• Nicol Dalla Longa

Multi-tenant: A novel approach for Organising and Sharing Networks

Plasma Cloud friends, we heard your call! After many years of endless password setups and useless complications, we have decided to implement a novel approach for organizing and sharing networks: Multi-tenant is now available on your trusted Plasma Cloud console!

Managing shared resources in the cloud.

What does multi-tenant mean?

Multi-tenant refers to the new user's management system that now allows the registration of private user accounts. Both you and your clients can now have your own personal accounts with which organizations and networks can be created, managed and shared.

Wait, what?

Since one image is worth one thousand words, let’s start with a simple illustration of how organizations and networks play together.

Networks grouped by Organisation. The owner is sharing one organisation and one network with two different users.

As you likely already know, each real-world deployment of Plasma Cloud devices is mapped into a network in our cloud. One or more of these networks are now grouped in an organization, thus helping you to create a tree structure that allows an easier retrieval and management of related networks. You, with your private user account, can be the owner of several of these organization-networks structures.

As an owner, you can select organizations and networks to share with other users. Sharing a whole organization means that all networks and resources belonging to that organization will be shared, whereas sharing a single network will only give access to its available resources. The sharing can happen on different levels, allowing selected users to either view, modify or delete resources. More fine-grained permissions could be added in the future, so always keep an eye on our news section and social media channels.

Which resources are shared through organizations and networks?

Some resources are organization-specific (e.g., devices and splash pages) and can be re-used across various networks. Devices can easily be moved from one network to another, while splash pages can be referenced from various networks. Users who have access to networks only cannot access these resources, but they are still allowed to retrieve network-specific resources (e.g., SSIDs).

What are the practical implications? A brief use case.

After going through all these details, let’s get to the practical implications of this novel approach. Let’s imagine, for instance, that the system integrator “Company A” sets up an organization for a specific customer (e.g., a hotel chain) and that each physical location gets its own network connected to this organization. The hotel employees monitoring and maintaining the network could be granted specific access to the hotel chain organization. Whenever one of these employees no longer works on that specific task or project or has left the company, the organization and network access can be withdrawn from their private account without affecting any other users of the system, as there is no more password sharing.

Does all of this sound good to you? If you are a distributor and you would like to use the Plasma Cloud infrastructure for your customers get in touch with us now! We are open to new partnerships and collaborations.