Hands On: Aruba Instant On

Scott Lester got to hear about Aruba’s Instant On portfolio at Mobility Field Day. These are a set of wireless products specifically targeted at the needs of SMBs. Scott was definitely impressed by it, offering low cost APs, no mandatory subscriptions, and a well built smartphone integration.


The Contention Window: S1E14: Celona and Enterprise 5G

Celona presented at Mobility Field Day, marking their debut at the event. In this episode of the Contention Window, Scott Lester spoke with the company’s co-founders, Rajeev Shah and Mehmet Yavuz.


The Contention Window: S1E13 : MFD4 Hodgepodge & Wrapup

Scott Lester and Jake Synder were both at Mobility Field Day over the summer. The event provided a wealth of information on the latest in wireless and mobility. Be sure to check out both of them on this episode of The Contention Window, where discuss what they saw at the event.


Wi-Fi Is Dead? Continued

Scott Lester was clearly inspired by Aruba’s presentation at Mobility Field Day. In his second post questioning the narrative of the death of Wi-Fi, he digs into Aruba’s experience with Passpoint, an easy way to onboard devices to wireless networks.


Decoupling the WLAN

Cisco is no stranger to Field Day events, and we were thrilled to have them present recently at Mobility Field Day. At event, they looked at how their Cisco 9800 IOS XE code can help solve the constant problem of organizations not updating. In this post, Scott Lester breaks down how they do this by offering multiple upgrade options to minimize disruptions to the network.


Wi-Fi Is Dead?

Wi-Fi is dead, and 5G will eat everything… or will it? Scott Lester takes on this industry narrative by looking at what Aruba presented at Mobility Field Day earlier this month. They showed where indoor cellular solutions fall short, and how they are innovating with Wi-Fi to keep it relevant in the enterprise long term.


A New Way to Onboard

In this post, Scott Lester looks at Cisco’s OpenRoaming initiative as a way to make faster handoffs from LTE to public Wi-Fi without dropping called. Scott got to see an in depth presentation on this at Mobility Field Day, and get’s into the technical details in this post.


Welcoming netAlly

Many a Field Day event feature the mysterious Secret Company prior to the actual event. For Mobility Field Day, the Secret Company turned out to be netAlly, which was spun out of the network tooling division of Netscout. In this post Scott Lester introduces the new company, which combines a familiar management team with a strong product portfolio and history.


The Contention Window: S1E12 : TechFieldDay – Mobility Field Day 4 Preview

This episode of the Contention Window sees hosts Scott Lester and Tauni Odia talking with Mobility Field Day organizer Tom Hollingsworth and Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett. They’re talking about the upcoming Mobility Field Day event and the overall background of the event series.


Clear Your Calendar..MFD4 Is Almost Here!

Scott Lester is excited to return to Mobility Field Day next week. He’s particularly glad to see Metageek returning as a presenter for the event. They’ve been away for several years, so there are sure to be lots of interesting updates. In this post, Scott runs down the other presenters at the event, from Aruba Networks, to Fortinet, and Juniper Networks’ Mist. And of course the tantilizing promise of a Field Day classic “Secret Company”. Be sure to follow along on the live stream to see who will be presenting!


Meet the #ATM19 Influencers: Scott Lester

We’re thrilled to have Scott Lester coming to Mobility Field Day Exclusive at Aruba Atmosphere 2019 next week. Aruba must be pretty excited too, because they interviewed Scott for their “Meet the #ATM19 Influencers” series. They talk about how he got into tech, what motivates him, the best parts about coming to events in Vegas, and the weirdest things that happened on a client site.


Has Arista lost its Mojo?

Scott Lester was looking forward to seeing what Arista would announce at Mobility Field Day, following their acquisition of Mojo Networks. Scott had high hopes for the presentation, but the traditional data center networking company didn’t exactly announce anything revelatory. In his post, Scott breaks down what was missing, and what he’d like to see Arista do with the Mojo Networks assets.


Bridging Enterprise Connectivity

In this post, Scott Lester considers some of the challenges with current connectivity approaches to the remote office. Cellular access is common, but makes it hard to maintain an enterprise security posture at all times. At Mobility Field Day last month, Cisco showed how the emergence of 5G might be the ideal solution.


Forti What?

One thing immediately struck Scott Lester from Fortinet’s Mobility Field Day presentation. The company has a swiss army like product portfolio that provides everything you need for a modern enterprise network, with the added benefits of no complex licensing tied to it. This particular presentation focused on their FortiGate as a wireless controller.


Aruba, leading the charge for wireless security

Scott Lester got to see some of Aruba’s latest AP hardware at Mobility Field Day last week. During the presentation, Aruba made the case why WPA3 was needed after a decade with WPA2, and why they are continuing to push for better standards. Scott also touches on one thing left out of the WPA3 spec, Opportunistic Wireless Encryption. This optional component has major security benefits for anyone connecting to an open AP.


#MFD3 Day 1 Recap

Scott Lester posted a summery of what he saw at the first day of Mobility Field Day. Mist Systems impressed scott with their AI-driven infrastructure, and the unique way they are able to proactively advise customers about issues. Arista Networks also provided an interesting presentation. The company recently acquired Mojo Networks, and their presentation focused on the marriage of cognitive networking and cloud driven wireless.


MFD3 Sneak Peek!

Mobility Field Day is fast coming upon us next week. We’re excited to have Scott Lester joining us out in Silicon Valley for his first event. In this post, he gives a preview of what he expects to hear at the event. Make sure to follow along on our live stream to catch every presentation along with Scott.


Scott Lester

Scott is CWNE #253 and is a Senior Systems Engineer & Wireless SME for Layer 3 Communications based in Atlanta, GA where he spends much of his time working in healthcare, stadium, and educational environments. He holds several technical certifications and when he’s not working on a project or studying, he also dabbles in blogging […]