Mojo Networks: The Age of Cognitive Wi-Fi

Rick Wilmer, CEO Over the course of years, several trends have shaped the landscape of the Wi-Fi industry. To put it into perspective: integration with IoT devices, disaggregation of hardware and software, and cloud management are some of the many. But none have inched close to Mojo Networks’ use of cognitive technology— the company’s biggest score till date—to deliver pristine Wi-Fi experience to all its users.

Tapping into the power of updated technology in networking, namely the paradigm shift created by the cloud, Mojo Networks is revolutionizing the networking business by breaking the traditional mold of Wi-Fi access for enterprises through cloud management and cognitive Wi-Fi solutions.

Rick Wilmer, the CEO of Mojo Networks, has a clear idea of challenges that businesses face in today’s Wi-Fi networking environment. “Traditionally, proprietary hardware and software were offered by providers, which locked in customers and limited their choice and flexibility. While that model worked well to boost profitability for vendors, it offered little benefit for the customers or their end - users,” says Wilmer. Now that computing and storage functionalities are way ahead in terms of embracing open standards and vendor collaboration, Mojo Networks is working diligently to loosen the proprietary restrictions placed on enterprise customers by doing things differently. The company focuses its efforts on bringing innovation to the networking industry in a way that empowers IT administrators with high-quality user experiences, a myriad of options, and reliable performance, at a much lower cost.

Delivering Wi-Fi with Updated Architecture

Mojo Networks has rooted its revolutionary Wi-Fi networking in a strong understanding of what businesses need in order to deliver the best experience possible to its customers. Wilmer explains, “The old architecture that was originally deployed 10 to 15 years ago was controller-based. This meant a controller sat in a network operation center and all access points were plugged in via Ethernet cables. For a large venue, multiple controllers were needed to provide adequate connections.” However, in today’s Wi-Fi environment, the multi-controller architecture does not lend itself to creating and sustaining networks that have hundreds to thousands of users. Mojo Networks has completely re-architected the way the control, management and data planes of a Wi-Fi network operate to meet the needs of evolving enterprises through cognitive Wi-Fi.

With Wi-Fi offered through Mojo Networks, the controller has been eliminated from the equation. Wilmer explains, “That doesn’t mean we move the controller to the cloud, but instead we have completely re-architected the way the management/ data/control plane works. Customers do not need their network to be connected to the cloud for it to stay up and running; only the management plane is in the cloud.


The Wi-Fi network by itself becomes self-aware and self-driving


Also, because the data that goes back and forth between the network and the cloud is limited, there is no strain or heavy traffic on the circuit.” Most importantly, the cloud separates itself away from the organization’s network and it has unlimited computing and storage resources available to deal with the colossal amounts of data.

Taking away the monolithic blocks—that were traditional controllers—Mojo Networks eradicates the restrictions placed on storage and data analysis. Cognitive Wi-Fi allows businesses to understand where end-users are, how they are connecting to the network, what success they are having with authentication, and the applications they are running. As the data is stored in the cloud, the network can harness the power of AI algorithms to fully understand the network and how it is being used—a task that cannot be accomplished with a controller architecture. Wilmer states, “The Wi-Fi network by itself becomes self-aware and self-driving. We have the ability to let customers know when the network is starting to deviate from its norm, and alerts are sent so a correction can be made before the end-user is impacted.” Because the density of end-users continues to climb, being able to analyze real-time use and adjust parameters of the network to accommodate changes ensures the Wi-Fi experience is strong.

Cognitive Wi-Fi visualizes the quality of experience for individual users and automates root cause analysis if network problems do occur. It even proactively fixes Wi-Fi issues before they occur, but if a user does call the helpdesk with a “Wi- Fi problem,” it tells exactly what's going on—even if it has nothing to do with Wi-Fi.

In addition to changing the landscape of Wi-Fi networking for enterprises, Mojo Networks has long been a leader in wireless intrusion prevention systems. Mojo AirTight, the leading protection technology that automates wireless threat detection while reducing false positives, covers nearly 30 patents and is deployed in several federal government agencies, military bases, and other highly-secure locations throughout the world. The founding engineering team of Mojo Networks developed the wireless intrusion prevention system because of their mantra that security is mandatory. Wilmer explains, “If an organization has a Wi-Fi network with exposed threats, there is no value added to the end-customer, and ultimately, those threats may cause extensive damage. For that reason, security has always been and will continue to be first and foremost for us.” AirTight is built into Mojo Network’s Wi-Fi solution, or the technology can be deployed as an overlay on top of any Wi-Fi network. Organizations also have the ability to automatically report compliance details through the solution, making the job of CSOs far easier.

Bringing Wi-Fi Innovation to the Market

Mojo Networks has had the opportunity to work with a myriad of organizations to ensure Wi-Fi access and connectivity is at its highest possible performance. Recently, the company was nominated for an award, recognizing its innovative work for a large network provider located in India.
The provider was in the process of rolling out one of the largest networks, essentially offloading LTE traffic to Wi-Fi. They faced the need to deploy millions of access points with billions of users accessing the network at any given time, creating an insurmountable obstacle under the traditional controller-based architecture. Mojo Networks was able to develop a solution that leveraged cloud management within the company’s data center, without the need for multiple controllers, which took away the impracticality and prohibitive cost of the project. Since that time, the network has run brilliantly, and the scalability realized by the provider has proved to be an impressive outcome.

One of the aspects continuing to drive Mojo Networks to a leading position among Wi-Fi networking providers is its dedication to open standards. Wilmer explains, “Open access point (AP) does not yet exist, but we have eliminated the proprietary control and management hardware from our Wi-Fi solution and are diligently working toward doing the same with access points.” Enterprises deserve a landscape where the best technology can be used to deliver reliable, scalable networks, and the team at Mojo Networks is deadset on fostering increased competition and greater innovation through open standard principles. Wilmer states, “Driving access points down to commodity level costs gives organizations the ability to choose and employ the network solutions they want. That’s where true value is created.”

"We have eliminated the proprietary control and management hardware from our Wi-Fi solution and are diligently working toward doing the same with access points"

Mojo Networks focuses its efforts on being at the forefront of changes in the Wi-Fi industry, including the latest wave of innovation in analytics. Presence detection analytics like providing information to an organization about employees’ physical location, assuming they have a Wi-Fi device on their person is something they start with. The next level of analytics in Wi-Fi allows enterprises to know when an individual has arrived at a location, where they are within the venue, how long they stay, and if they’ve been there before. This type of location-based analytics connected to the Wi-Fi network gives organizations the ability to understand their end-users at a level that isn’t easily accomplished otherwise. Whether it’s in retail, education, or other business locations, the localized functionality presents incredible opportunities for Mojo Networks in the future.

Looking ahead, the company plans to continue its growth in various industry verticals, thanks in part to its dedicated team. Wilmer adds, “Everything starts with great technologists and brilliant engineers. Once that foundation is set, products and features that truly solve business problems can be developed and perfected. Then, it’s about making the world aware of what’s been created and how valuable it is. That’s the journey we’re on now.” Mojo Networks has made a name for itself by revolutionizing the networking business through innovation and the future holds unlimited possibilities for the new architecture the company has been able to deliver. Wilmer concludes, “Our goal is to ensure customers and their end-users are thrilled with the technology and the solution we bring to the market; striving to reach that goal is our long-term success.”

Company
Mojo Networks

Headquarters
Mountain View, CA

Management
Rick Wilmer, CEO

Description
Self-aware and cognitive cloud-based Wi-Fi networking solutions underpinned by analytics

Mojo Networks