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Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller

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Use these wireless controllers to deploy your Wi-Fi 6 network in a private or public cloud.

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Virtualizing the Wireless Network

Minimize hardware costs while optimizing wireless network performance with centralized control. The Virtual Wireless Controller can cost-effectively manage, secure, and optimize the performance of local and branch wireless networks. Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the Virtual Wireless Controller facilitates server consolidation and improves business continuity in the face of outages.

Wireless Controller Fundamentals

Learn primary benefits and protocols of controller-based wireless networks. (6:32 min)

Features and Capabilities

A component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Virtual Wireless Controller provides real-time, centralized communications between Cisco Aironet Access Points, the Cisco Prime Infrastructure, and DNA spaces

Designed for organizations with virtualization initiatives, and for small to medium enterprise deployments, the Virtual Wireless Controller offers:

  • Centralized wireless network visibility and control for up to 200 branch locations
  • Ability for IT managers to configure, manage, and troubleshoot up to 3000 access points and 32000 clients via FlexConnect
  • Secure guest access, rogue detection for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, and in-branch (locally switched) Wi-Fi voice and video
  • Reliable connectivity with the Cisco FlexConnect solution for branch network
  • Protection of access points connected to remote controllers from branch WAN failures; wireless clients remain connected with access to local resources

The Virtual Wireless Controller is a part of the complete Wireless Controller family, all offering:

  • The flexibility to centrally configure wireless policy, management, or security settings on remote access points through centralized provisioning and management.
  • Wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) capabilities
  • Centrally-defined policy enforcement across wired and wireless networks and integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine

Specifications at a Glance

  • Virtual form factor for any x86 server with VMWare Hypervisor ESXi5.x or 6.x and KVM
  • Co-resides with other virtualized network services: Cisco Prime infrastructure, MSE, ISE and others
  • Takes advantage of virtual machine infrastructure features: Vmotion, cloning, snapshot, etc.
  • Redundancy built into the server framework
Flexibility with FlexConnect solution
  • Intelligent RF control plane, centralized software update, control and management, and troubleshooting.
  • Distributed data plane for in-branch deployments of (locally switched) voice-, video-, and data-intensive applications over wireless
  • Continuous wireless services even when WAN link fails or controller flaps
Licensing flexibility and investment protection
  • Additional access-point capacity licenses can be added over time

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