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Accton heralds the future as they open networking standards for WiFi

by Freddy Mangum on Mar 9, 2016

Since launching in 2003, we’ve been committed to advancing innovation and integrity in the digital age. We take pride in creating — and constantly improving upon — cloud-managed WiFi that can meet the world’s increasing demand for seamless connectivity. We recognize that the industry has many hurdles to overcome, and as such are always excited to see fellow tech visionaries sharing our values and goals — enterprises that are focused on the present and the future needs of an increasingly cloud-first world.

That’s why we were delighted when Accton Technology told us they were contributing their hardware manufacturing designs for access switches and WiFi access points to the Open Compute Project (OCP), effectively creating the world’s first open hardware platform for wired and wireless network switching. As a key original design manufacturer (ODM) in the supply chain for wired and wireless networking products, Accton is uniquely positioned to make a big impact on the industry with this move. Check out the full announcement from Accton and its subsidiary Edge-Core Networks here.

What is open networking and why is it important? At its core, open networking is about decoupling hardware from the software and cloud offerings that make WLAN and wired networking possible. We see this as a game-changer for the industry as enterprises and service providers increasingly value flexibility and want software and cloud innovation separated from hardware.

In the same way that servers have become standardized and interchangeable, the maturation of hardware WiFi infrastructure is moving us in the same direction. It is an insight our customers have been telling us for years, and it’s why we focus all of our R&D on software and not on hardware improvements, which are best left to chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and ODMs like Accton. They can deliver value in packaging this hardware and making it available to the market at a fraction of the cost.

We applaud Accton for being the first to provide an open hardware platform for access switches and WLAN. They are giving enterprises and service providers the ability to obtain hardware directly from the suppliers at a drastically reduced cost, ultimately empowering the market with greater choice. The market has matured to where this is now possible and we’re excited to see what happens next.

Freddy Mangum
CMO at Mojo Networks

Topics: WiFi, WLAN networks, Open Standards, Open Compute Project, Accton