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With immediate effect, it is also possible with WatchGuard to manage the manufacturer’s WLAN products via a central cloud platform.
Well also has WatchGuard added cloud-based WLAN management to its portfolio. Competitors such as AVM, Lancom, Cisco or HPE have been offering similar products for a long time. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in particular should benefit from the new possibilities of being able to manage WatchGuard’s WLAN products via the provider’s cloud platform. The manufacturer promises that “Wi-Fi in WatchGuard Cloud” will reduce IT overhead, improve overall user-friendliness and lower infrastructure costs.
“Now our complete firewall, endpoint protection, MFA and WLAN technology portfolio is truly integrated into the Unified Security Platform,” said Andrew Young, Senior Vice President of Product Management at WatchGuard. As the MSP market continued to grow at a rapid pace, partners now needed centralized solutions that made it easy for them to deploy and manage the services while providing the highest levels of security.
Wi-Fi in Watchguard Cloud is not only intended to reduce the complexity of managing multiple security services, but also to automate onboarding and facilitate remote maintenance, for example. MSPs also benefit from extended multi-tier and multi-tenant functions that can be accessed via a single interface. The new solution also supports the manufacturer’s FlexPay program. This enables business models with recurring income, the use of flexible payment options or the introduction of additional service modules.
There are also expanded options for reporting and troubleshooting so that anomalies, for example, can be more easily identified and rectified. It is also possible to set up captive portals that can be created individually according to the customer’s specifications. In addition, the American network manufacturer has introduced several new Wi-Fi 6E APs (Access Points). The AP130, AP330 and AP430CR models are aimed at small and medium-sized companies as well as larger companies with distributed locations.