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Leapfrog Deploys Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Services with ADTRAN’s Virtual WLAN

ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), and Leapfrog Services, Inc., today jointly announced that Leapfrog has launched a cloud-based hosted Wi-Fi service utilizing the ADTRAN Bluesocket virtual WLAN (vWLAN®) solution. The revolutionary software-based wireless solution centralizes control and management of the WLAN on a hypervisor, making it possible to control wireless access points from anywhere in the world. The innovative ADTRAN Bluesocket vWLAN supports Leapfrog’s commitment to delivering exceptional cloud-based IT solutions, management and support, enabling the company to offer customers highly flexible, scalable and secure managed WLAN services.

As demand for highly-available wireless access in the enterprise continues to grow, Leapfrog eagerly developed a hosted solution based on ADTRAN Bluesocket vWLAN that enables customers to cost-effectively scale their wireless networks to accommodate bandwidth-rich applications, higher throughput, more users and devices, and wider mobility. Furthermore, customers can enjoy more flexibility since the control function does not have to reside on the same LAN as the access points—an important capability for hosted services and when businesses need to efficiently offer and manage multi-site access for employees and guests or public Wi-Fi. By centralizing management onto one cloud-based controller, Leapfrog is able to significantly reduce complexity of wireless network management.

Leapfrog customer Cousins Properties, Inc., a leading diversified real estate company investing in office and retail development projects throughout the Southeast, has chosen to rely on Leapfrog’s hosted WLAN service throughout multiple Class A buildings. Cousins is committed to providing tenants and guests complimentary high-performing wireless connectivity in all its properties’ indoor and outdoor common areas. Since Cousins needed multi-site connectivity, the solution was extremely appealing because they can deploy a standardized solution across all locations without the need for a hardware controller at each location and Leapfrog hosts the network management and control from a centralized point at their NOC. Over the next 12 months, Cousins will deploy access points (APs) that will serve thousands of users on a daily basis.

“When selecting a wireless LAN platform, ADTRAN was an immediate contender because the company is at the forefront of the vWLAN trend. Additionally, the company continues to show a clear commitment to the channel and MSPs specifically, offers a broad and robust product line that aligns well with our existing strategy, and caters to our customers’ needs at a palatable price,” said Emmett Hawkins, CTO for Leapfrog Services, Inc. “The ADTRAN Bluesocket vWLAN offers Leapfrog the advanced diagnostic and LAN management utilities we need to ensure high-availability, and because the solution is entirely portable customers know they’re making a smart investment because they aren’t locked in to a specific architecture or provider like with other cloud controllers.”

“Cousins has built a reputation for innovative and sustainable developments, and wireless communication has become an important part of today’s quality standards,” said Dan Arnold, CIO for Cousins Properties, Inc. “Leapfrog’s hosted Wi-Fi service, based on ADTRAN’s vWLAN platform, has provided us with reliable, 24/7 connectivity which our tenants and guests expect. The centrally managed Wi-Fi service enables us to put our wireless access in the hands of Leapfrog’s IT experts, so we can focus on our core business objectives and customers.”

“Leapfrog continues to be an innovator in the cloud and managed services space, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to help customers scale their networks for unprecedented growth,” said Todd Lattanzi, director of product management for ADTRAN’s Enterprise Networks Division. “Through these valued and strategic partnerships with resellers like Leapfrog, ADTRAN is delivering the power of virtualization through advanced wireless network solutions that offer increased performance, reliability, scalability, efficiency and significant cost savings.”

About Leapfrog

Leapfrog Services, Inc. is a leader in the IT outsourcing, cloud and managed services arenas, serving small and mid-size businesses around the world for more than a decade. Relentlessly focused on delivering highly reliable, responsive and productivity-enhancing services, Leapfrog continues to emerge as the default choice for organizations looking to improve their IT operations. From local servers to the cloud, from desktops to handhelds, from the help desk to the boardroom, Leapfrog’s partnership approach delivers IT services that are smarter, safer and more strategic, allowing you to leverage your technology while optimizing your IT investment. Hop over to www.ribbit.net to learn more.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.

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