Cradlepoint, an LTE-focused software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) vendor, introduced a new router that will allow it to extend its SD-WAN service to first responders, transit operators, and other field force and fleet-based organizations. Because of their mobile nature, many of these customers rely upon a 4G LTE connection.
One thing often discussed at these edtech conferences, and sometimes in hushed tones, is that there’s still a big digital divide students face all over the United States. When it pertains to how that digital divide is affecting education, our friends at Kajeet call that the “Homework Gap”.
Students in Minnesota who live nearly an hour from a big city log plenty of time on buses, whether they’re traveling to away games with the hockey team or going on field trips with the science club. Eastern Carver County Schools in Chaska, Minn., wanted to make those long bus rides more productive.
2018 is shaping up to be the Year of WAN Transformation. Rapidly evolving market forces and relentless innovation is shifting Digital Transformation into high gear and driving mass adoption of cloud, mobility and IoT within business of all size and across many industries.
To gather my list of rising startups outside of Silicon Valley, I reached out to a number of investors scattered across the country. The startups that made the list are ones that have found success by leveraging the strengths in their respective markets.
Cradlepoint was honored as a 2018 Market Leader in SD-WAN by FeaturedCustomers.com. Market Leaders are vendors on FeaturedCustomers.com with substantial customer base & market share. Leaders have the highest ratio of customer success content, content quality score, and social media presence relative to company size.
Cradlepoint is unveiling new routers, wireless LAN access points and a software-inspired pricing and packaging strategy to attract and retain customers, as well as offer a software-defined branch network for small branch sites. The LTE SD-WAN company is now selling its routers, gateways, access points and software as pre-packaged offerings for select use cases in branch, mobile and IoT networking. Software is sold on a subscription basis; customers still acquire and hold title to hardware.
Operations at the branch, critical to many distributed organizations, continue to evolve to support Digital Transformation initiatives. Employees, no matter where they are located, need reliable, low latency access to their data and applications. IoT devices must be securely connected to centralized locations. Lean IT organizations need to support these new initiatives within the constraints of limited budgets via centralized management – without trained IT staff at remote locations.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is much more than just connecting devices to the Internet and Cloud, it’s about generating new business insights, automating business and production processes and accelerating innovation cycles. The vast array of IoT implementations are difficult to comprehend.
As an adult, it’s easy to get cynical around the holidays. Personally I always start sounding a little bit like Holden Caulfield, decrying hypocrisy swaddled in tinsel and garland. But there are still some things that make my Grinch-like heart grow this time of year. One of them is the NORAD Santa Tracker.