Wireless LANs (WLANs) for
Retailers



12 October 2006 Copyright © 2006 Meru Networks, All Rights Reserved.
Third party co...
Meru Networks: innovative wireless
    LAN (WLAN) solutions
    •   Meru’s converged voice, data, and
        video WLAN p...
Target markets

    •   Meru’s target markets have critical
        data, voice, and video applications
         •   Healt...
Retail trends are changing

    •   Enabling knowledge workers and
        staff to become mobile allows
        facilitie...
Productivity growth drives profitability and
holds the line on costs
    •   Productivity improvements drive
        growt...
Reliable WLANs are the cornerstone of
information conduits
    •   Reliable conduits using
        converged voice/video/d...
Interoperable solutions overlay on existing
infrastructure, preserve capital

    •   Retailers must squeeze higher
      ...
The TCO of an IT solution can help or
    hinder strategic educational objectives

    •   Lower total cost of ownership
 ...
Meru excels in wireless LANs for retail

    •   Meru offers best-of-class wireless LAN performance
        that can be ov...
Meru’s robust, secure WLANs preserve
     infrastructure investments
     •   Meru offers a scalable, standards-based WLAN...
What can Meru do that others can’t?
        Meru Radio Switch   Network hundreds of users           Meru Access Point
    ...
Differentiating the old from the Meru
     Older Centralized WLANs                                  Meru’s Distributed Int...
What are the elements of Meru’s
     comprehensive LAN platform?




                         E(z)RF

13
Access Points


     •   Single radio and dual radio Access Points for use with Meru
         Controllers
          •   80...
Radio Switches

     •   Radio switches include multiple software-configurable 802.11a/b/g
         radios
          •   P...
Controllers

     •   Coordinates Meru Access Points
          •   Centralized control for easy configuration and manageme...
E(z)RF™ Application Suite

            •   BASE software suite includes
                dashboard, monitoring, configurati...
Meru Tailors Its Products To
            Meet Retailers Needs:
     Retailers Must Tailor Their Needs
          To Competi...
How does Meru overcome WLAN
limitations and what are the benefits?
     •   Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology resides ...
Enhanced mobility:
Work everywhere with every device
 •   Meru’s secure cellular-like technology lets users work where the...
Enhanced productivity:
Faster installations, fewer headaches

 •       Meru requires no RF channel planning survey during ...
Enhanced connectivity: the reliability of a
wired network, the freedom of a wireless one

 •   Meru offers 10x density of ...
Enhanced interoperability:
 Backward compatible, forward looking

     •   Meru’s WLANs are compatible with existing core ...
Reduced TCO:
A platform on which you can afford to grow

 •       Meru’s WLAN platform supports data, voice, and
         ...
Meru Improves the Total
          User Experience:
     Other WLANs Have Severe
             Limitations



25
Phone: Cisco phones work better on
 Meru’s networks
     •   Cisco wireless phones work better on Meru’s networks
        ...
Data: Meru’s networks offer higher density,
higher performance
     •   Meru has proven solutions for dense client and hig...
Innovation: Meru is enabling the all-wireless
campus
     •   Meru drives innovation and invention into the WLAN market –
...
$€£¥   Meru Lowers the Total




$€£¥
        Cost Of Ownership:
     Other WLANs Have Higher
          Life-Cycle Costs

...
Mobility metric

 •   Meru lets all users walk, talk, and surf - all at the same time
        •
            Users can roam...
Productivity metric


 •   Meru leads the industry in the ratio of users-to-Access Points and
     guaranteed access to ba...
Connectivity metric

 •   Meru provides fair access to 802.11b/g clients
       •
           Cisco is slow to associate ne...
Interoperability metric

 •   Meru’s WLANs work with standard clients, eliminating the need to
     install, track, and up...
TCO metric


 •   Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology minimizes the need for RF
     channel planning
       •
         ...
TCO metric

               Cisco                                                       Meru
Construct      •Manually draw ...
Summary

                       Others               Meru
     Mobility          Limited              Untethered

     Pro...
Meru has a track record of helping
customers meet their strategic objectives
        "WLAN connectivity allows organizatio...
Sales, support, training worldwide



             Meru Networks
             Corporate Headquarters
             Sunnyval...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Meru Retailer Presentation 18 October 2006

302 views
181 views

Published on

Published in: Technology
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
302
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
12
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Meru Retailer Presentation 18 October 2006

  1. 1. Wireless LANs (WLANs) for Retailers 12 October 2006 Copyright © 2006 Meru Networks, All Rights Reserved. Third party copyrights are the property of their respective copyright owners.
  2. 2. Meru Networks: innovative wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions • Meru’s converged voice, data, and video WLAN platform sits at what the Gartner Group calls "the high end of the technology spectrum" • Interoperable with existing networking infrastructure, the platform can also be used to create a wire-free all-wireless enterprise • The platform offers the lowest available total cost of ownership • Meru is a privately owned, Silicon Valley technology company • Founded in 2002, offices worldwide • >35 patents granted or in process • $68M in venture-backed funding 2
  3. 3. Target markets • Meru’s target markets have critical data, voice, and video applications • Healthcare • Hospitals and clinics • Education • K -12, colleges, and universities • Retail • Department, convenience, and specialty stores • Logistics centers and depots • Enterprise • Corporate and branch offices • Government • Facilities and programs 3
  4. 4. Retail trends are changing • Enabling knowledge workers and staff to become mobile allows facilities to be better utilized, new ERP and CRM initiatives to be deployed, costs to be better managed • Growing use of dual-mode phones, video, RFID, and PDAs must be accommodated By 2007 more than 66 percent of workers will use mobile and wireless computing, and that number will rise to 89% in 2008. Mobility: Trends, Challenges and Solutions, Getronics, 2005 4
  5. 5. Productivity growth drives profitability and holds the line on costs • Productivity improvements drive growth, raise profitability, and control costs by allowing small IT staffs to make the most of available resources • Wired networks don’t address mobility needs, are costly to modify • A low-overhead networking platform lowers costs by making small IT staffs more productive A 1,000 employee retailer could realize $800,000 in savings from a 1% increase in productivity. Making the Case for Wireless Mobility Investment, Mobile Competency, 2003 5
  6. 6. Reliable WLANs are the cornerstone of information conduits • Reliable conduits using converged voice/video/data encourage knowledge transfer • and collaboration Retailers have dense, dynamic 99.9999% user environments and mixed Up Time clients • Proprietary software/drivers are anathema to IT management A highly reliable WLAN allows a small IT staff to focus attention on productivity and growth-related opportunities instead of infrastructure- related problems 6
  7. 7. Interoperable solutions overlay on existing infrastructure, preserve capital • Retailers must squeeze higher returns from existing assets while paving the way for new applications • Solutions must be easily deployable, optimized for converged toll-quality voice/video/data, and able to withstand harsh environments such as warehouses Even if the initial use is for data, a WLAN must support converged data, roaming voice, and streaming video applications because they will be needed in the future 7
  8. 8. The TCO of an IT solution can help or hinder strategic educational objectives • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) should be a key objective of any IT infrastructure change because it determines where future funds will be directed • Dynamic and rapidly evolving retail environments require flexible, adaptable solutions Source: Gartner Group Loss of productivity and heightened frustration due to IT equipment downtime are factors in assessing TCO Up to my knees in alligators, Getronics, 2003 8
  9. 9. Meru excels in wireless LANs for retail • Meru offers best-of-class wireless LAN performance that can be overlaid on an existing wired network or replace it altogether • Mobility: Toll quality voice over WLAN, voice mobility with no delays or dropped calls • Productivity: No complex channel surveys, easy adds/moves/changes • Connectivity: High density, high throughput, 802.11b/g fairness • Interoperability: Standard clients (no proprietary CCX adapters), converged voice / data/ streaming video on one network • Lowest TCO: minimal IT management overhead, enables the all- wireless facility 9
  10. 10. Meru’s robust, secure WLANs preserve infrastructure investments • Meru offers a scalable, standards-based WLAN with toll quality voice, robust controllers, and an all-wireless backbone option • Meru’s WLAN solution overlays on, and is interoperable with, existing Cisco wired infrastructure, preserving this substantial capital investment • Field-proven to interoperate with existing infrastructure products such as Cisco Catalyst 7500, Cisco VPN, Cisco 7920 phones, and firewall, IDS, authentication, security solutions 10
  11. 11. What can Meru do that others can’t? Meru Radio Switch Network hundreds of users Meru Access Point with mixed 802.11a/b/g clients in high-density conditions Offer toll-quality, simultaneous mobile voice and data communications with seamless hand-offs and no dropped connections Enhance wired networks Meru AirShield with secure wireless voice Meru Wireless Backbone and data – walk, talk, and surf with confidence Create an all-wireless campus without the costs and issues of a wired network 11
  12. 12. Differentiating the old from the Meru Older Centralized WLANs Meru’s Distributed Intelligent WLANs Did not work well with different wireless cards (using Compatible with all wireless cards running at the both 802.11a and 802.11b/g laptops reduced network same time (full network performance with 802.11a/b/g performance) laptops) Required extensive radio channel surveys prior to Does not require radio channel surveys, saves IT installation and with every change, consumed IT staff staff time time and budget Access Points have to be carefully placed to avoid Access Points can be placed wherever needed interference with each other, causes gaps in coverage without concern about interference, allows overlapping if an Access Point fails coverage so the network still works normally if an Access Points fails Limited number of simultaneous users per Access >100 users per Access Point reduces the total Point (≈10-15) requires more Access Points in high number of Access Points per facility density facilities Could not manage data and voice or streaming video Supports converged data, voice, and video on one – sometimes separate networks were required for network, lowering costs and increasing flexibility each Rely on a combination of wired and wireless networks Enables the all-wireless facility without any wires More susceptible to Denial-of-Service security risks Access Points block many types of Denial-of-Service through the Access Points security attacks, improving security 12
  13. 13. What are the elements of Meru’s comprehensive LAN platform? E(z)RF 13
  14. 14. Access Points • Single radio and dual radio Access Points for use with Meru Controllers • 802.11b/g and 802.11a radios simultaneously support a/b/g clients, offers market- leading 802.11g performance in mixed 802.11b/g environments • Zero configuration setup using plug and play architecture • Automatic discovery and configuration • Toll quality wireless VoIP performance using Air Traffic Control • QoS ensured using deterministic scheduling of client transmissions and zero- delay hand-off between virtual cells • Highest user density environment support • Provides 10x increase in client density with no degradation in quality • Compatible with existing enterprise deployments • Reassociation with non-Meru Access Points for hand-offs • Multi-layered security with automatic rogue detection, location positioning, and neutralization • Every Access Point includes an integrated network sniffer for channel supervision 14
  15. 15. Radio Switches • Radio switches include multiple software-configurable 802.11a/b/g radios • Provide simultaneous service to multiple 802.11b/g and 802.11a channels • 802.11n ready backbone • Provides the performance of multiple Access Points in a single product • Saves over 70% in deployment and ongoing management costs • Radios can be assigned to client access, wireless hops to Access Points, and/or wireless backbone • Multiple radios can be assigned when more bandwidth is required, e.g., backbones • Saturates large areas using Meru’s patent-pending, wideband omnidirectional antennae • Eliminates directional antenna purchases, simplifies RF planning and site surveys • Removes density/performance trade-off rules governing traditional access points • Allows all voice, video, and data WLAN channels to be extended without degradation of wireless service or concern about the coverage area • Works with existing clients 15
  16. 16. Controllers • Coordinates Meru Access Points • Centralized control for easy configuration and management • Enforces WLAN security • Enables plug-and-play deployment • Provides RF resource management and mobility • Coordinates contention management and QoS policies • Simplifies Access Point deployment • Eliminates channel planning and complex RF site surveys • Zero-configuration with automatic selection of power and channel settings • Enables toll-quality voice even in high density client environments • Provides seamless client mobility across subnets • Multi-layered security includes WPA, 802.11i, automatic rogue access point prevention, and location-based access policies • Static and dynamic 40-bit and 128-bit WEP keys, TKIP with MIC, access control entries supported by user by AP (MAC filtering), multiple ESSID/BSSID each with its own Security Policy • “R” series Controllers provide redundant operation 16
  17. 17. E(z)RF™ Application Suite • BASE software suite includes dashboard, monitoring, configuration settings and templates, reports, and user administration • VISUALIZE software suite complements the BASE suite with real-time visualization for viewing coverage, performance, and diagnostic data • EZRF-COV-PLNR software suite provides RF coverage and survey data on existing RF coverage 17
  18. 18. Meru Tailors Its Products To Meet Retailers Needs: Retailers Must Tailor Their Needs To Competing Products 18
  19. 19. How does Meru overcome WLAN limitations and what are the benefits? • Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology resides in what the Gartner Group calls "the high end of the technology spectrum," resulting in the only Wi-Fi certified WLAN for toll- quality voice and high-capacity data • The net result is a superbly reliable WLAN that enhances every facet of your organization, regardless of industry Mobility Untethered freedom of movement Productivity Lower IT workload Connectivity High density, 802.11b/g fairness Interoperability Standard (non-proprietary) clients TCO Low installed / maintenance costs 19
  20. 20. Enhanced mobility: Work everywhere with every device • Meru’s secure cellular-like technology lets users work where they need to, with Wi-Fi devices of their choosing • Stay connected while roaming with scanners, phones, tags, badges, PDAs, PCs without the drop-outs or hand-off delays of micro cell networks 20
  21. 21. Enhanced productivity: Faster installations, fewer headaches • Meru requires no RF channel planning survey during installation or for adds/moves/ changes • Self-configuring Controllers, Access Points with integrated network sniffers, remote diagnostics, and downloadable upgrades allow Meru WLANs to be quickly deployed without consuming IT staff time • Micro cell architectures requires time-consuming and costly RF channel planning surveys pre-installation and following adds/moves/changes Meru’s APs Coexist Micro cell APs Interfere With One Harmoniously Another, Require Careful Planning Virtual Cell • IT managers praise Meru’s networking solutions because they increase productivity by requiring less time to design, install, and maintain 21
  22. 22. Enhanced connectivity: the reliability of a wired network, the freedom of a wireless one • Meru offers 10x density of competing alternatives and is ideal for malls, food courts, depots, and warehouses • Overlay on existing wired networks or build all-wireless enterprises • Run 802.11b phones and g clients simultaneously without degradation Meru Radio Switch 22
  23. 23. Enhanced interoperability: Backward compatible, forward looking • Meru’s WLANs are compatible with existing core infrastructure • Works with standard Wi-Fi clients including smart phones • Standards-based security built-in, interfaces with enterprise IDS/IPS, encryption, authentication, and locationing solutions Meru Wireless Backbone • Meru’s platform forms the foundation for future all-wireless and convergent fixed-mobile applications 23
  24. 24. Reduced TCO: A platform on which you can afford to grow • Meru’s WLAN platform supports data, voice, and streaming video • Cost-effective for a single application, the platform can handle all three • Meru’s WLANs alleviate the high TCO associated with supporting a micro cell deployment, or maintaining and updating separate networks for data, voice, and video 24
  25. 25. Meru Improves the Total User Experience: Other WLANs Have Severe Limitations 25
  26. 26. Phone: Cisco phones work better on Meru’s networks • Cisco wireless phones work better on Meru’s networks • Toll-quality voice while roaming, dynamic control of over-the-air communication • WPA / WPA2 Enterprise Mode with zero hand-off, a Meru exclusive • High QoS voice in converged data/video networks, no need for parallel networks • High density operation with more clients per Access Point, lowers costs In WLAN tests using Cisco 7920 phones + Cisco Unified CallManager®, Meru supported 10 simultaneous calls with MOS scores >4, Cisco supported 4 simultaneous calls with MOS scores <4. • Other WLANs just weren’t designed for voice • No contention management, no traffic management, no resource management, no admission control, no upstream QoS reservation, no scalable QoS without additional higher layer system software • Closely spaced Access Points aggravates co-channel interference, distant spacing reduces coverage and channel access • QoS is dependent on proprietary CCX client adapters - difficult to manage and burdensome for guest access 26
  27. 27. Data: Meru’s networks offer higher density, higher performance • Meru has proven solutions for dense client and high throughput applications • Selected for world’s largest WLAN enterprise network (30,000 Access points) at a Top-10 U.S. School District – the first installation provides 500Mbps per classroom with redundant failover • Highest user density production deployment - 100+ active users per Access Point (AP) at Northern Michigan University • World’s largest single channel deployment - 2000 APs at University of Miami Medical Hospital • Other WLANs lag far behind Meru with respect to both density and throughput • Meru has 10x client density for data, 5x for voice • Meru has demonstrated >6x throughput in dense data applications 27
  28. 28. Innovation: Meru is enabling the all-wireless campus • Meru drives innovation and invention into the WLAN market – architecting the all-wireless network • Scalable wireless pipes provide robust and secure backbones, an industry first • Standard voice and data clients get wire-like performance, an industry first • The innovative RS 4000 Radio Switch incorporates four radios and supports dual 802.11a and dual 802.11g operation, an industry first • Meru’s platform uses an extensible architecture that grows more powerful without forklift upgrades, an industry first Meru Wireless Backbone 28
  29. 29. $€£¥ Meru Lowers the Total $€£¥ Cost Of Ownership: Other WLANs Have Higher Life-Cycle Costs 29
  30. 30. Mobility metric • Meru lets all users walk, talk, and surf - all at the same time • Users can roam reliably during voice calls, increasing their mobility as well as their ability to multi-task • Cisco voice quality drops with >4 voice calls on the same Access Point. How should this be managed? • Scenario: department store with 150 staff members and dual-mode phones • Average hourly staff wage: $40 • Average calls per day requiring walk to the next task: 30 • Average time to reach the next task after a call: 1 minute • Cisco’s poor mobility results in 27,375 hours of lost time, or $1,095,000 of lost wages per year • ((1 min. x 30 tasks) / 60 min.) x 150 users x 365 days = 27,375 hrs • $40 hour x 27,375 hours = $1,095,000 (≈854,000€) 30
  31. 31. Productivity metric • Meru leads the industry in the ratio of users-to-Access Points and guaranteed access to bandwidth • Cisco requires more APs in high-density environments, increasing equipment and installation costs • Scenario: warehouse with 200 staff with 802.11b/g laptops, all of which must download a 5MB SKU update within five minutes • Meru can download the data to all staff members in <5 minutes using 3 APs Meru installation cost: 3 APs@$795 + 3 inst.@$500 = $3,885 (3,030€) • • Cisco requires >50 minutes using 14 APs to download the data Cisco installation/survey cost: 14 APs@$899 + 14 inst.@$582 = $20,734 (15,918€) • • Staff members lose work time using a Cisco network, whereas with a Meru network they can be productive in minutes 31
  32. 32. Connectivity metric • Meru provides fair access to 802.11b/g clients • Cisco is slow to associate new clients + 802.11g throughput degrades in the presence of b clients • Meru 18Mbps vs. Cisco 9Mbps with only 10 g clients and 1 b client • Scenario: retailer with 2 Access Points and 25 inventory clerks who must log-in their mixed 802.11b/g laptops at the start of a shift • Meru logs in all clerks in ≤3 minutes • Field data shows Cisco requires ≈6 minutes to log in each group of 4 clerks, or (6 minutes x (25 / 4) students) 37.5 minutes for all clerks • Clerks lost >35 minutes during log-ins using a Cisco network, but only 3 minutes using a Meru network 32
  33. 33. Interoperability metric • Meru’s WLANs work with standard clients, eliminating the need to install, track, and update custom clients or adapters • Cisco requires proprietary CCX client adapters on every device for micro cell power management - CCX patch management, RF tuning, and new client troubleshooting are IT burdens • Cisco’s management tool points to a problem but doesn’t solve it – Meru doesn’t have the problem to begin with • Non-CCX guest access requires a separate network • Scenario: retail chain with 2500 clients (laptops, PDAs, phones), 40 sites, 200 vendor visitors per month • Average time to load/verify Cisco CCX adapter: 30 minutes each • Churn rate (new/replacement devices): 5% (125) per month • 1st year overhead managing Cisco client adapters: 2000 hours • (2500 clients x 30 min.) + ((125 clients x 30 min.) x 12 mos.) = 120,000 minutes or 2000 hours 33
  34. 34. TCO metric • Meru’s Air Traffic Control technology minimizes the need for RF channel planning • Cisco requires RF planning to avoid adjacent channel interference, and more APs to provide adequate coverage, adding cost and complexity • Scenario: 100 room home furnishing superstore (100,000 sq. ft. total), each room must be covered by 2 APs for seamless roaming (20 APs required in total ) • Cisco survey time is >4x longer than Meru • IT productivity for surveys is 1 hour per 7,040 sq. ft. with Cisco, productivity with Meru is 1 hour per 32,260 sq. ft. 34
  35. 35. TCO metric Cisco Meru Construct •Manually draw estimated coverage areas. • Coverage Planner software automatically generates a report Proposal and •Record planned access point information. including network coverage and performance maps plus AP Work Order •Write proposal with estimated coverage maps, AP location information. locations, antenna types and transmit powers. • Write proposal using automatic report TOTAL TIME: 3 hours TOTAL TIME: 0.3 hours Pre- • Each planned AP location requires three readings per • For each planned AP location, walk through the coverage area of Deployment room using a utility shipped with the network card. the AP and update the Coverage Planner map in each room with Survey Record readings. 1 minute per room one mouse click. 20 seconds per room • Time required to walk the entire site: 60 minutes • Time required to walk the entire site: 60 minutes • TOTAL TIME: 2.7 hours TOTAL TIME: 1.5 hours Post- • Each planned AP location requires three readings per • For each planned AP location, walk through the coverage area of Deployment room per AP using a utility shipped with the network the AP and update the map in each room with one mouse click. Survey card. Record readings. 2 minutes per room Included in site walking time – no additional time required. • Time required to walk the entire site: 60 minutes • Time required to walk the entire site: 60 minutes • TOTAL TIME: 4.3 hours TOTAL TIME: 1 hour Reporting •Manually draw coverage maps for each access point and • Automatically generate report with two mouse-clicks record access point MAC-addresses, access point • Additional site notes, as needed: 15 minutes locations, channels, and installation notes. 2.5 minutes per room TOTAL TIME: 4.2 hours TOTAL TIME: 0.25 hours TOTAL 14.2 hours total - 1 hour / 7,040 sq. ft. 3.1 hours total - 1 hour / 32,260 sq. ft. 35
  36. 36. Summary Others Meru Mobility Limited Untethered Productivity High IT workload Low IT workload Connectivity Slow, low-density Fast, high-density Interoperability Proprietary clients Standards-based TCO High Low Meru’s platform is innovative, fast, extensible, user-friendly, and cost-effective 36
  37. 37. Meru has a track record of helping customers meet their strategic objectives "WLAN connectivity allows organizations to cost-effectively support on-campus workers with voice and data applications that can significantly improve communications and workflow inside the enterprise," said David Werezak, Vice President, Research In Motion. "Meru's WLAN infrastructure with its reliable connectivity and seamless coverage provides a solid foundation for the BlackBerry WLAN solution." To provide wireless coverage, SUNY Farmingdale deployed Meru access points spaced only 30 feet apart from each other. Gladson George, Network Administrator, SUNY Farmingdale, said, "This high density set-up would not have been possible without Meru's unique Air Traffic Control technology. With Meru's ability to coordinate all of the access points in this area and successfully manage signal contention, we can deliver wireless access in the most demanding of environments." “We evaluated several wireless LAN products, but when we saw Meru’s demonstration, our decision was easy,” said James Pierce, Chief Information Officer, The Monitor Group. “We were able to configure and deploy the system, with consistent security and access policies, in a matter of minutes…Meru’s ability to handle multiple data applications, as well as voice, to meet our future needs, convinced us that Meru was the only WLAN solution that made sense.” 37
  38. 38. Sales, support, training worldwide Meru Networks Corporate Headquarters Sunnyvale, California 94087 Tel: +1-408-215-5300 Fax: +1-408-215-5301 www.merunetworks.com 38

×