It is estimated that there will be 15 billion networked mobile devices in the next three years. Work is no longer a place that you go, but a thing that you do: from any location, on any device.
The result of these transformative trends is that IT teams are universally struggling to keep up with the new demands. But there is no escaping that people love their devices, so IT needs to find a way to manage them.
But to meet the needs of Enterprise, Wireless LAN networks must provide the following 4 key elements
- All-wireless : Has become the preferred access because the right wireless network can now support the content size & latency requirements that BYOD / Mobile demand. According to Gartner By 2015, 20% of the enterprise mobile PC population will rely on WLAN as the only type of office connection.
- Scalability – BYOD & IT – In 2015 it is expected that over 50B smart devices will be connected to the Internet through mostly a wireless network – people to people, people to apps, & apps to apps or devices to devices
- Network Convergence Big data & Video – the type of data going through the network is BIG – both in terms of the bandwidth requirement & also in terms of metadata
- Finally ‘Intelligent Industries’ – this means industries now have the capability to enable visibility into all sorts of network data that includes people’s likes/dislikes & behaviors, events, machine status & environmental data that they never had before. Organizations now have the ability to do predictive management of network, the systems & the Apps.
But in order to have that intelligence, they need intelligent IT. IT is now more important than ever, because they are not just concerned about the backend offices, they now have to worry about the user experience (with all these BYOD) & at the same time provide the tools for the organization to get the intelligence they can now get
This means the role of the network has significantly changed- the types of devices, the volume of devices, the rate of change, the bandwidth required & the types of applications needed, IT can no longer rely on traditional network connectivity. Today’s networks need to have some characteristics that are more critical than before:
- Intelligence – detect type of traffic & enforce policies based on traffic type & pattern, device, use, location, access type, etc
- Identity-based traffic forwarding
- Predictive management
These devices and their applications are causing users (IT, end-user, the business) demand for:
- Increased wireless availability
- A wireless network that delivers the same quality of user experience as wired
- Transparent to user (it just works)