WLAN Authority Joins Aerohive Networks

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Matthew Gast – Author of 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide – Named Director of Product Management

Aerohive is in a unique position in the WLAN market. They have already solved the data forwarding and distributed control problems that every other vendor in the space is trying to solve.

Aerohive Networks, creators of the award-winning cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, announced today that Matthew Gast has joined the company as director of product management. As a member of Aerohive’s product management team, Gast will report to Adam Conway, vice president of product management for Aerohive. Considered an authority on the WLAN market, Gast is the author of 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly Media), one of the best selling reference works in the WLAN field. Before joining Aerohive, Gast was chief strategist at Trapeze Networks.

“When we started Aerohive, we had one thing in mind: To build an enterprise-class WLAN architecture that revolutionized the market,” said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. “In a very short period of time, we have assembled one of the best teams in the industry that is moving quickly to meet that goal. We are pleased to welcome Matthew and look forward to working with him to continue pushing the technology envelope.”

Matthew Gast, director of product management at Aerohive stated, “Aerohive is in a unique position in the WLAN market. They have already solved the data forwarding and distributed control problems that every other vendor in the space is trying to solve. Joining Aerohive provides me with the opportunity to build innovative, customer centric solutions on top of an architecture that was designed for high performance, resilient, 802.11n networks from the beginning.”

Gast is a voting member of the IEEE 802.11 working group, and has served as chair of 802.11 Task Group M. As chair of the Wi-Fi Alliance's (WFA) Wireless Network Management marketing task group, he ran the investigation of certification requirements for power saving, performance optimization, and location and timing services. He also chairs the Security Technical TG at WFA, which is looking into new authentication methods to support emerging mobile devices as well as develop certification test requirements for 802.11w. In 2007, Gast was a founder of the OpenSEA Alliance, a group organized to support the development of open-source network security solutions. His book, 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, has been translated into Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Polish and Spanish.

More information about Aerohive Networks, including biographies of the entire executive team, is available at http://www.aerohive.com.

About Aerohive Networks
Aerohive unleashes the potential of enterprise Wi-Fi, enabling customers to stop buying copper, to move applications to the air, and to maximize workforce productivity. The company’s award-winning cooperative architecture eliminates costly controllers, saving money and providing unprecedented resiliency, up to 10X better application performance, and an opportunity to start small and expand without limitations. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit http://www.aerohive.com or call 408-988-9918.

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