Aerohive has launched A3 access control software for wired and wireless networks. A3 competes against Aruba ClearPass and Cisco ISE, among other access control and policy enforcement platforms.
A3 offers capabilities for device onboarding, provisioning, and access control. The software can manage wired and wireless access for corporate and BYOD devices, as well as IoT devices. It also supports guest access for visitors, contractors, and so on.
Administrators can build access policies around user roles, applications, time of day, network location, and other factors. A customizable captive Web portal allows for self-service access for guests, as well as automated device provisioning for corporate laptops, mobile devices, and IoT devices.
The software includes a RADIUS server and can issue 802.1x certificates.
Besides device onboarding and access polices, A3 also includes NAC capabilities to assess devices for security compliance, and can quarantine non-compliant devices.
Administrators can set access controls based on device types. Aerohive says A3 includes capabilities for granular fingerprinting to help accurately classify devices as they come onto the network.
For instance, the company says it can distinguish between a smartphone running Android and a wireless camera running the same OS.
As part of its fingerprinting capabilities, Aerohive leverages Fingerbank, an open, crowd-sourced database of device fingerprints. Aerohive licenses Fingerbank from its developers at Inverse. Aerohive says it will share back new fingerprints it gathers via A3.
Aerohive says A3 doesn’t require Aerohive’s own APs and access switches. The software works with a wide range of third-party switches and APs from vendors such as Cisco (and Meraki), Aruba, Extreme Networks, Ubiquiti, and more.
A3 can also integrate with third-party firewall and IPS equipment from vendors including Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint, Fortinet, and WatchGuard.
Stepping Up to Cisco, Aruba
In a conversation with Aerohive, the company said it has limited access control capabilities via its Hive Manager management platform, but the lack of a full-fledged access control system made it harder to get into certain opportunities.
Thus, the company’s first targets for A3 are existing customers, as well as potential customers who like Aerohive’s management software and equipment but also need more access control capabilities.
Then, Aerohive says it will target companies who are dissatisfied with competitors such as Aruba and Cisco, whether for issues of cost or complexity.
On the pricing front, Aerohive is aiming for simplicity. Pricing starts at $9,999 for a base license, plus a recurring subscription license based on the number of devices. The recurring license starts at $7,000 per year for 1,000 devices.
A3 is shipping now. It’s currently only available as software that runs on premises. The company says a cloud version will be available later in the year.