Aerohive Networks

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Aerohive Networks, Inc.
Traded as NYSEHIVE
Industry Technology
Founded [1]
Founder Changming Liu
Headquarters Milpitas, California, U.S.
Key people
David Flynn (CEO)
Products Wi-Fi access points, switches, branch routers, applications and cloud enabled network management
Revenue Increase US$169.8 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
634 (2016)[3]

Aerohive Networks is an American multinational computer networking equipment company headquartered in Milpitas, California, with 17 additional offices worldwide.[4] The company was founded in 2006 and provides wireless networking to medium-sized and larger businesses.[4][5]

In 2012, Aerohive was listed on The Wall Street Journal's list of "Top 50 Start-Ups."[6] The company raised around $105 million in venture capital funding before undergoing an IPO in March 2014.[7][8]


Aerohive was founded in 2006 by Changming Liu. That same year, the company raised $4 million in series A round funding. In July 2007, the company raised an additional $20 million in series B round funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[9] Aerohive completed a series C round of funding, raising $23.5 million to expand its sales and marketing strategy in March 2010.[10][11] In 2011, the company acquired Pareto Networks, a cloud-based routing service, the acquisition allowed Aerohive to integrate Pareto's cloud management technology into its existing offerings.[12][13][14] In September 2012, Aerohive raised $22.5 million in a series E round of funding and announced its plans to undergo an IPO the following year.[15] The company raised an additional $10 million in funding as it prepared to go public, in 2013.[8] On March 28, 2014, the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the HIVE symbol.[16] Aerohive joined Barack Obama's ConnectED initiative in October 2014, when it partnered with Apple Inc. and provided wireless connectivity to the schools receiving Apple products.[17]

Aerohive announced that its devices would operate more seamlessly with Barracuda Networks security products in May 2015.[18] In September 2015, the company announced a technology alliance with Juniper Networks.[19] In January 2016, the company released HiveSchool, a learning application for K-12 classrooms that runs on any network with any computer running the Google Chrome web browser.[20] The company announced that it had entered a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation in February 2016. The agreement named Synnex as the exclusive distributor of Aerohive products in Canada.[21] In April 2016, Aerohive announced a strategic partnership with the technology company Dell.[22]

In September 2016, the company released SD-LAN, a software-defined network that functions on local area networks.[23]


Aerohive develops a controller-less LAN architecture called Cooperative Control, which provides all the performance, availability, management, mobility, and security needed in a large campus deployment. This architecture also enables secure, scalable, high-performance, and mission-critical wireless networking in a manageable and cost-effective way to industries such as education, distributed enterprises, retail, healthcare, state and local government and manufacturing.[24] The company also develops an operating system, HiveOS, for access points and switches, a cloud-enabled management system, HiveManager, Wi-Fi planning tools, applications, and network administration tools for its devices.[25]

The company makes available open REST APIs to its cloud platform, Aerohive Cloud Services, for developers to build Wi-Fi management and analytics solutions.[26] In September 2016, Aerohive announced an update to its cloud management system, HiveManager NG, which enabled LAN networks to become software-defined.[27]

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  11. ^ Berndtson, Chad (5 August 2010). "Aerohive Gains Partners, And Finally, A Buzz in WLAN Channel". CRN. 
  12. ^ Berndston, Chad (November 20, 2012). "Cisco Competitors Say Meraki Move Makes Them More Attractive". CRN Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
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  15. ^ Shawber, Gloria Wang (12 October 2012). "Fast Private: Aerohive is all the buzz with Wi-Fi solutions". San Jose Business Journal. 
  16. ^ Novet, Jordan (28 March 2014). "Hardware Company Aerohive Has a Bouncy IPO Today With Ups & Downs". VentureBeat. 
  17. ^ Bent, Kristen (28 October 2014). "Aerohive Networks Team With Apple To Drive Obama's ConnectED Program". CRN. 
  18. ^ Schaffhauser, Dian (26 May 2015). "Barracuda and Aerohive Bolster Wireless Security Product Ties". The Journal. 
  19. ^ Haranas, Mark (17 September 2015). "Juniper Forms Alliance With Aerohive; Says Aruba Partnership Still Intact". CRN. 
  20. ^ Meyer, Leila (20 January 2016). "Aerohive Debuts HiveSchool". The Journal. 
  21. ^ "Aerohive Makes Synnex Exclusive Distributor of WiFi Portfolio to U.S., Canada". Cabling Installation and Maintenance. 18 February 2016. 
  22. ^ Haranas, Mark (28 April 2016). "Dell, Aerohive Partnership 'Smells' Like an Acquisition Ahead, Partners Say". 
  23. ^ Kerravala, Zeus (13 September 2016). "Aerohive Introduces the Software-Defined LAN". Network World. 
  24. ^ Graychase, Naomi (Apr 21, 2008). "Aerohive Announces New 802.11n Portfolio". Wi Fi Planet. Retrieved Oct 31, 2012. 
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  27. ^ Vizard, Mike (September 12, 2016). "Aerohive Network States Claim to SD-LANs". IT Business Edge. Retrieved January 24, 2017.