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Xirrus at US Open

This is a photo that I meant to put on my blog a couple months ago.  Thought I would use this time to catch up – Xirrus array at the US Open.   More to come…









Xirrus CEO Dirk Gates on MSNBC

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the opportunity to blog about something that was personally very exciting to see.

A couple weeks back, Xirrus’ CEO, Dirk Gates, appeared on MSNBC to talk about job growth and the state of the economy. Dirk appeared on the Dylan Ratigan show.

If you are interested, a transcript of the interview can be found here:

If you hadn’t heard, Dirk also gave a keynote presentation at last week’s INTEROP New York conference where he demonstrated 96 iPads simultaneous streaming video and surfing the web from a single Xirrus Wi-Fi array. Definitely exciting times around here at Xirrus.



Xirrus Ranks Second To Cisco Systems in Independent Enterprise Access Point Market Share Per Dell’Oro Group

WiFiJedi: Last week, I told you that I was excited to share several exciting things happening for my employer, Xirrus, such as the fact that they were named as one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc Magazine.  Below is equally exciting fact that Xirrus was ranked second in independent enterprise access point revenue:

Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Xirrus®, the only Wi-Fi Power Play in the industry, announced today the company’s key industry rankings in the 2Q’10 Dell’Oro Group Wireless LAN report. Xirrus was ranked second overall next to Cisco SystemsÒ in Enterprise Independent Access Point revenue. Xirrus’ position in the Enterprise Independent Access Point sector of the market points to an increasing trend to move the intelligence and switching capacity of enterprise Wi-Fi Networks toward the network edge instead of in a centralized controller.

Dell’Oro Group publishes Wireless LAN quarterly reports with in-depth market-level and detailed vendor market share information. The reports include tables showing manufacturers’ revenue, units shipped, and average selling prices. Highlights from the 2Q’10 Dell’Oro Group Wireless LAN report include:

  • Xirrus ranks #2 in Enterprise Independent Access Point revenue
  • Xirrus ranks #3 in 802.11n Enterprise Access Point revenue
  • Xirrus shipments were nearly 90 percent 802.11n (vs. an industry average < 50 percent)
  • Xirrus shipments grew more than 40 percent quarter-over-quarter

As customers continue to demand higher performance and capacity from their Wi-Fi networks, they require that the distributed intelligence and capacity that made their wired networks highly effective be replicated in their Wi-Fi networks. The Xirrus platform does exactly that with a fully distributed, dense radio architecture, unmatched in the amount of processing power and bandwidth it can deliver on a per access point and system basis, compared to anything else available in the industry today.

“Independent Access Points have always been a big part of the Wi-Fi market and are once again on the rise as more intelligence and greater capacity is needed at the network edge to support the growing number of users, devices, and high bandwidth applications shifting from wired networks to Wi-Fi networks,” said Dirk Gates, founder and CEO of Xirrus. “Legacy centralized Wi-Fi controllers are prone to congestion, induce latency, and frequently become encryption bottlenecks that negatively impact the user quality of experience — especially for high speed 802.11n-based networks. History often repeats itself, and in this case, wireless intelligence at the edge is following the same course of the Ethernet switching market over a decade ago.”

About Xirrus

Xirrus, Inc. is the only Wi-Fi Power Play in the industry and manufactures the high performance Wi-Fi Array – the only fully distributed dense radio Wi-Fi architecture available in the industry today. The innovative Xirrus architecture delivers unmatched RF innovation and wireless performance on a per access point and system-wide basis, yet requires fewer devices, switch ports, cabling, time, and effort to implement and maintain than traditional offerings – accelerating the Time-to-Value by 3X. Xirrus designs and manufactures its products in the USA and is Wi-Fi Alliance, VeriSign PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 certified.  For more information, please visit

Xirrus Recognized Among Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America in Annual Inc. 500 List

NOTE: There are lots of exciting things happening around Xirrus (my employer) that I would like to share with my readers. This listing in the Inc 500 is the first such item.

Xirrus Ranked No. 2 Fastest-Growing Private Company among Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers with Three-Year Sales Growth of 3,213%

Thousand Oaks, California – Aug. 30, 2010Xirrus®, the only Wi-Fi Power Play in the industry, announced today the company’s recognition as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America in the 2010 Inc. 500. Each year, Inc. and celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. Xirrus was recognized for an impressive three-year sales growth of 3,213%, and was ranked second in the telecommunications industry among equipment manufacturers, and 75th overall across all industry sectors.

“We’re honored to be in the company of past Inc. 500 nominees including Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, and Oracle,” said Dirk Gates, CEO and founder, Xirrus. “This recognition of our growth, market share, and revenue greatly adds to the overall momentum we’re seeing as a company, as we continue disrupting the networking industry with Xirrus’ patented Wi-Fi Array technology that surpasses all other Wi-Fi offerings in the industry by delivering more bandwidth and support for more users on a per device and systems basis.  Additionally, we are proud to both design and manufacture the product here in the United States, unlike all of our other competitors.”

“Fast growth at any time is a big achievement; fast growth during the past few years is just short of miraculous,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “The Inc. 500 consists of these just-short-of miraculous companies, the ones that through ingenuity and ambition have increased revenue, hired employees, and grown fast in difficult economic times.”

The 2010 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 24 to November 16 and on, is a group of companies that are smaller but much faster-growing than last year’s crop. Aggregate revenue is $11.3 billion—down from last year’s $18.4 billion—but median three-year growth is 1,231 percent, substantially up from last year’s 880.5 percent. The companies on this year’s list employ more than 45,000 people. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Xirrus

Xirrus, Inc., is the only Wi-Fi Power Play in the industry and manufactures the High Performance Wi-Fi Array technology, which is the only fully distributed, dense radio Wi-Fi architecture available in the industry today. The innovative Xirrus architecture delivers unmatched RF innovation and wireless performance on a per access point and system-wide basis, yet requires fewer devices, switch ports, cabling, time, and effort  to implement and maintain than traditional offerings – accelerating the -to-Value by 3X. Xirrus designs and manufactures its products in the USA and is Wi-Fi Alliance, VeriSign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 certified.  For more information, please visit

Xirrus – High Performance Wi-Fi™

Xirrus – The Wi-Fi Array®

Xirrus – The Wi-Fi Power-Play™

Xirrus – The Air Is The Network™


The 2010 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2006 to 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by June 30, 2006. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2009. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2006 is $80,000; the minimum for 2009 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. The companies of the Inc. 500 represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. ( is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference

Each year, Inc. and celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 30–October 2, 2010, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, located minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. For more information about the 2010 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit or call 866-901-3205.

Is Wireless Too Expensive? (Wi-Fi Busters Episode 3)

In this episode of Wi-Fi Busters, Xirrus’ Violet Smith explores the common mis-perception that wireless is too expensive for corporate use.

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Xirrus Adds Senior Sales Executive From Juniper Networks

Hayley Tabor Joins Xirrus to Rapidly Expand Global Footprint and Open New Routes to the Enterprise

Xirrus®, the leader in high performance Wi-Fi, announced today that Hayley Tabor, former senior vice president of U.S. enterprise sales at Juniper Networks®, has joined the Xirrus team as vice president of the company’s worldwide sales. Tabor brings to Xirrus an extensive global network of CIOs and major system integrators with whom she has been doing business for more than 20 years. She will be responsible for adding new professionals to the Xirrus sales team to open up new geographies and routes for the company into the enterprise.

While at Juniper, Tabor built out a highly effective sales coverage and vertical market model to drive aggressive growth through the channel and increased market share across the enterprise.

“From day one, my vision for Xirrus has been to become the ‘Juniper Networks of Wi-Fi,’ delivering the highest performing, highest capacity Wi-Fi architecture to the enterprise and to stake out the high ground against Cisco® and other legacy overlay architectures,” said Dirk Gates, CEO and founder of Xirrus, Inc. “By adding a seasoned executive like Hayley to the team – who knows how to sell performance and build high performance teams – we will supercharge our already remarkable growth rate by leveraging her skills, network, and her proven ability to deliver high growth, open new markets, and find innovative routes to the enterprise.”

“It is a remarkable opportunity to join a company that has grown as fast as Xirrus in recent years and has achieved such an intense and passionate customer following,” said Tabor. “It’s clear to me that only Xirrus was focused on solving the Wi-Fi performance problem for the enterprise. Coming from the switching world, as I looked at the competitors in the Wi-Fi market, I saw that only the Xirrus architecture puts both intelligence and more radios at the edge, closer to the user, thereby closing the gap between Wi-Fi and enterprise switching. When you have an innovative architecture like Xirrus with power and value 3X to 5X greater than anything else in the industry, I truly believe we’re in a great position to make substantial gains on the industry and in our own revenue.”

Previously, Tabor held progressively senior positions at CA focused on the large enterprise including; Canadian country manager, senior vice president of sales for the western U.S., and senior vice president & general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Wi-Fi is Only For the Young! (Wi-Fi Busters)

Only young people use Wi-Fi.  It certainly isn’t a technology that older people use.  Or is it?!?

This is the topic that is explored in this short, yet informative & fun video about wireless.  Enjoy!

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Do you need a job?

Xirrus is hiring! We are always looking for talented people to join our team.  In this particular case, our Chief Development Officer reached out to a few of us within the company asking for our help finding the right candidate for a Test Engineer position within our SQA department.  I thought it would be awesome to reach out through my blog to see if there were any readers that were interested!

Here are the job details as far as I know them:

Senior SQA Engineer

The Senior SQA Engineer is responsible for testing and qualifying the Xirrus Array software product line. This person should be proficient in wired and wireless network related protocols as well as extensive knowledge of the SQA process. They should also have extensive knowledge and experience with Linux and Windows environments.


  • Responsible for system testing of the software as it relates to particular Array platforms.
  • Responsible to execute test plans based on developing and changing product specifications
  • Responsible for working with design and development teams to debug complex problems
  • Responsible for Regression test and test automation
  • Responsible for establishing and building test beds
  • Responsible for working with cross-functional teams


  • Must have 5+ years of hands on experience in testing networking products
  • Must have some scripting experience
  • Must have strong experience in testing L2/L3 protocols
  • Must have strong experience in testing of 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11i, 802.11d+h
  • Must have ability to be a productive and flexible team member in an extremely fast paced engineering environment
  • Must have strong troubleshooting skills
  • Must be able to work independently without significant guidance
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must have extensive experience with Linux and Windows based operating systems

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of Veriwave
  • Knowledge of packet generation tools
  • Knowledge of Wireshark and Wildpackets (Omnipeek)
  • Knowledge of Spectrum Analysis tools such as Airmagnet and Wi-Spy


  • BSEE, BSCS or equivalent required

If you are interested, you should definitely send your resume to resumes <at> xirrus <dot> com.   Please also send me a head’s up at douglas <dot> haider <at> xirrus <dot> com.

You can find information about all of Xirrus’ job listings on their Careers page at

Speaking Engagement *Tomorrow* 5/13 in Texas

I will be speaking at the Region One Technology Education Conference in South Padre Island, TX tomorrow at 9 AM local time.

My presentation is titled “802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”

Session Description:

Districts making the move to 802.11n or deploying a wireless network for the first time will explore lessons learned from the past two years of over 1000 Xirrus 11n installations. Site surveys, network design, client considerations, performance results, interoperability and backwards compatibility will all be investigated.

Conference Information:

The Region One ESC Technology Conference is one of the most successful conferences in the state of Texas strictly devoted to educational technology. Our conference is carefully organized where both educators and administrators find and explore new ways to help their organizations become successful in the area of educational technology. Our conference showcases some of the latest technologies in education and provides educators and administrators in the following areas of professional growth:
  • Leadership and Administration – e-Rate Training and Technology Purchasing
  • Innovation – Web 2.0 Tools, Mobile Devices and Open Source Products
  • Teaching and Learning – Technology Education and Content Area Based Workshops
  • Technology Support and Management – Security, Data Management and Green Technologies

Here is a link to the conference website: