-growth, wireless products to Brocade’s market-leading networking solutions. It will also significantly strengthen Brocade’s strategic presence in the broader service provider space, with Ruckus’ market-leading Wi-Fi position.

Brocade expects the transaction to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings by its first quarter of fiscal 2017. The Ruckus organization will be led by current Ruckus CEO, Selina Lo, and report directly to Brocade CEO, Lloyd Carney.

As companies move to digitize their business, they need an underlying network architecture that supports business agility. This New IP architecture enables the network to become a platform for innovation and for developing, delivering, and securing new applications. Wireless is a critical access technology and the combination of Brocade and Ruckus creates a new type of pure-play networking company, with solutions spanning from the heart of the data center to the wireless network edge.

In addition, after close, the acquisition is expected to accelerate cross-selling activities into the respective companies’ partner and customer bases, opening up new revenue opportunities for the combined company across a variety of verticals, including large enterprises, K-12 and higher education, government, hospitality, and service providers

Further, the acquisition will strengthen Brocade’s ability to pursue emerging market opportunities around 5G mobile services, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, OpenGtm technology for in-building wireless, and LTE/Wi-Fi convergence. Brocade and Ruckus believe that the integration of Wi-Fi and the use of shared access or lightly licensed spectrum are critical to meeting the ever-growing demand for coverage, capacity, and consistency required for next-generation mobile services. These elements are important in Brocade’s strategy to disrupt and enhance the way edge services are created and delivered.

“This strategic combination will position us to expand our addressable market and technology leadership with Ruckus’ fast-growing wireless LAN products, and supports our vision to deliver market-leading New IP solutions that enable the network to become a platform for innovation,” said Lloyd Carney, chief executive officer of Brocade.

“History shows that focused, pure-play companies often innovate faster, are more agile, and deliver better value to their customers. With the rapidly evolving requirements of the digital transformation era, we are positioning ourselves to lead where technology is headed. We believe that combining our portfolios will provide significant benefits to our customers and will enable us to accelerate our growth and value creation.”

“The combination of our two companies will create an exciting new thought leader in networking and significant opportunities for our stakeholders to participate in the combined company’s future growth potential,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus.

“We operate in adjacent segments of the larger networking market with a number of common customers for our complementary products, and have a successful track record of working together. We are excited for the opportunity to join the Brocade team and to jointly deliver innovative, value-added solutions to our enterprise and service provider customers.”

For customers:
From Ruckus Wireless: Once the transaction closes, you will be able to rely on the combined company for market-leading networking solutions that extend from your storage networks to your data center, campus, and wireless edge.

Both companies remain committed to partnering across the industry and you will continue to enjoy the flexibility that our open, partner-centric strategy brings. Whether you prefer single-vendor or multi-vendor solutions for your network infrastructure, the new Brocade with Ruckus will be better positioned to serve you.

We’re also not planning any near-term changes to the sales and support you’ve come to rely on. Ruckus solutions will continue to be sold and supported by the current Ruckus teams, and Brocade solutions will continue to be sold and supported by the current Brocade teams. Until closing, both companies will continue to operate independently to serve our customers.

This is an extract taken from the full press release by Ruckus Wireless.