Cloud-managed Wi-Fi firm Aerohive goes public, raising $75M

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Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Aerohive Networks(s hive) debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker HIVE after pricing its shares at $10 last night. The company raised its original target of $75 million through the initial public offering. Its shares, however, fell in value by 9 percent in morning trading.

Aerohive operates in a very crowded enterprise Wi-Fi market dominated by Cisco Systems(s csco) and Aruba Networks(s arun) but with a dozen other specialist players vying for market share. Aerohive sells its own access points, but it tries to differentiate itself from the pack by not offering a hardware Wi-Fi controller, which would normally manage all of the nodes in a corporate wireless network. Instead Aerohive has moved its controller to the cloud and sells it to businesses as a managed service.

Aerohive's access point

Aerohive’s access point

Since it was founded in 2006, Aerohive has raised about $100 million in venture capital. Its principal investors are Lightspeed Venture Partners (20.4 percent), New Enterprise Associates (13 percent), Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (11 percent) and DAG Ventures (8.4 percent).

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Dave B

Not quite. They didn’t move the controller to the cloud, they split it up and run it on all the APs so they work collaboratively. The cloud component is a management service that only needs to talk with the APs to push out changes.

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