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Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Max Argent

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Xirrus EasyPass Integrates with Microsoft Office 365 for Easy, Instant Wi-Fi Access

New cloud management feature streamlines onboarding for simultaneous Wi-Fi and Microsoft Office 365 access with single sign-on (SSO)

Xirrus has announced integration with Microsoft Office 365 authentication to streamline Wi-Fi connectivity for organizations using Microsoft cloud-based office applications. A feature of the Xirrus EasyPass suite of access services, this new functionality simplifies and expedites how organizations deliver secure Wi-Fi access via the cloud-based Microsoft authentication system they are already using.

Getting users seamlessly connected to Wi-Fi so they can stay productive remains one of the biggest challenges that IT staff faces today,” said Jeremy Kushner, CEO, BACS Consulting Group, Inc. “Xirrus EasyPass with Microsoft Office 365 integration simplifies the ability to connect different devices through one set of personal credentials that employees already use for their business applications.

To save on costs and meet performance requirements, businesses increasingly leverage cloud-hosted offerings over self-hosted or stand-alone applications. According to a recent 451 Research survey, cloud-first workload deployments in enterprises are common today, as 38 percent of enterprise respondents indicated that they prioritize cloud-managed applications over on-premise applications. Microsoft cloud-based applications for businesses have one of the largest footprints within the enterprise. Adoption for Microsoft Office 365 soared from 12.4 million subscribers to 22.2 million between Microsoft’s fiscal Q3 2015 and Q3 2016.

Xirrus EasyPass with Microsoft Office 365 integration adds additional cost and performance benefits by combining authentication through the Microsoft cloud ecosystem with local Wi-Fi network access. Microsoft login credentials, unique to every person and used to access Microsoft applications, now also provide access to the Xirrus Wi-Fi network with a single sign-on experience.

The new Xirrus EasyPass Microsoft Office 365 integration makes it easier and less expensive to deliver an enterprise Wi-Fi network. Installing and maintaining their own authentication system challenges most organizations,” said Bruce Miller, VP of product marketing, Xirrus. “Whether business users work on projects, collaborate with colleagues or work from home, fully leveraging the cloud technologies now available opens up a multitude of new possibilities to simplify processes and lower costs.

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