My thoughts as it stands now...
- Meraki I think, an unproven (in UK education at least) solution with higher ongoing costs that means we either have to commit for 3 years straight off or risk price rises in future
- Aruba sounds pretty good, waiting on the pricing
- Aerohive was mentioned by the reseller doing the Meraki but they reckon costs more than Meraki so that's out
- Meru, pricey so that's out
- HP, seems to be a solution that's been passed around a bit now and seems more clunky than Ruckus?
Ruckus I think has it, the software as a service wireless doesn't really make a lot of sense as it stands as the costs end up as much (if not more) than the hardware solutions! If the APs were like £200 paying over the long term for the controller software might add up but as it stands there seems to be no cost savings associated with the cloud model imo...
Ruckus is coming in a shade under 5k for 10 APs, pretty good going for a wireless-N managed solution I'd say :)