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Aerohive Networks is an American multinational networking company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with additional offices in the United Kingdom and China.  Founded in 2006, it provides wireless networking to medium-sized and larger businesses. According to CRN Magazine, the company initially "gained notices for its controller-less approach to wireless LAN". In 2012, it was #37 on The Wall Street Journal's list of "Top 50 Start-Ups", selected from a pool of 5,900 United States based companies valued beneath $1 billion and recently involved in equity financing.
In the past several years, the company has been raising funds and expanding, including 2011's acquisition of competitor Pareto Networks, which moved it into cloud management. The period of 2009 to 2012 saw rapid asset expansion, according to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal experiencing triple-digit growth each year. CRN Magazine noted in November 2012 that it is both "often viewed as another IPO candidate" and potentially a target for a company like HP or Dell to acquire. The company has itself announced its intention to go public in 2013.
Controller-less Wi-Fi: Cooperative Control Architecture
Aerohive developed a controller-less wireless LAN architecture called Cooperative Control, which provides all the performance, availability, management, mobility, and security needed in a large campus deployment, and, with the elimination of controllers in the architecture, is appropriate even in small branch office and warehouse deployments.
This controller-less architecture also enables secure, scalable, high-performance, and mission-critical wireless networking in a manageable and cost-effective way to industries such as education, healthcare, state and local government, manufacturing, distribution, and retail.
Aerohive acquired privately held cloud-based networking vendor, Pareto Networks, in January 2011. Pareto’s cloud-based networking technology was integrated with Aerohive's operating system (HiveOS) and Cloud Services Platform (HiveManager Online), resulting in the BR100 and BR200 branch routing products.
Aerohive most recently received $22.5 million in Mezzanine Equity financing, led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), a later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Northern Light and Four Rivers also participated in the round.
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